Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for a 2-year NICHD post-doctoral research fellowship in
Developmental Science at the University of Michigan. The Developmental Area within the
Department of Psychology will award one post-doctoral fellowship with a start date between
January 15 and April 30, 2017. The successful applicant must complete all requirements for the
PhD before the post-doctoral fellowship can begin; however, it is not necessary that the degree
be conferred before the start date.

The objective of the fellowship is to train individuals on three pillars of knowledge: (1)
developmental science of social context; (2) human neurobiology, including brain imaging,
genetics, epigenetics, and endocrine function; and (3) advanced research methods (e.g.,
quantitative statistics appropriate for combining and analyzing longitudinal data from different
levels of functioning). This cross-training will produce researchers well-positioned to develop
cutting-edge work that advances knowledge about how neurobiological factors interact with
environmental contexts to influence development across several domains and contexts.
The Developmental Area faculty has a broad range of research interests across the life-span
from infancy to late adulthood. Interested applicants should check the developmental area’s
website and view the list of core faculty and their research interests.
In addition to core faculty in the Developmental Area, the training grant includes five additional
investigators at the University of Michigan: Bill Gehring (Psychology), Richard Gonzalez
(Psychology), Colter Mitchell (Institute for Social Research), Patricia Reuter-Lorenz
(Psychology), and Sari van Anders (Psychology).
Candidates will identify two advisors; one will provide training in social context and the other in
neurobiology. In a research statement, the candidate will describe a project that combines these
areas of research. It is suggested that the candidate discuss these plans with potential advisors.
Fellows are expected to be actively engaged in research during their appointment and will
receive additional training in the responsible conduct of research, grant writing, manuscript
preparation, and professional development.
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in psychology, human development, neuroscience,
or related fields, and have a record of research accomplishment in child or life-span
development. The individual must be a US citizen or a non-citizen national of the US or have
been lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the US. Salary is in line with NIH pay scale.
Offer includes full UM health benefits and travel to one conference per year.
Submit CV, cover letter, statement of research interests, and evidence of scholarly
publications no later than December 1, 2016. All materials should be uploaded as a PDF to When submitting the
material, applicants will be prompted to identify three people who will submit letters of
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