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Applications should fill out this form, which includes: (a) letter of application that describes experience with empirical, methodological, or theoretical scholarship on social norms ; (b) curriculum vitae (c) their most relevant publication (d) the names and contact of two references. Selected candidates will be interviewed over zoom on a rolling basis. The Post-doc. appointments are scheduled to begin as early as May 1, 2023 or no later than August 31, 2023.


This is a Postdoctoral Fellowship in natural language at the University of Michigan School of Information working under the supervision of Dr. David Jurgens.  


The fellowship research focuses on social norms as they apply to social identity and behavior in groups. The aim of the work is to advance explanations of the dynamics of norm adherence in groups; how norms spread from one group to another; and the impact of norms on community processes such as the integration of diverse sub-groups or enforcement or rules or polarization and animosity toward each other.  

The position will also include time to develop independent research and to form collaborative research projects with faculty. In addition to research, the Post Doc will be expected to be actively involved with the school and associated-center activities and events, including our weekly lab meeting and our weekly seminar.  

Required Qualifications*

A preferred candidate should have a Ph.D. degree in computer science, information science, psychology, or a related discipline. Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. or demonstrate that they will do so by August 31th, 2023. They must have an existing research portfolio that demonstrates interest in, and experience with empirical, methodological, or theoretical scholarship on natural language processing and social norms. Their work should be able to demonstrate a proficiency in technical software development, e.g,. use of deep learning. Strong applicants will also have familiarity with survey methodology. They should have strong writing and communication skills.

Work Schedule

40 hours per week; some flexibility in when those work hours occur if good communication and close coordination practices are in place.

Work Locations

Working in-person in Ann Arbor would be required in part, though remote work during shorter periods is a possibility in accordance with UMSI Remote Work Policy and with supervisor approval. Remote work agreements are reviewed annually and are subject to change depending upon business needs.  A shared office in North Quad (the School of Information building) will be provided. Candidates must be able to conduct work in the United States. Applicants must be lawfully able to be employed in the United States.

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.