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How to Apply

As one PDF file, provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, a writing sample (e.g., a published article, article manuscript, or dissertation chapter), and the names and contact information of two recommenders directly via email to: with subject line “Marsh Postdoctoral Research Fellow.”

If unable to send via email, mail information to: Marsh Postdoctoral Research Fellow, c/o Chief Administrator, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan, 105 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1048.

Direct any questions related to this position to Dr. Sonya Dal Cin (

Required Materials

  1. Cover Letter: Briefly situate your work in relation to communication studies and explain why the Department of Communication Studies is a particularly good place to pursue your research. Max. 2 single-spaced pages.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (dated)
  3. Research Statement: Clearly describe your:
    • areas of research, including any current and future research plans (which may include, but should extend beyond, revising the dissertation for publication)
    • technical skills and abilities (e.g., familiarity/experience with specific methodologies, knowledge of particular tools or software).  Max. 2 single-spaced pages.
  4. Teaching Statement: Please provide a brief statement of teaching philosophy and experience. Candidates who have taught courses at the university level should include the course name/topic, enrollment, and evidence of effective teaching (e.g., evaluation data, testimonials, or other forms of documentation). Also provide a short description (250-300 words) of at least two undergraduate courses that you could teach in communication studies. Full syllabi are not required with the application.
  5. Writing Sample: Please submit one sample equivalent to a single journal article, book chapter, or a chapter from your dissertation. The writing sample may be published or unpublished, but it must be in English. Max. 30 pages (double-spaced).
  6. Names and Contact Information for Two Recommenders: Please provide contact information for two recommenders. Once you submit your application, we may contact your recommenders. Do keep in mind that at least one recommender should be in a position to comment on your teaching experience and abilities. Recommenders should also be able to clearly indicate what work remains to be done on your dissertation (if you have not yet defended the dissertation) and when you will complete all the requirements to receive your degree. Please inform your recommenders that if requested, letters of recommendation will be due no later than June 30, 2018.

Job Summary

The Department of Communication Studies at Michigan invites candidates for the Marsh Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. This is a 12-month term-limited position beginning 9/1/18 with a possibility of renewal for a second 9-month term.  

Applications are welcome from scholars with demonstrated research expertise on the interplay between digital entertainment and health outcomes. This position is an ideal opportunity for a scholar with interest in health and medicine, but whose work is rooted in media and communication studies, drawing on communication science, psychology, epidemiology, human development, and other cognate disciplines. The post-doctoral fellow will be affiliated primarily with the Department of Communication Studies and will work closely with faculty and students interested in media psychology and media effects.

The salary is set at $50,000 for the 12-month appointment. In addition, the Fellow is eligible to apply for up to $2,000 during the appointment period to fund research and conference travel, and will receive a $2,000 taxable payment in the first month of employment to assist in the relocation to the Ann Arbor area. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position.


This is a 100% effort position during the academic year (9/1/18 - 4/30/19), and 50% effort during the spring/summer half-terms (5/1/19 to 8/31/19).  It is expected there will be a combination of research (33.33%) and teaching (66.67%) effort during the academic year, and research-only effort (50%) during spring/summer.  The position is expected to begin no later than September 1, 2018.

During this appointment the selected candidate will join and support an existing research team that is launching a new project on digital entertainment and health in children and adolescents. The successful candidate is expected to contribute in substantial and meaningful ways to the productivity of the research project in particular and, more generally, to the intellectual life of the department. This involves a full range of research and project management duties, including but not limited to:

  • Review of relevant empirical literature
  • Preparation of funding proposals
  • Preparation of research reports/articles
  • Design of studies and analysis strategies
  • Drafting protocols, including IRB and preregistration documents
  • Preparation of conference presentations
  • Training and supervision of research assistants
  • Coordinating with study sites and partners
  • Maintaining research records and preparing (if applicable) public-use datasets

The successful candidate will receive active mentorship from members of the project team, but must also have a proven ability to work independently.

As part of this position, you will be expected to teach two courses during both Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 terms.  Courses will be assigned in consultation with the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies, and formal communication of each teaching appointment will be provided at a future date.  In the College of LSA, teaching assignments generally require appointments in instructional titles.  We expect that each teaching appointment under this Postdoctoral Fellow offer will be made as a faculty position (i.e., a non-tenure track Lecturer appointment), and set at 66.67% effort.

Required Qualifications*

To be considered, applicants MUST have earned a Ph.D. by the start date of the appointment (September 1, 2018), and must have experience with quantitative social science methods.

Preference is for applicants with an established record of research and scholarship relevant to the position, as evidenced by publications, presentations, and work in progress.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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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

The deadline for applications is June 15, 2018 at 5 pm EST.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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