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Please use the 'Apply Now' button above to submit your application materials. Review of applications will begin December 1st, 2022, and the position will remain open until filled.

The application requires:

  • A cover letter that addresses the following in no more than 3 pages:
    • How you meet the requirements of the position.
    • Your research agenda and scholarly works.
    • Your diversity statement: Please reflect on how you engage with your work as a scholar and member of a professional team in the context of your positionality and intersectionality of identities. Please detail how you: a) work effectively with a range of identities and communities, b) check your assumptions and biases, and c) contribute to a welcoming space within a university setting.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A copy of your official graduate transcripts
  • An example of your writing and scholarly work (e.g., published manuscript)
    • Qualified candidates who advance in the search will need to submit 3 letters of reference.


The primary mentors for this position are Daniel Clauw, MD, and Rachel Bergmans, MPH, PhD. Additional mentors tailored to the candidate’s interests and training needs will be recruited to the mentoring team. 

Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center (CPFRC) is a diverse team of internationally renowned investigators and clinicians who study the mechanisms and most effective treatments for conditions that have chronic pain and fatigue as core symptoms. At present, there is no known cure for many of the chronic illnesses we study, and we strongly believe successful treatment requires a tailored approach that considers a range of therapies for each person. Examples of these therapies include acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, physiotherapy, pain medications, and cannabis. Our portfolio of research spans the translational spectrum from neuroimaging to community engagement.

Chronic pain and fatigue conditions are more common and more severe among under-resourced populations. These include women, communities of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, those living in rural or frontier settings, and those who are incarcerated or without homes. Called health inequities, these differences in health are avoidable, unfair, and unjust. The mission of the CPFRC Health Equity Core is to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion within clinical care, research, and intervention development for chronic pain and fatigue conditions.

Meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships between research investigators and representatives of under-resourced communities are necessary to accomplish this mission. The Health Equity Core is committed to developing and sustaining multi-directional learning and resource-sharing across researchers, physicians, patient groups, and representatives of under-resourced communities. The Health Equity Core aims to empower under-resourced communities across the research life cycle, train junior investigators in health equity and community-engaged approaches, and advance best practices in community-engaged research. Health equity will be achieved when every person can attain their full physical and mental health potential.

The CPFRC, located within the Department of Anesthesiology is pleased to announce an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow with a focus on chronic pain and health equity research. The ideal candidate will have expertise in qualitative and/or mixed methods research.

CPFRC postdoctoral fellows receive comprehensive support and have access to exceptional resources to facilitate the conduct of their own research including multiple opportunities to publish and assistance with grant-writing, professional networking, and project planning for the next stage of their research careers. The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package. For information, please visit Benefits for Postdoctoral Research Fellows | Human Resources University of Michigan.


We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to help with research at the intersection of chronic pain and health equity. This position will support research projects aimed at understanding factors that influence underrepresentation within chronic pain research and barriers to equitable pain care.

  • Conduct a portfolio of collaborative research related to pain and health equity.
  • Assist with the design of study protocols, surveys, and interview tools.
  • Conduct semi-structured interviews.
  • Lead or co-lead focus groups.
  • Analyze data using MAXQDA, NVivo, or similar software.
  • Manuscript development.
  • Work with the team to develop new grants that build on the currently funded research.
  • Present research findings at national and international scientific conferences
  • Sustain collaborations with patient and community partners.
  • Mentor students and trainees in health equity research.
  • Travel to study sites and communities in the Metro Detroit Area as needed for research-related activities.
  • Depending on the candidate’s qualifications in mixed methods, responsibilities may include quantitative analysis using SAS, SPSS, R, or similar software.

Required Qualifications*

  • A PhD in public health, health behavior, sociology, medical anthropology, psychology, or health-related field is required by the agreed upon start date.
  • A commitment to and understanding of health equity and antiracist pedagogies.
  • Experience conducting qualitative research, including design, recruitment, data collection, and data analysis and interpretation.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • High affinity for both independent work and collaborative teamwork.
  • Aptitude and willingness to learn new analytical methods and/or software as needed.
  • Able to prioritize deadlines in a multi-tasking environment.
  • Experience in technical and research writing.
  • Willingness to work in-person.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience conducting both one-on-one interviews and focus groups.
  • Experience conducting mixed methods research.
  • Experience training student researchers.
  • Scholarly experience related to chronic pain conditions (e.g., lupus, fibromyalgia, sickle cell disease, chronic lower back pain, long COVID).
  • Experience working in clinical or hospital settings.
  • Prior experience working with representatives from racial/ethnic communities that are underrepresented in clinical research is preferred.

Work Schedule

This is a hybrid position that allows for a mix between remote and in-person work. A campus workspace will be provided. Some travel to study sites and communities in the Metro Detroit Area will be required.

Additional Information

The appointment will be for one year. Decisions regarding Fellowship extensions are based on scholarly productivity and progress reports.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

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

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