Research Fellow

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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. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


The Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health (CSEPH) at the University of Michigan (UM) is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to join a NIH-funded project focused on understanding depression and suicide risk over the lifespan. CSEPH is an interdisciplinary population health science center focused on understanding social determinants of health and health inequities. Two of the research strengths within CSEPH pertain to mental health and aging. This project, the Aging, Transitions over the Lifespan and Suicide (ATLAS) Study, examines how major transitions in work, housing, health, and social life relate to suicide risk by leveraging several cohort studies and population-based registries. 

The person who fills this position will work with an interdisciplinary team of faculty collaborators from Michigan Medicine, the Institute for Social Research (ISR), the School of Public Health (SPH), and the School of Information. The person who fills this position will join a collaborative and productive research team. Main activities include conducting analyses of the relationship between life transitions and suicide risk using multiple existing population-based datasets, writing manuscripts, and presenting results. The fellow will have significant freedom to create a research agenda within this research topic, as well as opportunities to advise students and collaborate with other faculty and across the university, including with the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS), SPH, and ISR.


  • Co-author research papers for publication and posters and presentation for conferences and workshops.
  • Conduct longitudinal analyses related to suicide risk using existing population-based cohort studies.
  • Develop and implement analytic plans using longitudinal and case-crossover study designs.
  • Collaborate in a multidisciplinary team on the design, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of epidemiologic research on suicide risk over the lifespan.
  • Co-mentor and collaborate with doctoral and masters students in public health and quantitative health sciences.
  • Support efforts to translate research into policy by leveraging resources at the Institute for Policy Research and engaging with advocacy groups. 

Required Qualifications*

Doctoral training (PhD or equivalent degree) in Epidemiology, Sociology, Health Behavior, Health Policy, Statistics, Psychology, Health Services Research, Gerontology, Social Work, Computer science, information science, or a related field. Strong ability to work independently and work effectively in a research team. Strong scientific writing and communication skills. Proficiency in longitudinal modeling in Stata, SAS or R. Experience using large population-based epidemiologic studies. Experience with Natural Language Process or Text Analysis. Solid knowledge of research principles and a commitment to responsible conduct of research and ethics. Track record of peer-reviewed publication of scholarly work in the area of public mental health.

Desired Qualifications*

Experience using the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), Americans’ Changing Lives (ACL) Study, or National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) registry. 

Additional Information

This position is term-limited for one year at the start of the appointment, with the opportunity for renewal.

Michigan Public Health is seeking a dynamic staff member with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community. 

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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.

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