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Job Summary

Postdoctoral position serving the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) with support from the Center for Education Design, Evaluation and Research (CEDER). Supervision of the position by MICHR will be provided by the Manager of Evaluation & Metrics and supplemented when appropriate by the CEDER Evaluation Coordinator. Faculty mentorship at MICHR will be provided by Dr. Ellingrod, John Gideon Searle Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, College of Pharmacy.
Candidate will work on NIH-supported projects conducted to develop a national competency-based training and assessment platform for clinical and translational researchers and professionals, called the DIAMOND Portal. This position will support evaluation research conducted by the MICHR. The position would also provide support for evaluation research conducted by CEDER as appropriate. The fellow will work for MICHR and CEDER utilizing U-M experts, resources and facilities to complete the project over the course of two years.


The work primarily involves the development, validation and nation-wide dissemination of competency-based assessments of research training programs designed for clinical and translational researchers and professionals.
  • In the first year of the position the fellow will systematically review and collect existing competency assessments related to clinical and translational research training and map assessments to competency domains and training opportunities to identify where MICHR must develop additional competency assessments. Best practices in educational assessment and program evaluation will be accrued by the fellow through support of CEDER evaluation research.
  • The fellow will help to design and validate additional assessments in close collaboration with MICHR staff and faculty over the full course of the position. The validation of these assessments requires the fellow to assist in the recruitment of clinical research professionals to take the training and assessments in the DIAMOND portal.
  • Assessment results, activity records and surveys conducted of these participants and education administrators of NIH-supported research institutes participating in the DIAMOND Portal will be used to develop resources enabling the ongoing engagement of Clinical Research Professionals. In the second year of the position the fellow will disseminate these resources through workshops, digital tool-kits and research publications with the aim of fostering the use of the DIAMOND Portal by a national network of roughly 60 NIH-funded research institutes.
  • The research fellow will join a large and vibrant translational research community, including an established group of educational administration professionals located at the University of Michigan, The Ohio State University, University of Rochester and Tufts University.
  • The Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research has a long track record of NIH funding and CEDER has been recognized as a leader in educational design, evaluation and research. The fellow is expected to gain valuable experience in clinical and translational research training and assessment as well as to advance their research agenda through their work at these two institutions.

Required Qualifications*

Candidates should hold a PhD in Education, Sociology, Psychology, or a related field by the time of appointment and should have an interest in the education and assessment of adult learners. The ideal candidate would have experience with competency-based education and assessment and a track record of publishing research on the validation of learning assessments. Additional qualifications include advanced quantitative skills including experience with factor analysis, regression analysis, or survey research; comprehensive training in research methodology; strong oral and written communication skills; high degree of self-motivation and maturity; and evidence of research productivity.

Work Schedule

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Work Locations


Background Screening

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Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine 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.