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The Social Environment and Health (SEH) program at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (UMISR) has post-doctoral research fellowships for outstanding quantitative scholars to study racial residential segregation and racial inequalities in environmental toxicants. Fellows will work with Dr. Margaret Hicken on a research project on the intersection between environmental toxicants and social and economic inequalities and their relation to racial health inequalities in the US. Specifically, fellows will work as part of an interdisciplinary team examining the linkages among racial residential segregation, air pollution, and racial inequalities in aging. In particular, we will be examining these exposures in relation to DNA methylation patterns.
The UMISR is the largest academic social science research institution in the world. This interdisciplinary community includes researchers from sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology, information and computer science, statistics, geography, public policy, public health, and medicine, among others. The SEH program includes quantitative and qualitative scholars from epidemiology, geography, sociology, architecture, and computer science who collaborate to examine the contextual determinants of population health and health inequalities.
As part of the post-doctoral training, fellows will conduct critical literature reviews in both environmental epidemiology on air pollution and the social science foundations of structural and cultural racism. Furthermore, training will include regular professional development meetings with other program post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty to develop an independent research program. Previous experience in environmental toxicants or population health is not necessary. However, fellows will be required to obtain training and develop substantial expertise in the geospatial air and noise pollution, particularly using the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Risk Screening Environmental Indicators Geospatial Microdata (RSEI-GM) dataset.
PhD in public health (e.g., epidemiology, environmental health sciences), a social science (e.g., sociology, geography, economics), or information sciences, or related quantitative social science
Strong quantitative analytic skills, particularly with population-level and large datasets
Demonstrated proficiency with statistical programs such as STATA or R
Ability to work independently as well as part of an interdisciplinary research team
Excellent communication skills
Experience in population health inequalities and/or environmental epidemiology
Experience in geospatial analysis
Desire to develop an independent research program within the Social Environment and Health program
Commitment to academic diversity, equity, and inclusion
Salary is commensurate with experience. The anticipated salary for the position is $50,000 - $60,000 plus a competitive benefits package.
The postdoctoral research fellow position is for one year, renewable for a second and third year contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.
The Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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