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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. 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. 

Please send questions regarding this posting to Dr. Lili Zhao -

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 Biostatistics Department at the University of Michigan is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow to collaborate on vaccine safety research. Your primary focus is to study vaccine induced adverse events while incorporating adverse events ontology (linking similar adverse events), using VAERS data, and electronic heath record data. Models and methods of interest include Bayesian statistics, gene enrichment analysis, network analysis, machine learning, survival analysis, hierarchical regression models, and causal inference. You will report to Dr. Lili Zhao.

The start date for this position is flexible. Preference may be given to candidates with experience with real-world data (electronic health record or claims data). 


Required Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. in biostatistics, statistics, computer science, applied math or a related field.
  • Strong programming skills in R

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 any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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