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Business and Economic Research Center, Post Doctoral Research Associate

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If you need assistance in applying please contact Faculty Recruitment Specialist at 615-898-5128. If you have position specific questions, please contact Dr. Murat Arik at

Posting Information

Posting Information

Position Number 201030
Requisition Number F228
Job Title Business and Economic Research Center, Post Doctoral Research Associate
Department Business and Economic Research Ctr
College Business
University Expectations

Excellence in teaching, research/creative activities, and service is expected for all positions. MTSU seeks candidates committed to using integrative technologies in teaching.

Job Description

Under the direction of the Business and Economic Research Center (BERC) director, the Post-Doctoral Research Associate performs a wide range of professional duties concerning regional economic, business, and community issues. This is a full-time, 12-month, temporary appointment with possible annual reassignment for up to a total of three years.

These duties may include economic and fiscal impact analyses; feasibility studies; statistical analyses; economic and business trend analyses; regional performance analyses and benchmarking; survey design to gauge perceptions of businesspersons; literature review on economic and business issues; database creation and maintenance; data presentation using current visualization tools; and other tasks and duties assigned by the BERC director.

The candidate for this position should be able to plan, design, and analyze econometric research models; design methods and procedures for collecting and analyzing data; write and edit reports and prepare illustrations; write computer programs and build applications using APIs to present regional data; and utilize team-building and interpersonal skills to create good working relationships with academic researchers and community groups.

Grant proposal writing is a major component (at least 50%) of the Post-Doctoral Research Associate position.

Required Education

A PhD degree in economics, business, computer science, statistics, public policy, or a related field with strong training in statistics and econometrics.

Required Related Experience

Minimum of 3-5 years experience with Microsoft products including Access;

Good command with at least one of the following statistical software packages: SAS, SPSS, STATA, or R.

Required License/Registration/Certification
Other Desirable

Candidates who have a track record of successful grant-writing experience or those with 1 – 2 years experience with GIS and SQL will receive special consideration.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range for this position is $40,000 to $48,000. Additionally, MTSU provides its employees with a comprehensive benefits package that includes the following:
• Health, dental, and life insurance
• Retirement savings programs that include your choice of two plans as well as three deferred compensation savings plans
• An Employee Assistance Program
• Educational Assistance Programs
• Sick leave
• Optional or voluntary benefits, including a flexible spending account, long-term disability, long-term care insurance, and cancer and intensive care insurance.

Job Open Date 06/02/2017
Job Review Date for Optimal Consideration 06/16/2017
Is this position Grant Funded? No
Special Instructions to Applicants

If you need assistance in applying please contact Faculty Recruitment Specialist at 615-898-5128.

If you have position specific questions, please contact Dr. Murat Arik at

Additional Information

If contacted to schedule an interview, applicants should then request official transcripts (not issued to student) of all college degrees be sent directly to the academic department prior to the interview.

Likewise, you will be required to provide names and contact information for three recommenders (external to MTSU) during your application to the posting. If you are approved for the candidate pool, our online hiring system will automatically generate solicitation for these letters using contact information you provided. The letters must be current and specific to the job posting and may not be provided from a general dossier.

Applications received by posted Review Date will receive full consideration. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Pre-Employment Information

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

Job Category Faculty - Temp
Job Type Full Time
Academic Resources

Reference Letters

Reference Letters

Accept References Yes
Minimum Requests 3
Maximum Requests 5
Last Day a Reference Provider Can Submit Reference 10/31/2017
Special Instructions to Reference Provider

Recommendation letters should be submitted via a uniquely assigned link and per the instructions included in the solicitation letter that will be automatically generated if/when the recommendations are required. Generic letters stored on a third party site will not be accepted.

Letters should be addressed to:
Dr. Murat Arik, Director
Business and Economic Research Center
Middle Tennessee State University

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you a sexual offender or violent sexual offender as defined by T.C.A. 40-39-202?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • MTSU Jobs
    • State Office of Employment Services
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Friend/Employee
    • Other

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research/Creative Activities
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document
  2. Other Document 2