Postdoctoral Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 011900 - Biochem,MolBio,Entmology&Plant Path
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled Post-doctoral Associate specializing in entomologal collections research, insect ecology, conservation biology, or museum studies to join our dynamic team. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in securing funding for research projects related to the Mississippi Entomological Museum, as well as supporting outreach initiatives aimed at bringing awareness about invasive species, conservation of native ecosystems, and the importance of research collections to the public.

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 Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology pursues an academic research and service mission within the traditions of Land-Grant Universities. The Department offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and currently advises approximately 500 undergraduate and 50 graduate students.

Area of Specialization:

Grant Writing for Entomological Museum Research and Outreach

Anticipated Appointment Date:

January 1, 2024. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Conduct in-depth research to identify suitable grant opportunities for entomological research and museum projects.
2. Write and submit grant proposals, ensuring alignment with the organization’s mission and objectives.
3. Collaborate with museum staff to gather necessary information and data for grant applications.
4. Work with our staff to manage the grant application process, including budgeting, timeline development, and compliance with funding guidelines.
5. Monitor and track progress of grant applications, providing regular updates to the relevant stakeholders.
6. Assist in the development of outreach programs and initiatives to engage the community and promote entomological education.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Ph.D. in Entomology, Biology, Conservation, Ecology or a related field.
2. Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
4. Highly organized with exceptional attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Knowledge of research methodologies and museum operations.      
2. Track record of successful grant writing and securing funding for research projects.
3. Outreach experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


1. Expertise in Entomology: A strong background and advanced knowledge in the field of entomology, including taxonomy, ecology, and conservation of insects.
2. Grant Writing Proficiency: Demonstrated experience in writing successful grant proposals for scientific research projects, particularly in entomology or related fields.
3. Funding Landscape: Familiarity with funding sources, both governmental and private, that support entomological research and museum initiatives.
4. Research Methodologies: Knowledge of research methodologies relevant to entomological studies, including specimen collection, preservation, and analysis.
5. Museum Operations: Understanding of the operations and management of entomological museums, including curation and conservation of specimen collections.


1. Exceptional Writing Skills: Ability to articulate complex scientific concepts in a clear, concise, and compelling manner in written grant proposals.
2. Research and Analysis: Proficiency in conducting comprehensive literature reviews, data analysis, and interpretation to support grant applications.
3. Project Management: Strong organizational skills to manage the entire grant application process, including budgeting, timeline development, and compliance.
4. Collaboration and Communication: Ability to work effectively in a team environment and communicate effectively with researchers, museum staff, and external stakeholders.
5. Attention to Detail: Keen attention to detail to ensure accuracy and compliance with funding guidelines in grant applications.


1. Strategic Thinking: Capacity to strategically identify and pursue grant opportunities that align with the organization’s research and outreach goals.
2. Problem-Solving: Ability to address challenges and obstacles that may arise during the grant application process with creativity and resourcefulness.
3. Adaptability: Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines in a dynamic research environment.
4. Commitment to Education and Outreach: Dedication to promoting entomological education and public awareness through outreach initiatives.
5. Professionalism: Demonstrated professionalism in interactions with colleagues, stakeholders, and funding agencies.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

• Requires limited lifting of files, records, and insect drawers.
• Fieldwork requires ability to drive and includes exposure to the outdoors and associated unpredictable weather.
• Frequent, external imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position.
• Job frequently requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands.
• Travel to various events and field sites may be necessary with some overnight stays required on occasion.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applications must be submitted through the Human Resources Management website at by completing the professional application and submitting a cover letter, resume, three references, and current dated unofficial transcript. Any social numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online. An official transcript will be required if selected for an interview. For additional questions, please contact Swayze Hollenhead at

Screening Date:

November 28, 2023 until filled. 

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

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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