Postdoctoral Fellowship

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The 2019-2020 application cycle is now open.

The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM), a multidisciplinary research unit sponsored by the University of Michigan Medical School Dean's Office, the Office of Clinical Affairs, and the Department of Internal Medicine, has an active program for Postdoctoral Research Fellows. Dr. Brian Zikmund-Fisher, Associate Director of CBSSM, leads the CBSSM Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program.

Bioethics Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Active projects in bioethics at CBSSM currently include the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic medicine, human subjects research ethics, empirical research with relevance to clinical ethics, global bioethics, gender equity, reproductive justice, deliberative democratic methods in bioethics, resource allocation, ethical issues associated with learning health systems, 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 Postdoctoral 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.

One opportunity available through the CBSSM program is a NIH-funded T32 fellowship in research on the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genomic discoveries. This two-year fellowship offers an integrated program of advanced coursework, research mentoring, and professional development, led by an interdisciplinary team of mentors with ongoing ELSI research programs. Each ELSI trainee participates in an individualized course of training that provides knowledge and skills in areas including the following: the current state of genomic science and medicine; application of bioethics frameworks to ELSI dilemmas; grant writing and scientific presentations; and implementation of interdisciplinary ELSI research projects.

The mission of CBSSM is to be the premier intellectual gathering place of clinicians, social scientists, bioethicists, and all others interested in improving individual and societal health through scholarship and service. CBSSM acts as a "home" for anyone interested in applying empirical social science methods to improve health.

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 and potential fit to CBSSM areas of expertise, a CV, and a writing sample. Evaluation of candidates will begin on January 11, 2019 and will be evaluated on a rolling basis until January 31, 2019. Semi-finalists will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation, so references should be alerted that letters will be required in mid-February 2019. All application materials (including recommendation letters) should be submitted electronically through our online application. Click here to access the online application.