Postdoctoral Fellowship

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The 2017-2018 application cycle closed on January 13, 2017. We are no longer accepting applications.

The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM), a multidisciplinary research unit sponsored by the University of Michigan Medical School and the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration, has an active program for Postdoctoral Research Fellows. Dr. Brian Zikmund-Fisher, Co-Director of CBSSM, leads the CBSSM Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program.

Bioethics Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Active projects in bioethics at CBSSM currently include the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic medicine, informed consent and therapeutic misconception, surrogate decision-making, decision-making capacity for treatment and research, deliberative democratic methods in bioethics, resource allocation, and the sociology of medical ethics/bioethics, among others. Candidates' area of focus must be in bioethics, although their backgrounds may be in social or natural sciences, humanities, medicine, or law.

Decision Sciences Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

This fellowship focuses on understanding and improving the health care communication and decisions made by both patients and providers. Past postdoctoral fellows have included scholars whose research in health care communication and decision making has been approached using theories drawn from social cognition, motivation and emotion, risk communication, human factors, ethics, and economics.

CBSSM has five broad programs that serve its research mission and fellows will usually focus on one of these areas. 

Postdoctoral fellows are expected to collaborate on established projects and are encouraged to conduct independent research with an emphasis on study inception, manuscript writing, and applying for grants. CBSSM’s resources and collaborative support enable fellows to build their own research programs.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education. The postdoctoral research fellowship is an annual appointment, with the possibility of renewal for one additional year contingent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

All requirements of the PhD or equivalent terminal degree must be completed before the postdoctoral research fellow appointment can begin. Candidates are required to submit a cover letter, including a detailed statement of research interests, a CV, and a writing sample by January 13, 2017. Semi-finalists will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation, so references should be alerted that letters will be required in mid-February 2017. All application materials (including recommendation letters) should be submitted electronically through our online application. Click here to access the online application.