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How to Apply

Please submit the following application materials (Note: All of your application materials must be combined into a single document):

  • Cover letter that includes the names and contact information for three references
  • CV
  • 2-3 page statement summarizing your research interests and experiences to date
  • 2-3 representative publications or papers

If your file is too large to upload, please email your materials to Climbs.Up@umich.eduPlease contact Dr. Isis Settles ( with questions.

Job Summary

Project Name

Broadening Participation of Underrepresented Scholars in Academic STEM: The Influence of an Inclusive Climate on Early-Career Outcomes

Position Summary

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary, NSF-funded project examining the role of an inclusive climate in academic STEM on career outcomes and attitudes of underrepresented scholars. This quantitative survey research is being conducted jointly by Dr. Isis Settles (Departments of Psychology, Afroamerican and African Studies, and Women and Gender Studies) and Dr. Erin Cech (Department of Sociology) at the University of Michigan (UM) along with a team of scholars at Michigan State University (MSU; Drs. Kendra Spence Cheruvelil, Georgina Montgomery, and Kevin Elliott). The postdoctoral researcher will be housed in the Department of Psychology at UM, and primarily advised by Dr. Settles with assistance from Dr. Cech. Remote work is possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The primary responsibility of the researcher will be to conduct scholarly, administrative, and human resource activities to manage the research project at UM. Scholarly activities include research survey development, administration, and data analysis; manuscript preparation; and scholarly presentations. Administrative activities include creating and submitting human subjects applications, survey participant database creation and management, and documentation of the research process. Human resource activities include working with faculty at both institutions, coordinating scholarly activities with the postdoctoral scholar at MSU, and overseeing the work of the graduate and undergraduate research assistants at UM. Opportunities for training, professional development, and conference attendance will be provided.

Required Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. in Psychology, Sociology, or a related field by the start of the position
  • Proficiency with survey design and quantitative data analysis
  • Proficiency with SPSS or Stata
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Research interests in organizational psychology/sociology, inequality, and/or underrepresentation in STEM

Desired Qualifications*

  • Proficiency with structural equation modeling software (e.g., MPlus, Stata)
  • Proficiency with multilevel modeling
  • Strong publication track record with at least one first author publication
  • Experience working in collaborative groups or teams

Additional Information

  • This is a full-time (40 hrs/week), 12-month position. It is anticipated to be renewed for two additional years contingent on satisfactory performance and the availability of funding  
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled
  • The start date is negotiable, but January 19, 2021 or earlier is preferred
  • The annual salary is $51,504, and this position is benefits-eligible
  • Remote work is possible during the COVID-19 pandemic; otherwise, a shared office is provided
  • Opportunities for training and career development will be provided by the team and through programs offered by the UM Postdoctoral Association and through the UM ADVANCE Program
  • Funds may be provided for travel to one conference per year

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

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