Assistant/Associate/Research Professor - Applicant Pool

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month, Time-Limited
Department: 190300 - Social Science Research
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Research Faculty in the Social Science Research center hold non-tenure track, time-limited positions. There are three levels of faculty appointment: Assistant Research Professor, Associate Research Professor, and Research Professor. Promotion is based on performance and demonstrated competence. These positions are contingent on the availability of funding.

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 Social Science Research Center is a 70 year old organization with a fully developed interdisciplinary program. For more information please visit our website and

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Perform, direct and/or coordinate research activities in compliance with the terms of the grant/contract.
Prepare proposals, statistical analyses and reports as needed.
Data collection.

Minimum Qualifications:

Every person employed by the University is expected to meet high standards of professional integrity, collegiality and objectivity, and to further the goals of his/her unit(s) and the University. In addition, a person of research rank must have an appropriate degree, or its equivalent in training and experience; a strong commitment to higher education, and in particular to the mission of Mississippi State University; and a willingness to assume the responsibilities and obligations appropriate to a professional or faculty university employee. In addition, the following is appropriate at each level.

To begin as an Assistant Research Professor;
A faculty member with a terminal degree in behavioral or social sciences or related discipline, who possesses the potential for successful performance in research activity or creative achievement in a university environment and can contribute to the service of the unit, university, and/or profession.

To begin as an Associate Research Professor;
A faculty member who has met the criteria for Assistant Research Professor and has consistently demonstrated an ability to perform at a level of excellence appropriate for the rank in research activity or creative achievement and can contribute to the service of the unit, university, and/or profession.

To begin as a Research Professor;
A faculty member who has met the criteria for Associate Research Professor and has demonstrated excellence in research activity or creative endeavors and can contribute to the service of the unit, university, and/or profession.

The candidate must also have experience and knowledge of research methods, statistical analyses and demonstrated research skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Research/application experience in one or more of the following areas: the social sciences, health or health policy.
Experience with statistical packages and/or geospatial technologies (SPSS, SAS, ArcView, etc.)
Experience with extramurally-funded research and development grants and/or contracts.

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a letter of application and vita. Applicants must also send transcripts and two letters of reference to: Research Faculty Applicant Pool, Social Science Research Center, P. O. Box 5287, Mississippi State, MS 39762.

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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