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Please submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a research statement summarizing your research interests and experiences to date as well as your long-term career goals. Note that all of your application materials must be combined into a single document. Also, please email 2-3 representative publications to Jaime Howe at

Job Summary

The Social Identity Lab, directed by Dr. Isis Settles in the Department of Psychology, is inviting applications for a postdoctoral research position. The Social Identity Lab is housed in the Personality and Social Contexts program, which takes a critical and often intersectional lens to research and scholarship, examining the roles of social context, power, and oppression in shaping individuals’ life experiences. More specifically, the program focuses on how aspects of the individual (e.g., race, gender, traits, social identities) and the social context (e.g., sociopolitical dynamics, inequality, culture, families, organizations) affect their development, life experiences, and well-being.

The goal of the Social Identity Lab is to study the psychological and organizational consequences of mistreatment (e.g., racial discrimination, sexual harassment) faced by individuals from marginalized social groups, particularly racial/ethnic minorities and women. The lab seeks to identify consequences of mistreatment, risk and protective factors, and explanatory mechanisms. To do so, the lab uses qualitative and quantitative research methods. Most research in the lab focuses on college students and employees in academic and other workplaces (e.g., the U.S. military).

The successful postdoctoral scholar will work under the supervision of Dr. Settles on analysis of and manuscript preparation for qualitative data from 118 interviews with faculty of color focused on their workplace experiences. The postdoctoral scholar will also have the opportunity to collaboratively design and conduct new quantitative or qualitative studies focused on experiences of marginalized social group members, and some time will be provided for the scholar to complete any existing independent research projects (e.g., publication of dissertation data). Competitive candidates will have experience analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data, and should have demonstrated skills in research design and manuscript preparation (as demonstrated by a successful research and publication history), and be comfortable assisting with grant proposal preparation and the training and supervision of graduate students and undergraduate assistants in research.

Required Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. in Psychology by the start of the position
  • Proficiency with qualitative data analysis
  • Strong publication track record with some first author publications

Desired Qualifications*

  • Proficiency with quantitative data analysis
  • Proficiency with NVIVO and SPSS
  • Research interests in prejudice/stereotyping/discrimination and identity

Additional Information

  • This is a full-time, 12 month position and funding is available for up to two years (the appointment is for one year but is renewable for a second year based on progress/merit)
  • The start date is negotiable but Summer or Fall 2018 is preferred
  • The annual salary is $47,476 with an extensive benefits package
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled

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

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

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.