Michigan State University Center for Water Sciences

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Post-doctoral Research Associates

Michigan State University Center for Water Sciences

The Center for Water Sciences (CWS) at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks two highly motivated post-doctoral research associates to become active members of interdisciplinary teams tackling water, climate and sustainability research questions.

A PhD degree in sociology, economics, political science, environmental science, ecology, geology, geography, or related fields is required with the first position in social science, broadly defined, and the second position in natural sciences, broadly defined. Individuals undertaking systems oriented work and experience with modeling are preferred.

Responsibilities of these two post-doctoral research associates will be to couple the natural and social science elements of our research efforts in water, climate, and sustainability. Duties will include participating in two recently-funded transdisciplinary water projects, co-authoring synthesis papers and manuscripts, and grant writing. The goals of these projects are to 1) explore how urban and rural water systems adapt to environmental changes and how these adaptations affect water quality, health and economic opportunities and 2) relate measures of ecological condition to the provision of ecosystem services in ways that support effective decision making. These projects are led by R. Jan Stevenson, Stephen Gasteyer, David Hyndman, Frank Lupi, Joan Rose, and Erin Dreelin.

CWS research addresses a variety of water science topics including waterborne pathogens, nonpoint source pollution, aquatic ecosystem assessment, and land-water-climate interactions. CWS draws on the expertise of over 85 faculty members from multiple colleges and departments across campus, from Anthropology to Zoology. Our mission is to advance scientific research and knowledge for understanding, protecting, and restoring water resources and their sustainable use by humans and ecosystems. See cws.msu.edu for more information about the Center.

The two positions are full-time appointments for two years. Salary will be $45K annually and the position includes benefits. MSU is a stimulating intellectual environment with a tradition of excellence in water science. MSU is located in East Lansing, Michigan, adjacent to Lansing, the state capital. The area offers numerous amenities including good public schools and affordable housing. The local area and Great Lakes region offers diverse outdoor recreation opportunities and cultural attractions. To apply, send a cover letter that explicitly addresses your interest in transdisciplinary research coupling natural and social science questions, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Erin Dreelin at dreelin@msu.edu. The application deadline is March 1, 2011.

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