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A cover letter is required and should be attached as the first page of your resume. Your cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, introduce your current research, and discuss your future research plan. This will also be used to assess your written communication skills. Please include the names and contact information for three references. 

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Applications will be reviewed by Dr. Xu Shi ( at the Department of Biostatistics at University of Michigan and Dr. Eric Tchetgen  Tchetgen ( at the Statistics Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Job Summary

Being part of something greater, of serving a larger mission of discovery and care — that's the heart of what drives people to work at Michigan. In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. It's adding a purpose to your profession. Work at Michigan and become a victor for the greater good. 

The Department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral research fellow in causal inference and vaccine studies with supervision from Dr. Xu Shi ( at the Department of Biostatistics at University of Michigan and Dr. Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen ( at the Statistics Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Your focus on this project will be:

  • Developing causal inference methods to detect and resolve unmeasured confounding bias
  • Leveraging negative controls in vaccine effectiveness and safety studies
  • Using electronic health records data from a national vaccine safety data network and an emerging test-negative design platform. 
  • You are also encouraged to bring your own novel research ideas.

The project is funded by NIH with investigators from University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, University of Hong Kong, and Peking University. The position is based in the Department of Biostatistics at University of Michigan, with the opportunity to be a visiting scholar at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Remote work is allowable during COVID-19 restrictions, along with a flexible start date.



  • Develop statistical methods and theory and apply them to vaccine effectiveness and safety studies
  • Write manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals
  • Disseminate research findings at professional conferences
  • Collaborate with biomedical researchers

Required Qualifications*

  • Doctoral degree in biostatistics, statistics, or a related field
  • Strong statistical background
  • Programming experience

Additional Information

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for dependent care expenses 

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.

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.

Priority will be given to applications received by March 1, but applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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