How to Apply


The confidential review of applicants will occur as they are received and will continue until the position is filled. For priority consideration, applications should be submitted by November 1, 2021.

All applicants must submit a cover letter and current curriculum vitae, to be uploaded online via the U-M Careers website for this Job ID 203258.

The cover letter should summarize the applicant’s career goals, prior training and research experiences, specific knowledge, skills, or professional development goals for the Fellowship, and any research programs/mentors at the University of Michigan of particular interest.

After submitting the cover letter and curriculum vitae online following the guidance above, candidates should also submit the following materials directly to Dr. Christopher Friese (

  • Reprint(s) of any research publications (or a copy of the research thesis), preferably a first-author scholarly work by the applicant
  • Name and contact information of three professional references, including a research primary supervisor/doctoral studies supervisor. Note: the program will only contact references after discussing with the applicant.

Finalists will be asked later to provide official transcripts, documentation that they have completed all doctoral degree requirements by July 1, 2022, and three reference letters. These need not be submitted at the time of initial application.


The University of Michigan School of Nursing announces four two-year postdoctoral research fellowship positions that are funded by a National Cancer Institute T32 training program (T32-CA-236621).

Fellows will be responsible for furthering their training in one aspect of cancer care delivery research – descriptive discovery, intervention development and testing, and implementation science – through formal coursework, informal seminars, applied experiences with research teams, and through mentored research. Fellows are expected to prepare first-authored, data-based publications in peer review journals, submit at least one extramural research grant, and develop expertise in the conduct of cancer care delivery research. Populations of interest include adults and pediatric patients and their caregivers. Settings may include prevention, diagnosis and treatment, survivorship, and end-of-life.

All scholars should demonstrate interest or capability to conduct research in one of the three areas listed below within the cancer care continuum:

1) descriptive discovery to identify patterns and consequences of cancer care delivery

2) developing and testing interventions to improve both patient-centered and system-level outcomes in the cancer context

3) implementation science methods to assure efficacious interventions are delivered in cancer care delivery settings.

Fellows will receive mentoring from interdisciplinary faculty across the University with funded research programs focused on cancer care delivery science. In addition to seminars and coursework, professional development activities will be planned in grantsmanship, preparing scientific papers, disseminating research findings to broad audiences, rigor and reproducibility of research, team science, and the responsible conduct of research.

One fellow is expected to work with the Data Science for Dynamic Intervention Decision-making (d3) Laboratory at the Institute for Social Research. One postdoctoral fellow will work on the development, advancement, and dissemination of statistical and machine learning approaches for building highly efficacious Adaptive Interventions, as applied to cancer control. These approaches include the Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART) design, Micro-Randomized Trials (MRTs) and related data analytic methods. The selected candidate will collaborate on research with an interdisciplinary team. Duties include conducting data analyses, including data arising from SMARTs or MRTs; as well as leading and participating in preparing conference presentations and scientific articles for publication.

Required Qualifications: Qualified individuals for this position will either have a Ph.D. in the behavioral or health sciences with strong computation, data management, statistical and machine learning methodological skills and interests; or a Ph.D. in statistics or biostatistics with a demonstrated interest in the behavioral or health sciences, particularly intervention science as applied to cancer control.


Four positions are anticipated to be filled during the 2021-2022 academic year, preferably by July 1, 2022. Applicants will be considered, depending on experience and research productivity. The School of Nursing values diversity highly. All people, including those who belong to groups underrepresented in nursing, are encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications*


  • PhD from accredited programs in Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Social Work, and/or related fields pertinent to study cancer care delivery. Physician scientists who have completed formal research training and wish to focus their careers on cancer care delivery research will be considered.
  • Commitment to a research career in one of the focus areas listed above
  • Interviews with the UM-selected Primary Mentor and Program Committee

Additional Information


The University of Michigan is a world-class research institution. Michigan, with a record-high $1.62 billion in research funding in 2020, ranks first among public universities and second among all universities in research funding, capping a growth rate of 40% over the last decade. Over 100 graduate programs rank among the top ten in their field. The disciplinary reach of the University’s research programs is exceptional. Research is conducted within the nineteen academic schools and colleges. Endowed in April, 2018 with a $150 million gift from the Rogel family, The Rogel Cancer Center provides a focal point of financial, human, and clinical resources for trainees.

Founded in 2011, the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) includes more than 600 health services researchers from across the University of Michigan and several nonprofit and private sector partners. IHPI’s members form one of the nation’s largest communities of physicians, health scientists and policy analysts dedicated to studying how health care works and how it can be improved.

The training program faculty welcome all applicants without discrimination. The University of Michigan has a long-standing commitment to increasing the number of scientists from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic populations. Our commitment to diversifying the scientific community also includes LGBT populations, socio-economically disadvantaged populations, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We are committed to providing an accessible and inclusive environment where all learners have access to our programs. We encourage learners with disabilities to access all of the resources available to them, including consultation and with the Student Disability Services office (

Additional information on the University’s commitment to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and research environment, including available resources, may be found here:

The University of Michigan is a world-class research institution. The School of Nursing offers a range of accredited educational programs and is consistently ranked among the top nursing schools in the country. Please visit for more information about the School.

The School of Nursing seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan that extends world-wide, to fulfill the School’s strategic plan, and to sustain the excellence of the School of Nursing.

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit:

Appointment is contingent upon continued NIH funding and in the case of doctoral graduates, documented completion of doctoral degree requirements no later than July 1, 2022. Due to restrictions associated with the funding mechanisms, only US citizens or permanent residents will be eligible for these opportunities.

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.

Contact Information

For further information regarding this position, please contact Christopher R. Friese, PhD, at

Application Deadline

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

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

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