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Associate/Assistant Research Scientist (Social Environment and Health)

How to Apply

Interested applicants will submit a cover letter describing their interest in the position, a statement of their scholarly and research activities; a statement of service; a statement on their underlying philosophy and demonstrated approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the academy; a curriculum vitae; up to three (3) recent publications; and the names and contact information of three (3) references.

All applicants must submit their applications to Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until suitable candidates are identified.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to [email protected].


The Landscapes of Structural Racism and Health research group ( invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Research Scientist in the area of population racial health inequities, with a particular focus on the role of cultural and structural racism. The Landscapes group is part of the Social Environment and Health Program in the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Survey Research Center. The new faculty member will join an active and productive interdisciplinary research team, led by Dr. Margaret T. Hicken. Working closely with Dr. Hicken and a team of scholars, the scientist will assist with and eventually lead research using large secondary datasets such as the Health and Retirement Study and the Americans’ Changing Lives study, as well as primary data collections with substantial biomarker information.

Current projects include the study of the interactive role of social and chemical exposures, DNA methylation patterns, and health inequities as well as the study of racism-related vigilance, workplace stress, and sleep difficulty.

In collaboration with Dr. Hicken and other research faculty, the scientist would be required to assist with and eventually lead peer-reviewed publications as well as proposals for external funding. The goal would be for the scientist to, over time, develop a national scholarly reputation based on their research productivity in cultural and structural racism and population health inequities.

Why Work at Michigan?

U-M offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include generous time off; a retirement plan with two-for-one matching contributions after the first year; many choices for comprehensive health insurance; life insurance; long-term disability coverage; and flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses.


  • Collaboration on the development of proposals for external funding (e.g., NIH);
  • Collaboration, including in a lead author role, on empirical manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Along with Dr. Hicken, leadership of research group meetings with study team members, collaborators, and trainees, to facilitate timely progression on research projects and manuscripts;
  • Along with Dr. Hicken, leadership of study team meetings involving data collection, curation, and processing; and
  • Development or enhancement of interdisciplinary expertise in areas of cultural and structural racism in the American setting.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. level training and research background in population health inequities, with specific training in epidemiology, environmental health, sociology, policy, or related fields;
  • Evidence of expertise in analyzing data with nested data structures( i.e. cluster designs, multi-level, longitudinal, etc);
  • Evidence of excellent writing and presentation skills; and
  • Some knowledge of humanist and/or social science scholarship on structural racism.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience/training in primary data collection, including its processing and dissemination;
  • Expertise in STATA or R; and/or
  • Advanced knowledge of interdisciplinary and critical scholarship on structural racism and racial health inequities.

Additional Information

This is a 12-month appointment located in Ann Arbor, MI with a competitive salary and flexible start date. A joint appointment with an appropriate department at the University of Michigan may be possible.

Ann Arbor and its surrounding communities in the Detroit-Warren-Ann Arbor Combined Statistical Area offer a variety of climate-resilient, family-friendly communities within commuting distance of several universities and major employment centers.

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.

ISR is interested in candidates who have demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching research or service toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Women and those from groups who are underrepresented in the sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. The University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third-party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the fifteenth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.