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The PNG Program is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to conduct research on place-based systemic racism and health inequalities. This position is funded under a National Institute on Aging grant award to examine structural racism as it is embedded in neighborhoods with 1) the resulting inequalities in neighborhood `access and exposure' that drive health opportunities, and 2) disparities in morbidity and mortality risk in a nationally representative longitudinal study, the Health and Retirement Study (R01 AG080401, PI Helen Meier).

The postdoctoral research fellow will be part of multidisciplinary team, including experts on economic justice, racism and segregation, spatio-temporal modeling, epidemiology and historical geospatial measures. The postdoctoral research fellow will focus on longitudinal analyses of place-based structural racism and health. The postdoctoral fellow will assist with developing manuscript ideas, creating analysis plans and performing statistical analyses, author and coauthor manuscripts, and present 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 Population, Neurodevelopment and Genetics (PNG) Program ( in the Survey Research Center (SRC) at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research (ISR) is a pioneer and leader in forging linkages across disciplinary perspectives. In addition to the program's current effort to link developmental, cognitive, clinical, public health, and educational science with neurobiology and genetics, we continue to expand our portfolio and involve new research scholars in other health- and development-related topics from prenatal/infancy through adolescence and on to adulthood and aging,  (e.g., cognition, substance use, mental health, problem behavior, environmental toxicants), providing opportunities for synergy and integration of new ideas in the relevant fields.

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.

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, U-M offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include generous time off; retirement plan with two-for-one matching contributions after the first year; many choices for comprehensive health insurance; life insurance; long-term disability coverage; and flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses. Learn more about U-M benefits.

Required Qualifications*

  • PhD degree or equivalent in epidemiology, public health or other related fields
  • Experience working with the Health and Retirement Study, health science databases, and large longitudinal datasets or studies
  • Analysis experience in SAS, Mplus, Stata, and/or R, or a similar statistical programming language
  • Proficiency with Geographic Information System (GIS) software
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a multidisciplinary research team
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with excellent verbal and written English communication skills

Desired Qualifications*

  • Advanced statistical modeling experience
  • Record of published journal articles and scientific conference presentations on structural racism, environmental justice, or related topic

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.

Salary range is $65,000 - $75,000/year plus benefits and travel funds. The appointment will be for one year, with a potential for annual renewal for up to 3 years total. Start date is flexible but ideally beginning in January 2024.

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

Institute for Social Research job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen (14) calendar days. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience of the candidate.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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