University of Michigan Postdoctoral Fellowship position

The University of Michigan Training Program in ELSI Research is accepting applications for
an open postdoctoral fellowship position to begin September 2018. The position provides two
years of funding including a stipend (~$48,000 annually), healthcare, and tuition support.

Program Overview:
Dramatic advances in genetics and genomics promise to enhance medicine and public health, but
they also pose important ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI). The University of Michigan
(UM) Training Program in ELSI Research, funded by the National Institutes of Health through a
T32 training grant, seeks to prepare the next generation of ELSI scholars for success as
innovative, impactful investigators.

The program offers an integrated program of advanced coursework, research mentoring, and
professional development, led by an interdisciplinary team of ~20 UM faculty mentors with
expertise and resources in medicine, public health, public policy, and social and behavioral
disciplines. Trainees can become involved in mentors’ ongoing research programs in areas
including the following: implementation of precision medicine; direct-to-consumer genetic testing;
return of genomic research results; genetic education for patients and providers; legal and policy
issues; and racial health disparities, among other topics. In addition, trainees will be able to
participate in the rich research and practice environment at UM as exemplified by its highly
regarded programs in public health genetics, genetic counseling, human genetics, genomic
medicine, health law, science and technology studies, and its Center for Bioethics & Social
Sciences in Medicine.

Upon entry into the program, each fellow will be matched with a primary and secondary research
mentor with mutual interests and relevant research expertise. Such mentoring will be combined
with an integrated program of advanced coursework and professional development activities.
Each trainee will participate in an individualized, 2-year course of training that will provide
knowledge and skills in the following areas:
• the current state of genomic science and medicine
• application of bioethics principles and frameworks to genetics / ELSI dilemmas
• quantitative and qualitative (e.g., deliberative) research methods
• grant writing and manuscript preparation
• implementation of interdisciplinary ELSI research projects
Eligibility Requirements:
• Completion of doctoral work (e.g., PhD, MD or equivalent) by fellowship start date
• US citizen, noncitizen national, or permanent resident of US

To Apply:
Applications will be reviewed starting July 1. Applications can be submitted online at from the application information page. Applicants will be
asked to do the following:
• Complete the online Trainee-Application Form
• Submit a single pdf file, which includes the following:

Post Doc Funding Announcement
v. 6/4/2018

o Cover letter, including a detailed statement of a) research interests in ELSI topic
areas and b) potential match with UM mentors and projects
o 1 writing sample (peer reviewed publication preferred)
o Updated CV
o Names, title, institution, and contact information for 3 professional references

Program Manager:
Rebecca Ferber, MPH
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Phone: (734) 763- 2881

Program Director:
Scott Roberts, PhD
Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Phone: (734) 936-9854

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 will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Michigan School of Public Health seeks dynamic staff with a commitment to contributing to a
diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community.