Postdoctoral Research Fellow Department SRC-Social Envir & Health
University of Michigan Institute for Global Change Biology
United States

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


How to Apply


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter expressing the reasons for interest in this position, a CV, and the names and contact information for three research-based references to

Job Summary


The University of Michigan’s Institute for Global Change Biology (IGCB) in partnership with their School for the Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) and Social Environment and Health (SEH) program at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) seek a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to study how a new process-based pollen emissions model of daily speciated pollen levels will predict current asthma emergency department visits and allergy symptoms. This model will be used to project future allergy burdens in a changing climate. The postdoctoral research fellow will work with Dr. Carina Gronlund in ISR to facilitate an “Action Group” addressing a critical global change issue by bringing together key disciplines. This Action Group includes Allison Steiner (Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering), Alan Baptist (Allergy and Immunology, Director of the UM Comprehensive Asthma Management Program), and Marie O’Neill (Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences).


The Fellow should have expertise in geographic information systems along with merging and analyzing large data sets.  In addition, we desire a familiarity with epidemiologic or similar analyses using log-linear regressions including random effects and R experience. Ideally, the Fellow should also have experience or strong interest in survey design and implementation using Qualtrics software. As part of the post-doctoral training, Fellows will conduct critical literature reviews and participate regularly in professional development meetings with other post-doctoral fellows, faculty and graduate students across multiple disciplinary units.  The Fellow, with guidance from Dr. Gronlund and the other Action Group faculty, would be responsible for acquiring and analyzing survey responses on allergy symptoms and built environment characteristics; linking and analyzing temporally and spatially resolved pollen exposures, housing, and health records; estimating future health impacts of pollen; authoring and co-authoring scientific papers; and attending national and international conferences. The fellow may also periodically attend meetings with community partners and government officials in Detroit and Lansing.


The IGCB is a new initiative created to provide the interdisciplinary science required to understand and manage biological systems under global change. The IGCB’s main goal is to develop comprehensive understanding of the interactive effects of global change on organisms and ecological systems across temporal and spatial scales relevant to policy and management actions.  The Action Groups, which the Postdoctoral Fellows will facilitate, are seen as a primary way to promote interdisciplinary research on global change across the University of Michigan campus.


The Institute for Social Research 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.

Required Qualifications*


    PhD in public health (e.g., epidemiology, environmental health sciences), a social science (e.g., sociology, geography, economics), information sciences, or related quantitative social or health science


    Strong quantitative analytic skills, particularly with large datasets


    Demonstrated proficiency with statistical programs such as SAS or R


    Ability to work independently as well as part of an interdisciplinary research team


    Excellent verbal and written communication skills


Desired Qualifications*


    Experience in environmental epidemiology


    Experience in using geographic information systems and spatial data


    Experience in survey design and administration


    Commitment to academic diversity, equity, and inclusion


Additional Information


Salary range is $55,000-60,000/year plus benefits and travel funds. The appointment will be for two years, with a start date as soon as possible, but no later than September 2019.


Job postings are posted for a minimum of fourteen calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum period has ended.


SEAS and ISR are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse experiences, promotes generous listening and communications, and discourages and restoratively respond to acts of discrimination, harassment, or injustice. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is deeply rooted in our values for a sustainable and just society.U-M EEO/AA Statement: The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M EEO/AA Statement


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

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