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Posted: Thursday, October 21st, 2021
JOB TITLE: Postdoctoral Research Fellows (Bioethics & Decision Sciences)
DEADLINE: Monday, December 13th, 2021
LOCATION: University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) directed by Dr. Reshma  Jagsi at the University of Michigan is accepting applications for postdoctoral research  fellows in the areas of (a) Bioethics, and (b) Decision Sciences.  

At the University of Michigan, CBSSM is the premier intellectual gathering place of  clinicians, social scientists, bioethicists, and all others interested in improving individual  and societal health through scholarship and service. CBSSM is a “home” for anyone  interested in using empirical social science methods to improve health care decisions and  the ethical practice of medicine. 

CBSSM postdoctoral fellows collaborate on established projects and are encouraged to  conduct independent research with an emphasis on study inception, manuscript writing,  and applying for grants. CBSSM’s resources and collaborative support provide fellows with  mentorship, expose them to multiple methodological approaches to research in decision  making and bioethics, and enable fellows to build their own research programs.  Postdoctoral fellows contribute to the scholarly mission and intellectual life at the Center  by regularly attending Center research seminars and working groups and by participating  in a rotation on our ethics consultation service. Dr. Brian Zikmund-Fisher, Associate  Director of CBSSM, leads the CBSSM Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program. 

The CBSSM postdoctoral research fellowships in either Bioethics or Decision Sciences are  annual appointments that will start in late summer or early fall of 2022 and may be  renewed for one additional year contingent upon satisfactory performance and the  availability of funding. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and  education. 

Bioethics Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

This fellowship focuses on research and clinical ethics as well as empirical research  methods. Candidates’ area of focus must be in bioethics, although their backgrounds may  be in social or natural sciences, humanities, medicine, or law. Active projects in bioethics at  CBSSM currently include the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic medicine,  human subjects research ethics, empirical research with relevance to clinical ethics, global  bioethics, gender equity, reproductive justice, deliberative democratic methods in  bioethics, resource allocation, ethical issues associated with learning health systems, and  the sociology of medical ethics/bioethics, among others.  

Decision Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

This fellowship focuses on understanding and improving the health care communication  and decisions made by both patients and providers. Past postdoctoral fellows have  included scholars whose research in health care communication and decision making has  been grounded in theories and methodologies drawn from social cognition, motivation and  emotion, decision psychology, risk communication, human factors, ethics, and economics.

Application Details 

Evaluation of CBSSM fellowship candidates will begin on December 13, 2021 and will be  evaluated on a rolling basis through January 10, 2022. 

All requirements of the PhD or equivalent terminal degree must be completed before a  postdoctoral research fellow appointment can begin. Candidates are required to submit a  cover letter, including a detailed statement of research interests, a CV, and a writing  sample. The letter of research interests should identify potential future research topics  (although fellows are encouraged to evolve their interests during the fellowship) and  should emphasize, in concrete terms, the applicant’s potential fit to CBSSM’s areas of  expertise and how the fellowship fits into their overall career goals. Semi-finalists will be  asked to submit three letters of recommendation, so references should be alerted that  letters may be requested in January 2022. All application materials (including  recommendation letters) should be submitted electronically through our online  application. Click here to access the online application.

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