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The Population, Neurodevelopment and Genetics (PNG) Program is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to work on identifying biosocial mechanisms that influence health and wellbeing across the life course. We do this using genomic data (genetic, epigenetic, gene expression, etc.) collected as part of large human population-based studies. This position is funded under a National Institute on Aging grant award to test risk factors for dementia in the United States Health and Retirement Study (R01 AG067592, MPIs Erin Ware and Kelly Bakulski).

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to perform quality control, data management, integration, and analysis of social, health, and genetic/epigenomic measures; assist with manuscript and grant writing; educate collaborators and lab members on methods used in analyses; supervise students rotating through the lab; stay abreast of new technology and analytic techniques; and present research activities within the group and at scientific meetings. Training and support for preparing applications for external funding would be provided.

Who We Are

The Population, Neurodevelopment and Genetics (PNG) Program ( in the Survey Research Center (SRC) at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR) is a pioneer and leader in forging linkages across disciplinary perspectives. In addition to the program’s current effort to link developmental, cognitive, clinical, public health, and educational science with neurobiology and genetics, we continue to expand our portfolio and involve new research scholars in other health- and development-related topics from prenatal/infancy through adolescence and on to adulthood and aging,  (e.g., cognition, substance use, mental health, problem behavior, environmental toxicants), providing opportunities for synergy and integration of new ideas in the relevant fields.

The Institute for Social Research is the largest academic social science research institution in the world. This interdisciplinary community includes researchers from sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology, information and computer science, statistics, geography, public policy, public health, and medicine, among others. SRC is a unique, world-renowned social science research center that conducts investigator-initiated, survey-based research on theoretical and applied problems of both social and scientific importance (see Scholars have exceptional resources to facilitate research including access to administrative, research, and computer support staff.

Required Qualifications*

  • PhD degree or equivalent in computational biology, epidemiology, statistics, psychology, sociology, biostatistics, economics, computer science, bioinformatics, or other relevant fields.
  • Experience with large health science databases or studies
  • Analysis experience in R, SAS, STATA, or a similar statistical programming language
  • Ability to work independently or collaboratively and to show initiative within a strong team dynamic
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with excellent verbal and written English communication skills

Desired Qualifications*

Work Locations

Work location is expected to be onsite in Ann Arbor with flexibility for remote work within our overall Center policies. If relocation is required, we will allow for reasonable time and flexibility to make necessary arrangements. 

Additional Information

Salary range is $70,000 - $85,000/year plus benefits and travel funds. The appointment will be for one year, with a potential for annual renewal for up to 3 years total, with a start date as soon as possible (no later than August 2023).  

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.   Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 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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