Research Associate in Psychology

Michigan State University College of Social Science

United States

Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Psychology Social Science 10038698
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific

Position Summary

The Department of Psychology is recruiting for a research associate (post doc) to work on longitudinal research study evaluating the impact of Domestic Violence Housing First (community-based advocacy and flexible financial assistance) on domestic violence survivors’ housing stability, safety and well-being. This longitudinal study involves over 400 study participants, with data gathered across five time points over two years. Data collection is ongoing and expected to be complete in August of 2021 but data across one year have already been collected and are being analyzed. Under the direction of Dr. Cris Sullivan, the research associate will assist with conducting and overseeing quantitative data analysis, co-authoring papers for submission to academic journals, report writing, and assisting in dissemination. Additional responsibilities may include data management, grant writing, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The research associate will receive strong mentorship in further developing their own, independent program of research, grant development and manuscript development.

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, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Community Psychology, Human Development

Minimum Requirements

  • Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant applied social science or interdisciplinary field such as Community Psychology, Applied Social Psychology, Social Work, Human Development & Family Studies, or Public Health by the start of the position (or at a minimum, the final defense date must be scheduled).
  • The successful candidate must have experience in the design, methods, and evaluation of community-based research projects pertaining to either domestic violence or housing/homelessness (ideally both).
  • Strong quantitative analytical skills with longitudinal data are required, as are strong writing skills and a demonstrated commitment to social justice.
  • The successful candidate must be excited about participating in an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
  • They must communicate respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications

Preference will be given to those with demonstrated success in publishing research in academic journals. Candidates fluent in both English and Spanish are preferred (but Spanish not required) as data are being collected in both languages.

Required Application Materials

  • Cover letter describing your scholarly interest and relevant experience, and that includes a description of your commitment to social justice (with specific examples of how this is demonstrated in your work)
  • CV
  • Writing sample of at least 2 manuscripts (published or unpublished)
  • Three references who can speak directly to your research capacity: include name, phone number, email, and relationship. Reference letters will be requested for finalists.

Special Instructions

Questions about the application process should be directed to the Search Coordinator, Erin Laudenslager, at Questions about the position can be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Cris Sullivan at

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Department Statement

The Department is dedicated to advancing psychological science through multidisciplinary research and providing a world-class education for our undergraduate and graduate students. As part of the College of Social Science at a land grant university, our department’s broader mission is to conduct research that transforms lives and inspires leaders on our campus, in Michigan communities, and across the world.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Nov 5, 2020 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Nov 5, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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