President's Post-doctoral Fellowship

The President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Process at UMSI, 2017-2018

Job Advertisement: PPFP / UMSI Postdoctoral Application

The University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) invites applicants for the U-M President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) (http://presidentspostdoc.umich.edu/index.php#). Faculty at UMSI have a successful record of providing a nurturing and productive postdoctoral experience for President's Postdoctoral Fellows. “The University seeks applicants whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. The program is particularly interested in scholars with the potential to bring to their research and undergraduate teaching the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education”.

In keeping with the PPFP program, UMSI is interested in future colleagues who are in STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), especially computer science (e.g., human-computer interaction, data analytics, computational social science) as well as economics and political science. The position will not require teaching while holding the post-doc position, but we would like the candidate to have teaching experience and/or to demonstrate potential for excellence in the classroom.

Job Summary
The successful candidate engages in research interests that complement our faculty expertise in such areas as computer-supported cooperative work; incentive-centered design; Internet-scale data, network and text analysis; digital curation; community informatics;  social computing; information seeking, sharing and use; and health informatics. We are especially interested in qualified applicants whose research addresses important social problems, opportunities, and questions in these areas.

The mission of the School of Information is to create and share knowledge to help people use information -- with technology -- to build a better world. A successful candidate will be committed to, and will directly contribute to our goal of being the best research and teaching institution for the understanding and design of information and its technologies in service of people and society.

The School is home to vibrant research and teaching programs, with 59 core faculty, and nearly 850 students. We offer four degrees: a Ph.D., a Master of Science in Information, a Master of Health Informatics, and a Bachelor of Science in Information.

Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan has a long and distinguished history as one of the first public universities in the nation. It is one of only two public institutions consistently ranked among the nation's top ten universities. The University has one of the largest health care complexes in the world and one of the best library systems in the United States. With more than $1 billion in research expenditures annually, the University has the second largest research expenditure among all universities in the nation. The University has an annual general fund budget of more than $1.8 billion and an endowment valued at more than $9.7 billion.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in an area such as information, computer science, engineering, communication, or related fields
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated potential for high scholarly impact
  • Evidence of successful classroom teaching experience (as a student or professional)
  • A strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and cultural diversity
  • Ability to travel to attend/present at conferences and/or research meetings

How to Apply:
Applicants must submit TWO separate applications: one to the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) site (http://presidentspostdoc.umich.edu/ppfp-application.php) and a second directly to the School of Information (UMSI) site. PPFP requirements are listed on their site. In addition to the materials required centrally, PPFP applicants to UMSI must submit the following materials electronically to: https://apply.interfolio.com/45037 by October 25, 2017.

Materials due from the Candidate:

  • Thesis abstract - one page;
  • Research Proposal - 700-1,000 words (not including references and citations);
  • Education and Background Statement - 500-700 words describing your personal background and contributions to diversity and equal opportunity through your academic career;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Three (3) writing samples;
  • Research Statement;
  • Teaching statement


Materials due from references:

  • Three letters of reference

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 will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.