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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Personnel Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Packaging 10002634
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The postdoctoral research associate is expected to conduct empirical and analytical research in food supply chains. The successful candidate will primarily work with Dr. Monireh Mahmoudi from the School of Packaging (College of Agriculture and Natural Resources) and Dr. Stanley Lim from the Department of Supply Chain Management (Eli Broad College of Business) at Michigan State University (MSU).

This position is contingent upon completion of your Ph.D. degree and receipt of appropriate employment authorization from the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The appointee will be responsible for:

1) conducting research and taking leadership in writing research papers and grant proposals

2) developing collaboration with other research teams and industry partners. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of an extension for additional years. The expected start time for this position is January of 2024, though there is some flexibility in start time. The position can also accommodate an eight-month duration so that the appointee may begin a new employment starting in the fall semester. Preferences will be given to candidates who are already in the United States.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Operations Management, Managment Science

Minimum Requirements

  • A recently (or close to) completed Ph.D. in Operations Management, Management Science, Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Economics, or related field is a minimum requirement.
  • Advanced knowledge in choice modeling (e.g., multiple discrete models).
  • Advanced knowledge in causal inference and use of econometric tools and statistical software (e.g., Stata, R, Python) to conduct research using secondary and primary data.
  • Good writing and presentation skills.

Desired Qualifications

Advanced knowledge of, and demonstrably significant experience with mathematical modeling, optimization algorithms and software (e.g., CPLEX, Gurobi), and data analytics using computer programming software (e.g., R, Python, Matlab).

Required Application Materials

Aspart of the application process, please submit the following materials.   

  • Current/Up-to-date full curriculum vitae
  • Sample research papers (published, accepted, and/or working)
  • Contact information of two references (please include email addresses and phone numbers).

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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