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In addition to submitting your application via this posting, please send to Natalie Colabianchi, PhD via email ( the following:  Cover letter that specifically addresses experience/interest in topic area and desired start date; curriculum vitae; letters of reference (preferred) or contact information for three references; and sample publications (up to three) with personal contributions stated if not the first author. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Job Summary

University of Michigan, Environment and Policy Laboratory in the School of Kinesiology

The Environment and Policy Lab (EPL) at the University of Michigan is seeking to hire a full time Postdoctoral Researcher. The EPL lab conducts research that examines the role of the built environments and policy on physical activity behavior and chronic disease outcomes in children and adults. The Postdoctoral Researcher will be expected to work collaboratively with Dr. Colabianchi and the entire research team to create and analyze multiple large datasets, prepare manuscripts for publication, and participate in national meetings for several federally funded grants focused on the role of the built environment on stroke risk, childhood obesity, and physical activity. The successful applicant will also contribute to the overall research agenda of the laboratory. There will be opportunities for authorship on publications, including first authorship, and preparing applications for external funding.

As one of the world’s leading research institutions, the University of Michigan provides an exceptionally supportive environment for research. University support includes integrated and state of the art computer technology, exceptional students and staff, and a network of world-renowned scientists. In addition to these exceptional resources, the successful applicant will have access to administrative support staff, required hardware and software, and travel funds for at least one scientific conference annually.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants should possess a PhD in Kinesiology, Public Health, Sociology, Economics or other relevant fields. Applicants must have strong data management and data analysis skills including substantial programming experience, preferably in Stata. Research experience in the area of the built environment and/or measurement of physical activity with accelerometers is required.  Evidence of scholarly ability (e.g. publications in peer-reviewed journals) is expected. The candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, be strongly motivated, and work well in a team setting

Additional Information

This is a one year position with the excellent possibility of a second year based on available funding and successful performance during the first year.

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.

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.