Postdoctoral scholars are an important part of the intellectual life of the Population Studies Center. Postdocs devote most of their time to research, both independently and in collaboration with researchers in the Population Studies Center, the Institute for Social Research and the campus community. In addition to research, postdocs have the option of attending advanced courses in demographic theory and methods, or other substantive areas related to their work. They are also encouraged to prepare at least one research proposal for outside funding during their appointment period.
The Center currently has postdoctoral programs supported by funds from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). In all, there are typically five to seven postdoctoral scholars in residence at PSC. The NICHD postdoctoral program supports researchers working on any type of demographic research. The NIA postdoctoral program is focused on but not limited to research on the demography and economics of aging. Fellowships sponsored by NICHD and NIA are funded by the Federal government and are therefore restricted to U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents.
The Population Studies Center expects to have openings for postdoctoral fellows sponsored by National Institute on Aging (NIA) and The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Positions to start on or about September 2, 2015. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in demography, public health, or one of the social sciences (e.g., sociology, economics, psychology) at the starting date.
For applicants for the NIA positions, a background in aging is desirable but not required; however, it is imperative that a significant portion of your proposed research be aging-related. Applicants for the NICHD positions should focus on demography, social and behavioral research on reproductive health, and research on population health and productivity at the population level. Research primarily focusing on elderly populations is not within the NICHD Population Dynamics Branch (PDB) mission. Applicants should indicate for which position(s) they are applying. Selection will be based on scholarly potential and compatibility with the interests of a faculty mentor.
Fellows devote most of their time to independent research, but may also take selected courses and/or teach on a light-load basis. Positions offer exceptional opportunity for collaboration with staff of the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center on major projects in the U.S. and overseas.
Term of appointment will be for two years. Stipend will be commensurate with experience, based on levels mandated by NIH. Applicants must be Citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States at the time of application.
Screening of applications will continue until positions are filled with full consideration being given to those applications that are complete as of January 5, 2015. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae (which must include citizenship status on the first page), 1-2 page statement of research interests detailing your planned research while at PSC and examples of written work via email to PSCPostdoctoralRecruitment@umich.edu. Also, please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly from the author to the above email address. All documents should be in PDF format and contain the applicant's last name in the file name. The University of Michigan is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.