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How to Apply

Applicants must submit TWO separate applications: one to the U-M President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) site ( by November 1, 2019 and a second directly to the School of Kinesiology Interfolio site by October 1, 2019.

Detailed requirements are listed on the U-M PPFP site; please carefully review the “evaluation and selection” critieria before submitting your applications.  

Materials due from the candidate:

  • Cover letter
  • Thesis abstract - one page
  • Post-doctoral research proposal - 700-1,000 words (not including references)
  • Education and background statement - 500-700 words describing your personal background and contributions to diversity and equal opportunity through your academic career. The program is particularly interested in scholars with the potential to bring to their research and undergraduate teaching the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of current and future research plans
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and experience
  • Three (3) writing samples

Materials due from references:

  •  Three (3) letters of reference

Please direct enquiries about this position to Sue Marsh at


Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

Should you need any assistance with the Interfolio application process please contact their support team Monday-Friday 9a-6p EST at: HELP@INTERFOLIO.COM or (877) 997-8807

Job Summary

The University of Michigan School of Kinesiology invites applicants for the U-M Presidential Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) ( The PPFP and the School of Kinesiology are interested in scholars in the broad field of Kinesiology whose research addresses the needs of groups that have been historically underserved by academic research. This includes:

  • Applicants with the potential to bring to their academic research the critical perspective that comes from their understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education or underserved by academic research generally;
  • Applicants in science, technology, engineering, math, economics or political science fields who can articulate how their research has the potential to serve the needs of groups that have been historically underserved by academic research;
  • Applicants who, in addition to their primary field of interest in math, science, engineering, economics, political science or technology fields, have the potential to make research contributions to understanding the barriers facing members of groups who have been historically underrepresented in these fields in higher education;
  • Applicants who have research interests focusing on underserved populations and understanding inequalities.

University of Michigan School of Kinesiology views these postdoctoral fellowships as providing an exceptional opportunity to recruit potential new faculty to the university by offering the possibility of either a postdoc alone or a combined postdoc and tenure-track faculty appointment.

In addition to the materials required by the University of Michigan’s President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) site, applicants to Kinesiology must submit the following materials as outlined under “Application Instructions” to Interfolio by October 1, 2019. Please note that some of these materials duplicate those to be submitted to the U-M PPFP site.


About the School of Kinesiology and the University of Michigan

The School of Kinesiology focuses on solving complex problems such as obesity, sport-related injuries, creating sustainable and healthy communities, and accelerating business growth and urban redevelopment through sport. The school generates more than $10M in yearly research expenditures, with faculty conducting game-changing research in 20 labs and centers. Kinesiology has more than 1,000 students in 4 undergraduate degree programs, Athletic Training, Applied Exercise Science, Movement Science and Sport Management as well as master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in both Movement Science and Sport Management. The Ph.D. program is ranked #3 in the country and Movement Science’s track in Intraoperative Neuromonitoring program is the first accredited program of its kind in the world. For more information about Kinesiology, please visit


Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan has a long and distinguished history as one of the first public universities in the nation. It is one of only two public institutions consistently ranked among the nation’s top ten universities. The University of Michigan has one of the largest health care complexes in the world and one of the best library systems in the United States. With more than $1 billion in research expenditures annually, the university has the second largest research expenditure among all universities in the nation. The university has an annual general fund budget of more than $2.1 billion and an endowment valued at more than $10.9 billion. The university’s prominent athletic programs and outstanding academic programs in medicine, engineering and other related disciplines provide ideal collaborative opportunities for Kinesiology faculty.

Required Qualifications*

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D., M.D., or other doctorate in any area of Kinesiology or related discipline
  • Research expertise in an area complementary to Kinesiology such as, but not limited to sport economics, sport and/or health and exercise data analytics, basic or applied exercise or movement science (for example: biomechanics, exercise physiology, neuromotor control, physical activity interventions), intraoperative neuromonitoring or exercise and disability.
  • Demonstrated potential for high scholarly impact
  • Evidence of successful classroom teaching experience (as a student or professional)
  • A strong commitment to teaching, interdisciplinary research, and cultural diversity
  • Ability to travel, both domestically and internationally, to attend or present at conferences and/or research meetings 
  • Eligible to work in the US

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

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.