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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

Candidates are being considered for a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Dr. Kate Fitzgerald in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. We seek candidates with strong research backgrounds to work on NIH-funded clinical trial research using functional magnetic resonance imaging, EEG and EMG to examine how cognitive behavioral therapy modulates networks underlying threat reactivity and anxiety regulation in children and adolescents with OCD and/or anxiety disorders. EEG and EMG are also used to test engagement of the same networks before and after a novel effortful control training intervention in clinically anxious preschoolers. The expected impact of these projects is an improved understanding of brain networks relevant for early onset anxiety, enabling therapy sensitive to illness stage and appropriate targeting of networks by brain stimulation and/or cognitive training techniques. We are particularly excited about candidates with a strong background in fMRI methods who are also strong writers. We want someone who can jump right into data analysis and manuscript write-up. Research, training, education, and mentorship are offered in the context of the PI’s lab which interfaces with very active group pursuing mechanistic and translational research in psychiatric disorders in adult and pediatric populations using a variety of brain mapping modalities. The candidate will have access to state-of-the-art brain imaging facilities and computational resources at the University of Michigan. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g. clinical, developmental, cognitive or social psychology or neuroscience).

This is an opportunity to enjoy Ann Arbor, MI which is regularly included on lists of best places to live.

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.


Primary responsibilities will be data analysis and write-up for neuroimaging studies designed to identify neural mechanisms of treatment effect in clinically anxious or OCD-affected youth.  Research, training, education, and mentorship are offered in the context of the PI’s lab. 

Required Qualifications*

This position is for a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g. clinical, developmental, cognitive or social psychology or neuroscience), strong data analytic and writing skills, and be prepared to contribute to the write-up and dissemination of study findings. 

Please provide a CV, statement of research interests and relevant background. Questions can be sent to Dr. Kate Fitzgerald at

Work Schedule

M-F 9:00am-5:00pm

Work Locations

4250 Plymouth Rd., Rachel Upjohn Building

Additional Information

For inquiries, please contact Dr. Kate Fitzgerald at or coordinator Jennifer Nidetz, LMSW at

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

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.


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U-M EEO/AA Statement

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