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How to Apply

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae; a statement of research interests related to the position; and, names with full contact information for three references to: Geoffrey Gerstner, Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1078,

Job Summary

A postdoctoral position is available to design, develop and create functional data analysis (FDA) methods to study the coordination of jaw, tongue and hyoid movements in 8 mammal species. Data are being created as time series derived from an advanced X-ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology (XROMM) system (see  The fellow will participate in developing scripts and new methods to reduce, compare and interpret time series in ways that will revolutionize and standardize how movements are depicted and analyzed. The project will contribute to the Feeding Experiments End-User Database ( and to the growing field of biological digital databases (

The fellow will work closely with faculty in the University of Michigan Department of Statistics and School of Dentistry, to catalyze statistical method development for use in comparative motor behavioral studies.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Statistics, Biology or equivalent field and have adept skills using functional data analysis methods, ideally in the R language and environment. Some familiarity with movement sciences, motor control, comparative anatomy or  functional morphology would be useful but not required.  Applicants must also possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent attention to detail, excellent ability to multitask and excellent organizational skills.  An excellent attendance record is required. 

Work Locations

This position is located at the School of Dentistry at 1011 N. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078. 

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

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MDentistry Core Values: Compassion, Leadership, Excellence, Responsibility, Trust, Creativity, and Inclusion.

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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.