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Please submit a CV, names and contact information for three references, and a 2-3 page research statement summarizing your research experiences to date as well as your long-term career goals here. Note that all of your application materials must be combined into a single document. Please also provide 2-3 representative publications either with your application materials (if file size permits) or via email to Dr. Isis Settles (; please include “EHE Postdoc” in the subject line); contact Dr. Settles with any questions.

Job Summary

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Equity in Higher Education

Dr. Isis Settles, in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan, is inviting applications for a postdoctoral research fellow in the area of Equity in Higher Education.

The postdoctoral research fellow will work under the supervision of Dr. Settles to collaborate on project management of three large projects (of which two are NSF-funded) related to Equity in Higher Education. The research fellow will be involved with several collaborative, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional teams. In these ongoing projects, Dr. Settles is examining barriers to equity and inclusion for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty, with a particular focus on individuals from marginalized groups (e.g., faculty of color, women). Some specific foci include experiences of scholarly devaluation, exclusion and tokenism, and the role of the academic climate in the experiences of students and faculty. These projects are at different stages and use different research methods (quantitative surveys, qualitative interviews). The research fellow will work alongside other postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate researchers on the projects.

The postdoctoral research fellow will be housed in the Personality and Social Contexts program within the U-M Department of Psychology. Scholars working in this departmental program take a critical and often intersectional lens to research and scholarship, examining the roles of social context, power, and oppression in shaping individuals’ life experiences. More specifically, the program focuses on how aspects of the individual (e.g., race, gender, traits, social identities) and the social context (e.g., sociopolitical dynamics, inequality, culture, families, organizations) affect their development, life experiences, and well-being. The postdoctoral research fellow will have the opportunity to be part of this vibrant intellectual community through academic (e.g., brown bag talks, colloquia, lab meetings) and social activities. Additionally, opportunities for professional development will be provided.


The primary responsibility of the research fellow will be to conduct scholarly (60%), administrative (25%), and human resources (15%) activities on projects. Scholarly activities include survey development, administration, and analysis; manuscript preparation; scholarly presentations; and grant proposal preparation. Administrative activities include website development and maintenance; human subjects application preparation and submission; project documentation; project coordination; and report preparation. In addition, the research fellow will also have the opportunity to collaboratively design and conduct new quantitative or qualitative studies focused on experiences of marginalized social group members, and some time will be provided for them to complete any existing independent research projects (e.g., publication of dissertation data). Human resource activities involve payroll and budget support; and assisting with the training and supervision of graduate students and undergraduate research assistants.

Required Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. in Psychology or a related field by the start of the position
  • Proficiency with quantitative or qualitative data analysis
  • Proficiency with NVIVO, SPSS, or similar software programs
  • Research interests in organizational or applied social psychology, inequality, and/or underrepresentation in higher education contexts

Desired Qualifications*

  • Strong publication track record with some first author publications
  • Experience working in collaborative groups or teams
  • Experience supervising or managing others

Additional Information

  • This is a full-time (40 hrs/week), 12-month position and may be renewed for an additional year
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled
  • The start date is negotiable, but August 31, 2021 or early September is preferred
  • The annual salary is will be consistent with current NIH stipend levels (which depend on years of prior postdoctoral experience) and this position is fully benefits-eligible
  • A stipend will be provided for conference travel and research support
  • Opportunities for training and career development will be provided by Dr. Settles and through programs offered by the UM Postdoctoral Association and through the UM ADVANCE Program
  • Shared office space in the Department of Psychology will be provided

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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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.