Research Fellow – Health and Retirement Study

How to Apply

Interested applicants will submit a letter of interest, CV, personal statement regarding applicant's research interests and experience, sample of written work or a recent publication, and contact information for two or three references who can supply a letter of recommendation. All applicants must submit their applications on our online applications site, Interfolio, at

Please direct questions or inquiries to Reference #82754.

Job Summary

Two postdoctoral positions are available; funded by a NIH/NIA Grant on Retrospective Life History Data in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). The fellowships are initially for one year with a possible additional one-year extension. The research fellows will work with the project team at ISR/SRC and PI (Dr. Jacqui Smith) to assist with one or more of the following projects:

  1. A study examining generational, gender, and racial/ethnic differences in the content, quality, and context of education in early life and how these are associated with later-life health and cognitive outcomes.
  2. A study of the relationship between early- and mid-life life contexts (family, geographical) and later-life health and dementia.
  3. A study of gender differences in job histories and family/work life decisions and cognitive aging.

The research fellows will assist with: 1) the publication and analyses of existing and newly-collected HRS life history data; 2) linkages to relevant archival data (e.g., quality of school and college education; life course exposures to environmental risks; O*Net taxonomy of job types and tasks); and 3) the organization of project workshops, consultations, and collaborative research meetings. The research fellows are expected to initiate new manuscripts using available HRS life history data, contribute actively to ongoing analyses and manuscripts, and to participate in the activities of the research group, the Center, and the Institute of Social Research.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in psychology, sociology, public health, economics, biodemography, survey methodology, or an allied social science.

Desired Qualifications

  • A background in life course research and theory linking early- and midlife health, socioeconomic, psychosocial, biological, and/or environmental factors to late-life health and well-being is desirable.
  • Advanced skills in sequential multilevel analysis, survey method evaluation, and experience using survey data.

Additional Information

The stipend will be commensurate with experience and based on levels established by NIH and the University of Michigan. For more information about the project group, HRS, and ISR see:,, and

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. Individuals from groups historically under-represented in the social sciences or related fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

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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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