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Due to restrictions associated with the funding mechanisms, only US citizens or permanent residents will be eligible for these opportunities.


Applicants should apply online by uploading your resume, a cover letter is required and should be attached as the first page of your resume.  The cover letter should address your special interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


Additionally, candidates should submit the following materials directly to Dr. Marita Titler ( by March 2, 2020.

  1. A two to three page narrative that:
  • Describes his/her area of research interest in this training program, and that fits with the research of the potential mentors at Michigan \ -Demonstrates the motivation to pursue a research career in promoting health and safety
  1. A curriculum vitae
  2. Three letters of recommendation.  One letter of recommendation should be your doctoral advisor/dissertation chair.
  3. Official transcripts of graduate study
  4. Reprint of research publications (or a copy of the doctoral dissertation)


The University of Michigan School of Nursing announces a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship position that is funded by a NINR T32 training program.  The focus of the training program is: Complexity: Innovations in Promoting Health and Safety (CIPHS).


Objectives: The research fellows will focus on one of the following:

  • Investigate the complex array of personal, social, and environmental factors that impact the health and safety of individuals and populations across the wellness-illness continuum to inform the design and testing of interventions.
  • Design and test innovative approaches to promote health and safety, and prevent development of chronic conditions at the individual and population levels.
  • Design and test innovative approaches to promote health and safety among those with chronic conditions to enable them to live well with chronic illness.

Areas of Focus

Promoting health through prevention and safety


  • Adolescent health
  • Risks associated with substance abuse, violent behavior, and precocious sexual behavior among youth
  • Behavioral interventions to reduce violence and substance abuse among youth
  • Prevention of unintentional injuries such as fall-related injuries among the elderly
  • Decision making related to cancer prevention and control
  • Prevention of obesity and diabetes
  • Promoting safety of hospitalized patients (e.g. prevention of healthcare acquired infections)
  • Use of innovative analytic methods to large national datasets and claims data to understand complex health issues and population health
  • Women’s health such as urinary continence, reproductive health, prevention of maternal and neonatal mortality
  • Sexual health such as HIV prevention
  • Workers’ health and safety (e.g. prevention of noise-induced hearing loss among farm operators and their families, prevention of healthcare workers’ exposure to toxic chemotherapeutic agents)
  • Communication and use of technology among healthcare providers (e.g.,nurses, physicians) that impacts potential adverse healthcare events associated with miscommunication
  • Promoting health among vulnerable and community-based populations
  • Implementation of research-based interventions to promote health and safety (implementation science)

Promoting health in the context of chronic conditions to facilitate living well with chronic illness


  • Use of mobile health technology to improve chronic illnesses
  • Treatment of diabetes and associated complications
  • Management of depression and dementia among the elderly
  • Use of artificial intelligence-based text-messaging system to improve medication adherence for individuals with uncontrolled hypertension
  • Investigating complex mechanisms of symptoms experienced by cancer survivors
  • Testing bio-behavioral interventions to promote health among those with cancer                                                                          
  • Improving sexual health among women with a history of breast and gynecologic cancer
  • Testing interventions to address painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN)
  • Investigating factors that influence physical activity and quality of life in people with chronic lung disease
  • Testing the effects of an exercise intervention to promote health and increase physical activity among persons with COPD
  • Testing the effectiveness of a psycho-education intervention for women with abuse-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Investigation of treatment factors for nonspecific back pain
  • Improving quality of life among people with chronic illness

Required Qualifications*

  • PhD in nursing or related field
  • If a PhD is in a related field, then a Master’s degree in Nursing is required
  • Commitment to a research career in one of the focus areas
  • Demonstrated commitment to a research focus area of the CIPHS program (described above)
  • Demonstrated motivation to pursue a research career
  • Strong letters of recommendation
  • Competitive graduate GPA
  • Interviews with the UM-selected Primary Mentor and Program Committee

Additional Information

The University of Michigan is a world-class research institution.  The School of Nursing offers a range of accredited educational programs and is consistently ranked among the top schools of nursing in the country.

For more information about the U-M School of Nursing please see

The School of Nursing seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan that extends worldwide, to fulfill the School’s strategic plan, and to sustain the excellence of the School of Nursing.

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit:

The selected candidate must have the Ability to promote the School of Nursing’s Declaration of Values to Empower each other to interrupt or disrupt disrespect; Practice communication that is beneficial, kind and true; Inspire and be inspired by our members’ worth, significance and integrity; Cultivate respect for ourselves and others routinely, publicly and privately.

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Contact Information

For further information regarding this position please contact Dr. Marita Titler ( or Dr. Marjorie McCullagh (

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.