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Job Summary

The Culture Collaboratory at the University of Michigan, directed by Dr. Stephanie Fryberg, seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. The Fellow will work on a new NSF-funded project examining the cultural forces that promote and maintain prejudice, bias, and inequality. In particular, the project focuses on how omissions (i.e., the absence and erasure of groups and their experiences) that manifest in deeply rooted cultural narratives perpetuate prejudice and inequality. In a series of qualitative and quantitative studies, we aim to unpack the scope and psychological consequences of the omission of Native Americans from cultural narratives and explore how non-Native individuals justify these omissions. Subsequent experimental studies will examine the motivational underpinnings of these justifications (e.g., a desire to protect national esteem) and test interventions intended to change cultural narratives and build a more equitable future.

The fellow will join a team of researchers from the University of Michigan (Drs. Stephanie Fryberg and Laura Brady) and UC Berkeley (Dr. Arianne Eason). They will also have opportunities to affiliate with and develop groundbreaking Indigenous research at the newly developed Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity (RISE) Center at the University of Michigan. RISE is a multidisciplinary, multi-university collaborative of humanist social scientists, artists, and activists working together to create narrative change for Indigenous Peoples.

The ideal applicant will be well-versed in cultural and social psychology, with expertise in bias and inequality and/or national identity. They will also have strong methodological and statistical skills, including experience coding and analyzing qualitative (e.g., photo, video, essay) and quantitative data, constructing theoretical and statistical models, and running complex statistical analyses (e.g., structural equation modeling; multilevel modeling). The applicant should be passionate about developing psychological tools to address problems of social inequality and committed to diversifying the academy by mentoring students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Experience working with Indigenous Peoples and/or conducting research on Indigenous issues is preferred but not required.  This is a 100%-effort, 12-month position with the possibility of renewal.


General Project Management Activities

  • planning, executing, and overseeing grant activities (e.g., data collection, data analysis, summary and dissemination of findings)
  • reporting project progress and findings to the research team, academic and lay audiences, and funders
  • writing grants to secure additional funding


Advancing Existing Research and Developing New Research

  • planning, running, and summarizing complex statistical analyses to test primary hypotheses
  • developing and testing novel research questions related to Native omissions and the cultural and psychological processes that maintain prejudice and bias against Native Americans
  • developing and testing the consequences of new narratives about Native Americans
  • collaborating with diverse teams of researchers, artists, activists, and Native stakeholders to develop novel research questions and solutions to address the needs of Native American communities
  • designing culturally responsive lab and field studies


Communicating with Diverse Lay and Scientific Audiences

  • communicating with Native American stakeholders engaged in narrative change and equity work
  • presenting findings at meetings of professional organizations
  • presenting research to prospective funders


Mentoring and Supervising Junior Scholars

  • collaborating with senior lab members (e.g., research scientists, post-docs, and advanced graduate students) to scaffold the development of the next generation of Native researchers and allies
  • mentoring graduate students
  • overseeing and mentoring project coordinators
  • attending weekly lab meetings

Required Qualifications*

  • PhD in social or cultural psychology or related field
  • Experience running lab, online, and field studies
  • Experience using diverse research methodologies
  • Advanced statistical skills (e.g., multilevel modeling, path analysis, and multivariate statistics)

Desired Qualifications*

  • Knowledge of multiple statistical analysis programs (e.g., SPSS, R, MPlus)
  • Strong communication and leadership skills
  • Experience with or willingness to learn naturalistic data collection and analysis

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.