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How to Apply

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and include the names and contact information for two references.

Applications will be jointly supervised by Dr. Xu Shi (Department of Biostatistics - University of Michigan), Dr. Jennifer Nelson (Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute), and Dr. Patrick Heagerty (Department of Biostatistics - University of Washington).

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Job Summary

The Department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral fellow to develop statistical methodologies for the harmonization of electronic health record data with a focus on transfer learning. The position is funded by the FDA Sentinel Initiative (website), a national effort that leverages large-scale, multi-site electronic health record data to transform how the safety of FDA-regulated products is monitored. 


The postdoctoral fellow is expected to collaborate with the research team to develop and implement statistical methods and computational tools for the harmonization of electronic health records data, present updates/progress at regular workgroup meetings, write manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, and disseminate research findings at professional conferences. We encourage candidates to bring in their own novel research ideas. The duration of the fellowship is two years, and an ideal start date is June 1st, 2021. Remote work is allowable during COVID-19 restrictions, along with a flexible start date.

Required Qualifications*

  • A doctoral degree in biostatistics, statistics, bioinformatics, computer science, or a related field by the appointment start date
  • Strong statistical background
  • Excellent programming skills
  • Strong communication skills.

Additional Information

The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits to its postdoctoral research fellows. 

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.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

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