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Presidental Postdoc Position Description

EEB’s Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship is a two-year position with an annual salary of $65,000 plus benefits, as well as a research stipend of $8,000 per year. Postdocs are expected to be based on MSU's campus. Up to $1,000 of moving expenses may be reimbursed from the research stipend in the first year. We encourage applications from candidates in any early-career stage, from finishing PhD students to current postdoctoral scholars.

Applications for the 2024-2025 fellowship are closed. The new cohort will be announced in April, with an expected start date of between June 1 and Sept. 1, 2024. FAQs for prospective candidates and faculty mentors can be found here.


Research Program


The fellow is a fully participating member of EEB at MSU and is expected to have a cutting-edge research program that bridges the interests of two or more EEB core faculty members. Candidates should contact potential core faculty mentors  before applying, as each faculty mentor will need to fill out the sponsor form.


Community Engagement


The fellow also contributes to the EEB community via a community engagement initiative. The proposed initiative is up to the discretion of the applicant, possible ideas include (but are not limited to): a workshop on diversity, equity, and inclusion, professional development, or a technical research skill; a science communication or public engagement product or event; a public science initiative, a journal discussion group, curriculum development, etc. The fellow’s research stipend may also be used to support the community engagement initiative.


Application Components


Applicants will need to enter the contact information for two references willing to write letters of recommendation on behalf of the candidate. MSU will contact letter writers directly with instructions for a select number of applicants.

In addition, each faculty sponsor (not the applicant) should fill out the sponsor form to indicate their support for the candidate's application, how the candidate's research will integrate into the faculty members' labs, and a brief description of the mentor's contributions to the EEB community (service, teaching, etc.). 

The required application materials should be uploaded as four separate documents:

  1. Cover letter (1 page max)
  2. CV
  3. Other document #1
  4. Other document #2

Other document #1 should include:

  • Research statement including past research accomplishments and proposed research plans as an EEB postdoctoral fellow (2 pages max)
  • Community engagement proposal (1 page max)
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion statement (1 page max)

Other document #2 should include:

  • Up to two publications, preprints, or manuscripts representative of the applicant’s work (works #1 and #2 should be uploaded as a single file)

Michigan State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Questions can be directed to the committee chair Emily Josephs.