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In addition to submitting an application for this position through the University of Michigan Careers at the U website (, submit CV (including indication of citizenship), a statement describing research interests and career objectives, and 3 letters of recommendation, to: by January 26, 2018. Applications will be reviewed immediately. The key selection criteria include: (1) a demonstrated proficiency and potential to become a leader in research in child development; and (2) a demonstrated interest in an interdisciplinary approach to applying basic developmental and behavioral science to improve children’s health and well-being.

Job Summary

Market Title:  Research Fellow

Department:  Center for Human Growth and Development

FLSA:  Exempt

Salary Range:  Compensation will be based on standard postdoctoral NIH rates for institutional training grants (T32, T90) and individual fellowships (F32).

Hours/Week:  40 hours/week

Shift/Hours/Days:  Days/ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM/ M-F

Applying Basic Behavioral Science to Improve Children’s Health and Well-being Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship.  This is a term-limited position with an initial appointment period of one (1) year with the opportunity for a second (2nd) year based on satisfactory performance.

Applications are now being accepted for an NICHD post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Michigan Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD). The Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD) is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the advancement of research on children’s health and development by fostering collaborations among biomedical, behavioral, and social scientists. CHGD’s scientists integrate the science of child development with pressing public health issues affecting children and their families.

CHGD will award one post-doc starting in Fall 2018. Salary is in line with NIH pay scale.  Offer includes full U-M health benefits and discretionary funds to be used for conference travel and research expenses.

The goal of this training program is to prepare future leaders in the field of child development who will be poised to make substantial contributions to improving health and well-being in childhood by integrating biology, behavior, and intervention science. Cross-cutting themes in the training program include: (1) trajectories of child development and their biological underpinnings; (2) parenting as a transactional process with roots in biology; and (3) behavioral intervention implementation.

The major features of the training include: 1) a mentor-based research apprenticeship with an NIH-funded investigator that culminates in the completion of an independent research project; and 2) a formal core curriculum that focuses on the skills necessary to become an independent investigator, including: developmental theory and methodology, study design and statistical modeling, translation of research findings into interventions, professional socialization, grant preparation, career planning, scientific presentations, project management, and the ethical conduct of research.

Required Qualifications*

The successful candidate will have earned a Ph.D. by the time of appointment in developmental psychology, human development and family studies, developmental neuroscience or a related field specializing in research on child development. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is necessary due to training grant requirements. 

Background Screening

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

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