Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention, University of Michigan Position Summary
The University of Michigan Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention is recruiting outstanding early-career research investigators to join a cohort of postdoctoral fellows who are part of an NIH-funded T32 training grant, Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS): Multi-Disciplinary Research Training Program. The successful candidate will undertake an intensive post-doctoral training program for up to two years in which they will acquire core skills in research methods including analytic skill development, grant and manuscript writing, and project management through a combination of applied research and training on the prevention of firearm injuries. The training program prepares fellows for research independence and an academic career. They will work closely with mentoring faculty to identify a research focus and develop a career development and mentoring plan.

Successful candidates may come from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and have prior experience working at any stage along the translational research spectrum or on any level within the socio-ecological model (individual, family, community, or policy). We are particularly interested in candidates with research interests addressing existing inequalities, disparities, and inequities related to firearm injury. Selection will be based on scholarly potential and compatibility with interests of a faculty mentor. Candidates from all backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to apply. We seek to engage talented researchers with wide ranging perspectives and diverse research and life experiences to help further our mission.

The successful candidate(s) will have:
-Completed a doctoral degree program (MD, PhD, DrPH, or equivalent) by the starting date.
-Demonstrated commitment and interest in firearm injury prevention research as a primary career focus.
-Specific interest in research addressing existing inequalities, disparities, and inequities related to firearm injury.
-Research experience within any relevant discipline and work at any stage along the translational research spectrum or focused on any level within the socio-ecological model.
-Prior experience working with diverse and underrepresented populations.
-A strong desire to work with multi-disciplinary collaborators.
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
-Ability to commit to a full-time professional effort based in Ann Arbor, Michigan for up to two-years.

Note: Eligible applicants must be citizens, noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S.

Fellows will work on active research projects of faculty mentors which cover the lifespan, urban/rural populations, work with ethnic and racial underrepresented minorities, and LGBTQ+ community members. Examples of research projects may include, but are not limited to, research focused on community firearm violence prevention, including built environment and community interventions, efficacy research on individual interventions (e.g., hospital based violence prevention programs), policy research, implementation studies that translate evidence-based interventions for preventing suicide and violence in disproportionately affected communities, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies, firearm injury prevention through technology and engineering, data modeling, national surveys and epidemiological research. Who We Are
The Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention aims to generate new knowledge and advance innovative solutions to reduce firearm death and injury across the United States. Our mission is to address the substantial burden of firearm injuries occurring across the lifespan by conducting high-quality research, education, training, and outreach. The University of Michigan has established the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention to increase firearm injury prevention research and scholarship across U-M and to expand the research pipeline so that more individuals can study ways to address this national crisis. The Institute explores firearm injuries across the lifespan, including suicide, community violence, unintentional injuries, intimate partner violence, officer-involved shootings, school, and mass shootings, as well as disparities in injury outcomes across these areas. The Institute has a particular focus on addressing the disproportionate number of firearm injuries occurring within vulnerable populations, including children and teens where firearms are the leading cause of death.

The NIH/NICHD-funded T32 Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS): Multi-Disciplinary Research Training Program aims to address the critical need to develop a scientific workforce and continuous pipeline of research scientists focused on addressing the leading cause of pediatric mortality by establishing the nation’s first program dedicated exclusively to providing post-doctoral research training on the prevention of firearm injuries among children and teens.

Compensation and Benefits
This Postdoctoral Research Fellowship position includes:
-Annual compensation based on levels mandated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipend Levels.
-The University of Michigan’s full standard benefit package including medical, dental, and vision as detailed here: -Dedicated funds to support professional development opportunities including travel funds to scientific conferences, participation in technical seminars and course(s), and other research-related project expenses.
-Paid sick leave, vacation time, holidays, and additional benefits.
-University of Michigan benefits reflect the institution’s commitment to foster a family-friendly environment. These benefits include the ability to seek a childcare stipend of $2,500 annually.
-A full overview providing general information about the benefits for postdoctoral research fellows can be found here:

Selection will be based on scholarly potential and compatibility with research interests and experience of faculty mentors. Fellows are expected to actively engage in regular training program activities including seminars and forum discussions. They will present and share research findings in a range of settings including project/team meetings and scientific meetings and conferences. Fellows will complete self-paced coursework in the Science of Firearm Injury, anti-racism, disparities, and the structural determinants of health, and complete technical training as recommended by faculty mentors. In accordance with NIH policy, fellows will participate in training on topics in the Responsible Conduct of Research and Rigor, Reproducibility, and Transparency. We anticipate each fellow will work with their primary and secondary mentors’ research teams and be involved in manuscript submissions.

How to Apply
Materials and questions should be sent by email to Please use the subject line “Fellowship Application.” Please submit:
-A written statement describing your research qualifications, experience and specific interest in firearm research, and long-term career goals.
-Curriculum Vitae
-Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from your current graduate or clinical residency training program.
-Graduate-level academic transcripts (unofficial is acceptable)
-Two writing samples, preferably a copy of a previously published manuscript(s) and/or papers from a dissertation thesis.
-A statement describing how your current work demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (up to 1 page)

Additional Information
-We are accepting applications for appointments beginning in summer or fall of 2024.
We encourage candidates whose identities may be historically underrepresented in research, such as people of color, LGBTQ+, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to apply.
-Postdoctoral recipients who receive a NIH-supported fellowship will incur a payback obligation during the initial twelve months of support per Section 487 of the Public Health Services Act Section. Most recipients fulfill their payback obligation by receiving additional months of NIH training support or by engaging in acceptable activities such as health-related research, academic employment, or teaching. Further information -To be eligible for this fellowship, applicants must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment.
-The statements included in this description are intended to reflect the general nature of work and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.

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.

U-M Equal Opportunity Employer / Affirmative Action Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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