Academic Specialist



Rank:  Academic Specialist – Research (AN, 12 month fixed-term, with annual renewal based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding)

            Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources


Duties and Responsibilities:  NC IR-4 Regional Field Coordinator (RFC) oversees and coordinates the activities of field cooperators (FRDs) who conduct Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) field residue trials and efficacy/crop safety trials for IR-4. The RFC assigns field-testing sites within his/her region, reviews Field Data Books for accuracy and completeness, and facilitates the FRD conduct of field trials. The RFC assists IR-4 Study Directors (SD) in meeting their responsibilities while monitoring progress of field trials, and serves as liaison between SD and FRD. The RFC will ensure that the FRD have sufficient training and experience to conduct the field trials as outlined in the protocol. RFC communicates with commodity liaisons and specialty crop stakeholders in the region, and assists in prioritization process at the FUW and National Research Planning meetings. This includes preparing materials for newsletters, IR-4 website and presentations at grower & professional meetings. RFC may also need to conduct field trials under certain circumstances.  This position is located at the MBI Building near the MSU campus. 


MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at http://miwin/ Information about Worklife at MSU can be found at


Basic Qualifications:  Requires PhD in biological sciences and 2 years of related work experience; including experience with Good Laboratory Practice field research procedures, and pesticide labeling and EPA regulations.


Desired:  GLP work experience in specialty crops.


Desired start date:  July 1, 2018


Salary rate:  65,000 – 80,000 per year.


How to Apply:  Applicants must apply online at:, Posting Number 489291.  Applications must include the following: letter of application, curriculum vitae, and statement describing the philosophy of work with under-represented groups is required. Closing date for applications is March 16, 2018 or until the position has been filled.   Questions regarding the position may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. John Wise, Department of Entomology (Phone: 517-432-2668;


The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.



Job Type: 
Job Listing Expiration: 
60 Days
Company Name: 
Michigan State University
Name of Contact Person: 
John Wise
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East Lansing
United States
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