Updated: about 1 year ago
Location: Ann Arbor, MICHIGAN
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Please submit one document with your cover letter and CV as well as a brief research statement summarizing your interests and long-term goals.

Job Summary

The Culture Collaboratory, directed by Dr. Stephanie Fryberg, seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to split their time equally between two lines of research.

For the first line of work, the fellow will join a team of researchers from the University of Michigan, University of California Irvine, Northwestern University and Stanford University. With funding from the National Science Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Yidan Foundation, and Raikes Foundation, this research takes a top-down (i.e., educator-level vs. student-level) approach to creating cultural change within educational settings. By changing school cultures, we aim to improve educational experiences for all students and reduce racial and social class achievement gaps. This set of projects involves large amounts of qualitative and quantitative data from teachers, students, and administrators collected over the past three years.

For, the second line of work, the fellow will join a team of researchers from the University of Michigan and UC Berkeley. This research takes a cultural approach to understanding prejudice and bias, specifically pertaining to groups underrepresented & underserved by social science, such as Native American populations. We aim to expand existing theories of prejudice and bias to understand how omissions (e.g., the lack of contemporary representations) promote and sustain inequality, and identify ways to change the national narrative and dominant representations of Native people. The research fellow will build upon an existing set of large-scale correlational and experimental data by designing additional studies to explore related research questions.

The ideal applicant will be well-versed in cultural and social psychology and have strong methodological and statistical skills, including experience coding and analyzing qualitative (e.g., photo, video, essay) data, multilevel modeling, and data analysis using R. Additionally, the applicant should be passionate about developing psychological tools to address problems of social and educational inequality. We welcome applicants from diverse interdisciplinary backgrounds, especially those with a strong record of research on Native American issues, and/or extensive experience conducting research in K-12 educational settings.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.


General Project Management Activities

  • overseeing ongoing grant activities (e.g., data collection, data analysis, summary and dissemination of findings)
  • reporting project progress and findings to funders
  • communicating with educators, administrators, and school district leaders participating in ongoing research
  • writing grants to secure additional funding

Advancing Existing Research and Developing New Research

  • planning, running, and summarizing complex statistical analyses to examine multifactorial, multi-level influences on diverse intervention outcomes
  • developing and testing empirically-derived curricula for training educators to create culturally inclusive, growth minded learning environments
  • scaling up interventions for online dissemination
  • planning, running, and summarizing potentially complex statistical analyses to examine the cultural and psychological processes that maintain prejudice and bias
  • developing and testing the consequences of new narratives about Native Americans
  • designing new lab and field studies

Communicating with Diverse Lay and Scientific Audiences

  • identifying and building relationships with leaders in schools and districts interested in participating in future research
  • visiting research sites (i.e., schools, district offices, community organizations) as a representative of the research team to collect data, lead professional development workshops, and present research findings to lay audiences
  • communicating with stakeholders in Indian Country engaged in narrative change projects related to the ongoing research
  • presenting findings at meetings of professional organizations
  • presenting research to potential funders

Mentoring and Supervising Junior Scholars

  • collaborating with senior lab members (e.g., research scientists, post-docs, and advanced graduate students)
  • mentoring graduate students
  • overseeing and mentoring project coordinators
  • attending weekly lab meetings

Required Qualifications*
  • PhD in social or cultural psychology or related field
  • Experience running lab, online, and field studies
  • Experience collecting data in K-12 educational settings (e.g., from teachers, students, and parents)
  • Experience with diverse research methodologies
  • Experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Advanced statistical skills (e.g., multilevel modeling, path analysis, and multivariate statistics)
  • Knowledge of multiple statistical analysis programs (e.g., SPSS, R, MPlus)
  • Strong communication and leadership skills
  • Willingness to learn or experience with naturalistic data collection and analysis (such as analyzing social media posts)

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.

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.

The anticipated start date for this post-doctoral research fellow position is September 1, 2019.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

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