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To apply for this position, please provide the following materials as one packet, uploaded into the U-M Careers application portal: 
1. A cover letter as the first page of your application
2. CV
3. A writing sample (a peer-reviewed publication or work in progress that demonstrates writing and analytical skills)


The Michigan Center for Respiratory Virus Research and Response and the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health is seeking an independent and motivated postdoctoral research fellow to join our team to work on multiple ongoing research projects on the epidemiology of respiratory viral infection. The Center has a large portfolio of respiratory virus research studies in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, examining vaccine effectiveness for influenza and COVID-19 vaccines. This is an opportunity to join a collaborative team and contribute to fast-paced research with meaningful outcomes. This is a full-time postdoctoral fellow position, working under the direction of Dr. Emily Martin and Dr. Arnold Monto and provides the successful applicant with an opportunity to contribute to the Center’s work using skills in study design, study management, complex data analyses and/or laboratory work.

The successful candidate will support epidemiological research projects to investigate respiratory virus epidemiology and vaccine effectiveness. Key tasks will include: statistical analysis of survey, laboratory, healthcare and surveillance data, preparation of abstracts, presentations and manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals and contribution to study design, organization and grant development. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to gain experience in research study implementation and management of new community-based studies. The successful candidate will be supported to develop independent research projects in the domain of epidemiology, including the preparation of K-level NIH funding or equivalent. The position offers support for professional development, including travel to annual meetings and/or training workshops. The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience of infectious disease, be highly motivated, be able to work independently and have a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community. 


  • Conduct analyses using R, SAS, STATA to answer epidemiological research questions and prepare analysis reports across Center projects.

  • Contribute to Center research by participation in bench research in the Center’s lab or through analysis of laboratory data.

  • Contribute to the Center’s publications through writing independently driven manuscripts and contributing to group publications. Review and comment on collaborative manuscripts within CDC and NIH network.

  • Assist with project implementation, daily management of study cohorts, and other research related tasks as needed. 

Required Qualifications*

PhD or equivalent degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Public Health or a related field. A track record of peer-reviewed publication of scholarly work related to PhD thesis or in process is required. The successful candidate will be highly creative and self-motivated to produce high impact manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and to develop and submit CDC, NIH or similar grant applications. 

The successful candidate will have experience in the management and use of complex longitudinal survey data, analysis of longitudinal data structures, advanced use of statistical software (STATA, SAS, or R and interest in learning new software), and strong oral and written scientific communication skills.

Desired Qualifications*

It is strongly desirable for the applicant to have an interest and expertise in epidemiology, research management and implementation of infectious disease studies. Experience working with cohorts, in managing and analyzing longitudinal data and in generating or working with viral detection and/or immune correlates data is strongly desirable. 

Additional Information

The postdoctoral fellowship consists of a one-year appointment with the possibility of a renewal the second year, contingent upon funding and satisfactory performance.

Compensation (salary and benefits) will be offered according to University of Michigan and NIH guidelines. The position is available immediately, but the starting date is negotiable.

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.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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