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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

A postdoctoral position is available with the Division of Pain Research in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, with a start date no later than August 15, 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a 2-year position (1-year possible, but a 2-year commitment is strongly preferred) and will involve working closely and collaboratively with Drs. Chad Brummett, Jenna McAfee, and Afton Hassett, as well as the broader network of pain researchers and neuroscientists in the department. The primary area of effort will be at the Back and Pain Center, which is an outpatient pain management clinic, committed to advancing patient care through research. Our primary research focus is on clinical intervention trials for chronic pain, and other studies with experimental and cross-sectional correlational designs. Our research team is committed to addressing the opioid epidemic through the development of opioid cessation interventions for chronic pain patients and preventing new post-surgical opioid use. Additionally, developing and testing pragmatic and scalable behavioral interventions that enhance functioning, well-being and resilience is a priority. Please see our website ( for additional information about current projects.


Development and implementation of study designs, project oversight, analyzing data, and co-authoring manuscripts with Drs. Brummett, McAfee, and Hassett. To facilitate professional development, 20% effort will be allocated to the candidate’s independent research and manuscript preparation. This position is internally funded.

Required Qualifications*

Candidates should hold a PhD in Psychology, Public Health, or a related field by the time of appointment and should have an interest in chronic pain research.  The ideal candidate would have experience with theory based behavioral intervention development. Additional qualifications include advanced quantitative skills including experience with multiple regression, analysis of variance and survival analysis; comprehensive training in research methodology; strong oral and written communication skills; high degree of self-motivation and maturity; and evidence of research productivity.

Desired Qualifications*

 Experience with mixed methods data collection and analysis is desirable, but not required.

Background Screening

University of Michigan Health System conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Health System improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.