Postdoctoral Fellow in Law, Gender, and Health – University of Michigan, Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG)

The University of Michigan, Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship position in Law, Gender, and Health funded by the National Science Foundation (Law and Social Sciences).

The fellow will be appointed for two years at a salary of $48,000. Information about available benefits can be found at Funding to attend two conferences per year and support for a research assistant is also included. Professors Anna Kirkland (Women’s Studies) and Sandra Levitsky (Sociology) will serve as the primary mentors. The ideal candidate will propose a research project in law, gender, and health that demonstrates originality, creativity, strong research and writing skills, and the potential to bring diversity and excellence to the academic profession. Additional faculty mentors may be available from across the University of Michigan according to the fellow’s interests, particularly in civil rights and discrimination, transgender studies, criminal law, opioids, queer studies, and women’s health and reproductive rights (but these topics are not an exclusive list). The faculty mentors will support the fellow’s professional development as well as offer opportunities to develop new collaborations, access additional data sources or sites, expand dissertation research into publications, and write grant proposals. The Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) will also commit matching funds to host a research symposium organized around the fellow’s research during the second postdoctoral year. The postdoctoral fellow will have an office in Lane Hall on the Ann Arbor campus at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) and will be expected to be in residence during the entire two year fellowship period. There is no teaching required in this position. Founded in 1995, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Michigan promotes faculty research on women, gender, and sexuality and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Applicants who will have completed the doctoral degree by September 1, 2019 are eligible to apply. Individuals awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan or currently holding a postdoctoral or faculty position at UM are not eligible. Those holding only professional terminal degrees such as a J.D. or M.P.H. are not eligible.

Applications will be evaluated based on the quality, feasibility, and originality of the proposed research agenda; the potential for successful mentoring in the topic, methods, and approaches of the proposed research by the faculty mentors; and the ability of the postdoctoral fellow to contribute to diversity and excellence in the area of law, gender, and health.

Application deadline is Monday, September 17, 2018. We will conduct virtual interviews with finalists (i.e., no fly out) and plan to make a final decision by November 1, 2018. Alternates will be selected. The position would begin on September 1, 2019.

Applications should be submitted through the University of Michigan’s job portal at (, keyword/job ID: 160755 and must include:

  1. The names and contact information (phone and email) for two faculty references. (Letters are not required at the time of application.)
  2. Research proposal that outlines your scholarly work and includes your research plan for the fellowship period. (Two to three pages. References, citations, formulas, and graphics do not count toward the page limit.)
  3. Personal statement of diversity commitment that includes your demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through scholarship/research, teaching/mentoring, or service/engagement. There may be some overlap with your research proposal and teaching statements. (No more than two pages.)
  4. Dissertation Abstract. (One page.)
  5. Writing Sample. (One to two samples; 35 pages maximum. Examples include sample publication or unpublished research paper, journal article, dissertation chapter. References, citations, formulas, and graphics do not count toward the page limit.)
  6. Curriculum Vitae.

The University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. 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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