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Postdoc: The Role of New and Emerging Communication Technology in Human Decision-Making and Behavior

Michigan State University is offering an exciting research opportunity for a Research Associate to join as a collaborator to implement initiatives resultant to a National Cancer Institute at National Institutes of Health-sponsored conference initiative, One Health: The Role of New and Emerging Communication Technology in Human Decision-Making and Behavior. OneHealth is the idea that human health, animal health, and ecosystems are interdependent, and in this initiative it is used as a context for thinking about innovative research on communication process and theories, communication technology, and human behavior. The initiative includes a distributed network of 30 researchers from human, animal, ecosystem health, and various social science disciplines including communication, economics, philosophy, information science, and others. Its purpose is to forge interdisciplinary collaborations that tackle complex research issues that span the natural and social sciences.

Our team is looking for a self-driven, energetic, and organized person to help work with the team on driving research projects and work with involved collaborators to write grant proposals and publications in this conceptual space. The position requires the ability to lead projects and actively push forward multiple research project proposals and papers concurrently; background working in interdisciplinary teams is desirable. Strong organizational, project management and interpersonal skills are needed to help facilitate connections with multiple collaborators at Michigan State University, as well as researchers from other universities who are engaged in the project. The researcher will work closely with Dr. Maria Lapinski (Department of Communication, Michigan AgBio Reseach) and Dr. Julie Funk (College of Veterinary Medicine) who have led the project to date. The Research Associate is expected to have a vision for the progress and future of research in this area in order to establish their own research agenda, and help other collaborators build on their research in this area.

Applicants must have defended their dissertation prior to beginning the position. A doctoral degree in a field related to veterinary science or social science is required (such as Communication, Social Psychology, Information Science, Economics, Agricultural Sciences, Community Health, Sustainability, Public Health or other similar area). Candidates must have (1) experience working on grant-funded projects or grant writing experience, (2) collaborative research experience (working on research teams), and (3) substantive research interests that dovetail with understanding the social mechanisms that connect with OneHealth-issues and challenges. The Research Associate is a 12 month, full-time appointment, with a competitive salary depending on qualifications. Benefits are also provided. See and for more information on postdoctoral training and benefits at MSU.

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Julie Funk, DVM, MS, PhD
Associate Dean, Academic Programs and Student Affairs
College of Veterinary Medicine
Michigan State University
784 Wilson Rd, F-107
East Lansing, MI 48824