Postdoctoral Fellowship

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The 2023-2024 application cycle is OPEN.

The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) at the University of Michigan, which is led by interim Co-Directors Dr. Brian Zikmund-Fisher and Prof. Kayte Spector-Bagdady, is accepting applications for postdoctoral research fellows in the areas of (a) Bioethics, and (b) Decision Sciences.

At the University of Michigan, CBSSM is 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 is a "home" for anyone interested in applying empirical social science methods to improve health care decisions and the ethical practice of medicine.

CBSSM postdoctoral fellows 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 provide fellows with mentorship, expose them to multiple methodological approaches to research in decision making and bioethics, and enable fellows to build their own research programs. Postdoctoral fellows contribute to the scholarly mission and intellectual life at the Center by regularly attending Center research seminars and working groups and by participating in a rotation on our ethics consultation service. Dr. Brian Zikmund-Fisher leads the CBSSM Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program.

The CBSSM postdoctoral research fellowships in either Bioethics or Decision Sciences are annual appointments that will start in late summer or early fall of 2023 and may be renewed for one additional year contingent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education.

Bioethics Postdoctoral Research Fellow

This fellowship focuses on research and clinical ethics as well as empirical research methods. Candidates' area of focus must be in bioethics, although their backgrounds may be in social or natural sciences, humanities, medicine, or law. 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. 

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 grounded in theories and methodologies drawn from social cognition, motivation and emotion, decision psychology, risk communication, human factors, ethics, and economics.

Application Details

Evaluation of CBSSM fellowship candidates will begin on December 12, 2022 and will be evaluated on a rolling basis through January 9, 2023.

All requirements of the PhD or equivalent terminal degree must be completed before a 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. The letter of research interests should identify potential future research topics (although fellows are encouraged to evolve their interests during the fellowship) and should emphasize, in concrete terms, the applicant’s potential fit to CBSSM’s areas of expertise and how the fellowship fits into their overall career goals. Semi-finalists will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation, so references should be alerted that letters may be requested in January 2023. All application materials (including recommendation letters) should be submitted electronically through our online application. Click here to access the online application.