Postdoctoral Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month, Time-Limited
Department: 034900 - Geosciences
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Mississippi State University is seeking applications to fill a postdoctoral fellowship to conduct research related to food security, poverty alleviation, migration, and global and domestic conflict. We encourage applications from promising candidates from both the social, natural, and data sciences, especially candidates with demonstrated experience working on food security and development-related topics. Experience with big data, GIS and related geo-referenced spatial analysis, and machine learning is highly desirable.

The global refugee population is increasing rapidly, a direct result of high levels of food insecurity and armed conflict. It is imperative to understand how conflict and food insecurity are interconnected; what drives people to abandon their livelihoods and migrate; and how to prevent and mitigate the complex nexus between food insecurity, conflicts, and migration. Mississippi State University is examining these issues at global, regional, and local scales.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of Geosciences currently has 16 tenure-track faculty, 6 clinical faculty and 4 full-time instructors, and offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Within Geosciences there are 4 areas of emphasis: Professional Geology, Environmental Geosciences, Geography/Geospatial Sciences, and Meteorology/Climatology. The Department was recently named a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. More information about the Department of Geosciences is available on our website:

Anticipated Appointment Date:

May 1, 2021

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Communicating and collaborating with a multi-disciplinary research team, Collecting, processing, and analyzing big data on food security. Dissemination of research through peer-reviewed papers and technical reports, as well as seminar and conference presentations.

Minimum Qualifications:

Postdoctoral fellows must have a Ph.D. in Geography, Anthropology, Economics, Sociology, Demography, or a related discipline at time of appointment.

The position is for one year, at a competitive annual salary and benefits package, with the possibility for an extension.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Instructions for Applying:

Applicants must apply online at by submitting a cover letter, research statement, a curriculum vitae, and a list of three references with contact information. For questions about the position or application process, please contact search committee chair Shrinidhi Ambinakudige at

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon funding availability.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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