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The Youth and Social Issues (YSI) Program ( in the Survey Research Center (SRC) at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR) is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to work with the MTF Panel data on substance use and HIV-related behaviors. The postdoctoral research fellow will work with the project team to develop research questions, conduct statistical analyses, and write papers using the MTF Panel data. In addition, the fellow will collaborate with the PI of the MTF Panel (Dr. Megan Patrick) to support innovations in data collection and write research reports (e.g., on the updated HIV-related measures implemented in 2023).

The postdoctoral research fellow will be responsible for developing manuscript ideas, creating analysis plans and performing statistical analyses, authoring and coauthoring manuscripts, and presenting at national conferences. Although the postdoctoral position is funded by existing grant mechanisms, the researcher will be encouraged to develop their own independent research projects. Support for preparing applications for external funding will be provided.

Who We Are

The Youth and Social Issues (YSI) Program ( in the Survey Research Center (SRC) at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR) is home to world-renowned social science research focusing on the changing attitudes and behaviors of youth and adults in the United States. YSI’s flagship research study is the Monitoring the Future (MTF) study (, which is an ongoing study of substance use among adolescents and adults that began in 1975. Each year, nationally representative samples of U.S. students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades are surveyed. In addition, the MTF Panel is a longitudinal study that follows a subset of 12th graders from each high school class, currently including ages 18 to 65. Data regarding HIV-related risk behaviors among young adults have been collected as part of the MTF Panel since 2004.

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 in a related field such as psychology, sociology, epidemiology, or public health
  • Strong quantitative analytic skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency with statistical programs such as SAS, Mplus, Stata, and/or R
  • Demonstrated expertise in substance use research and/or HIV research
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of an interdisciplinary research team
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills

Desired Qualifications*

  • Demonstrated track record of published journal articles and scientific conference presentations on substance use and/or HIV risk behaviors in young adults
  • Commitment to academic diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience working with large longitudinal datasets and conducting advanced statistical modeling

Salary range is $60,000 - $65,000/year plus benefits and travel funds. The appointment will be for one year with a potential renewal for one year, with a start date no later than September 2023.

Additional Information

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.

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