Research Fellow at University of Michigan

University of Michigan is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening postdoctoral associate position in public health. This position is open until filled.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan in Women's Health

University of Michigan, Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG)

Prof. Sara McClelland (Psychology & Women's Studies, University of Michigan) is seeking to hire a postdoctoral fellow to coordinate a multi-site, mixed methods project dedicated to understanding racial and gendered stereotypes related to abortion attitudes.

Individuals' attitudes towards motherhood, sexual relations, and poverty are framed by historical discourses about gender and race, including women's sexual and fiscal irresponsibility. These stereotypes create a set of social cues that shape who is imagined when respondents are asked about their moral and legal attitudes towards abortion. Because abortion survey measures frequently rely on individuals' evaluations of women's moral, sexual, and financial conditions — and these concepts are frequently linked with women of color — survey responses may not be accurately capturing individuals' attitudes about abortion, but instead, reflect individuals' attitudes about race, gender, and deservingness. In order to more accurately measure attitudes toward abortion, researchers must, one, identify the role of racial and gender stereotypes as they relate to abortion, and two, effectively measure these parallel attitudes in order to understand and model their influence on survey responses.

This project aims to contribute to several key areas, including: (1) stereotypes and their influence on measurement; (2) effective measurement of individuals' attitudes towards marginalized groups; and (3) the scientific study of abortion attitudes.

Under the supervision of Prof. Sara McClelland, faculty in the Women's Studies and Psychology Departments at the University of Michigan, the fellow will assume mentored responsibility for: (1) advancing research projects, analyzing associated data, writing manuscripts, and submitting these for publication; (2) developing and testing survey and interview-based measures; (3) managing the logistics of field-based research, including ethics review, financial reporting, travel and logistics, etc.; and (4) supervising students, trainees, and volunteers who contribute to these efforts. Ability to travel occasionally to project sites, both regional and national, is required.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in a field relevant to this project (e. g. , psychology, medical sociology, medical anthropology, social work, public health).

Applicants who will have completed the doctoral degree by September 1, 2020 are eligible to apply. Those holding professional terminal degrees such as a J.D. or M.P.H. are not eligible.

Include the following items in one PDF: (1) cover letter stating long-term career aims, interest in the project, and suitability for the position, specifically referring to the criteria listed above; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) two or three relevant publications that you were responsible for the majority of analysis and writing; and (4) contact information for three potential references.

Salary: $45-60,000 (depending on experience) plus benefits. Information about available benefits can be found here.

This project is expected to be ongoing and is dependent on funding. The research fellow position will be hired on an annual basis with renewal depending on continued funding and satisfactory performance.

The fellowship is housed in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG). Founded in 1995, IRWG promotes faculty research on women, gender, and sexuality and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

For additional information regarding the PI, associated research, and project institutions, see Sara McClelland's research website and faculty profile. For additional information regarding the project or the post, please email: Professor Sara McClelland (

The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer and applications from all are especially welcome. Trans and cisgender women and men, gender non-conforming people, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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


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