Postdoctoral Fellowship on Modeling International Security, 2023-24

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How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit applications online here. Applications should include the following materials:

  • A 2-3 page statement of interest;

  • A writing sample (e.g., a job market paper or recent publication authored or co-authored by the applicant);

  • A current CV; and

  • The names of three references, whom we will contact to solicit written recommendations if a candidate becomes a finalist.

We will begin reviewing applications on February 1, 2023, and the final deadline for submitting an application is February 22.


The International Policy Center (IPC) at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy seeks candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship on modeling international security. This 12-month residential fellowship will begin on July 1, 2023 and will focus on international security, broadly defined, with an emphasis on formal modeling. IPC seeks candidates interested in developing and applying game-theoretic models to topics such as cyber conflict, economic and technological disengagement, hostile influence campaigns on social media, cognitive biases affecting decision making, and the foreign relations of Russia and China. Substantial experience with game theory is required. The fellow will have the opportunity to work with Professor Emeritus Robert Axelrod and to engage with other IPC faculty affiliates and University of Michigan scholars working in related areas such as political science, computer science, and complex systems.

     IPC offers excellent opportunities for scholarship, networking, and professional development as the University of Michigan’s interdisciplinary hub for research and training on international policy topics. Fellows will be welcome and encouraged to participate in IPC’s regular seminars and workshops, occasional conferences, and high-profile speaker events. The fellow will also be invited to engage with activities of the Weiser Diplomacy Center, which shares a suite with IPC and leads a diverse array of programs focused on practical training in foreign affairs. The fellow will be provided office space, library and computing access, a competitive package of salary and benefits, and funds for research-related travel.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must have completed their PhD in a relevant discipline before June 30, 2023 to qualify for this postdoctoral fellowship. If an applicant is selected but does not complete the PhD by that date, the selected individual will begin as a pre-doctoral fellow until such time as the PhD is completed. We are interested in applicants with diverse backgrounds and life experiences and from a diverse pool of academic disciplines and PhD institutions. We welcome fellows who will expand the types of research questions asked by our current community of scholars. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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