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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


The University of Michigan (U-M) Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) and the U-M Center for Disability Health and Wellness (CDHW) are seeking a motivated health equity postdoctoral fellow to work under the mentorship of Dr. Michelle Meade. The fellow will work NIDILRR-funded RRTC grant projects focused on Health Equity among individuals with physical, sensory, cognitive, and developmental disabilities from marginalized communities. The fellow will lead the development of a Disability Dashboard and contribute to the development of the Disability Equity Index for Healthcare systems. Dedicated time will be reserved for the fellow to develop an NIH K award and other career development grants and portfolio items. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunities and associated funds to travel to national conferences for both professional development and to share research.

Candidates must possess a terminal degree in public health, psychology, economics, epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, or a related field with considerable quantitative analytical skills. Experience accessing and analyzing large national survey datasets - including Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), Health and Retirement Study, and / or the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey is highly desired, while experience with data management and statistical analysis using SAS, STATA, or R is required.  Experience with national administrative data (e.g., Medicare) also desirable. Educational and / or research knowledge and experience related to issues of healthcare disparities, disability, systematic racism and / or intersectionality is strongly encouraged.

As a member of CDHW and a postdoctoral Fellow within the University of Michigan, the candidate will have access to significant professional development opportunities, mentorship, and analytical support. In particular, the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) and the MICHR support multiple grant-writing and career development workshops, training opportunities and internal grants.

Candidates for this position should be internally motivated, detail-oriented, intellectually curious, with a desire to grow their skill-set. They should possess the ability to work flexibly, collaboratively, and simultaneously with multiple researchers, on multiple subcomponents of the grant and possess strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

The CDHW is dedicated to the inclusion of individuals with disabilities. We are actively seeking disabled scholars and those who identify with other marginalized identities to join our team. Reasonable accommodations are provided as part of this Fellowship.

Additional Comments

This can be a remote position; however, doing so would come with an expectation of a minimum of 10 non-consecutive days per year of being in Ann Arbor for in-person meetings and events at the University of Michigan at research fellow’s expense.


  • Development of manuscript for peer review publications;
  • Development and submission of abstracts and presentation of research at national conferences;
  • This position involves a wide range of tasks related to management and analysis of quantitative data. A significant effort in this position will be devoted to secondary analysis of publicly available survey data.
  • Experience analyzing and integration of multiple data sources with varying degree of complexity will be desirable.

Specifically, the position involves providing statistical support including:

  • Cleaning, managing, merging, and analyzing data from publicly available national survey datasets.
  • Writing, testing, and implementing programs using SAS/STATA/R to clean, manage, merge, and analyze large, complex datasets.
  • Preparing and maintaining technical documentation of data and analysis files.
  • Summarizing, interpreting, and presenting results in written, tabular and visual formats for reports, manuscripts, and presentations.
  • Assisting in the writing and editing of reports, abstracts, manuscripts, conference presentations, and grant proposals.
  • Participating as a team member in discussions on analysis and improvement of data collection, quality of data analyses, programming, and documentation.


Required Qualifications*

  • PhD or other terminal degree in a relevant field
  • Working knowledge of epidemiologic concepts and methodology.
  • Experience with complex data structures and linkages between data sources.
  • Research experience, including Human Subjects Training
  • Publication record
  • Satisfactory performance in the first year of the fellowship is required for its extension into a second

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.

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.

Vaccine Requirements

COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all students, faculty and staff working in the following areas: Michigan Medicine including the Medical School, Dental School, University Health Service or the Mary A. Rackham Institute.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response.

In addition, the University of Michigan requires documentation of flu vaccination annually until medically exempt.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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