November 10, 2021

We're Looking For A Research Fellow

The Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program is seeking a postdoctoral fellow for a 2 year full-time position!

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Posting Begin/End Date

11/08/2021 - 12/08/2021 

How to Apply

To apply, please visit the U-M jobs website.

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


The University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry is seeking a 2-year full-time postdoctoral fellow to work in bipolar research within the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program. This is a research position open to all PhDs in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biostatistics, or a related STEM discipline. Candidates with a PhD in clinical psychology would also have the option to designate 25%-50% effort or an additional year to clinical training to accrue supervised clinical hours for licensure in clinical psychology. The University of Michigan has postdoctoral training opportunities in adult clinical psychology and neuropsychology. 


The postdoctoral fellow’s primary responsibilities include conducting data analyses, giving scientific presentations, and publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals. The postdoctoral fellow is especially encouraged to explore secondary data analyses using the rich dataset of the Longitudinal Bipolar Study, the flagship study of the Prechter Program, which has ascertained 1,600+ participants over 16 years. Additional responsibilities may include: supervise undergraduate/predoctoral students and junior research staff; participate in design and execution of new research studies; assist with writing of federal grant applications; participate in program planning; conduct structured clinical research interviews. Mentoring will also be available to support training/career development grant applications (e.g., NIH F32 or K award, NSF). 

The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to engage in diverse areas of bipolar research and work with an interdisciplinary team of faculty and collaborators of the Prechter Bipolar Research Program. Training faculty include: Melvin McInnis, M.D. (genetics, disease ontology, clinical trials), Ivy Tso, Ph.D. (electrophysiology, neuroimaging, brain stimulation, eye tracking), Kelly Ryan, Ph.D. (neuropsychology, mobile assessment), David Marshall, Ph.D., (neuropsychology), Sarah Sperry, Ph.D. (digital phenotyping, emotion, intensive longitudinal modeling), Emily Provost, Ph.D. (human-centered computing), Stephan Taylor, M.D. (neuroimaging, brain stimulation, cognitive training), Helen Burgess, Ph.D. (sleep and circadian rhythms), Peisong Han, Ph.D. (biostatistics, longitudinal data), and Sebastian Zollner, Ph.D. (biostatistics, genetics). The fellow is strongly encouraged to explore and develop research projects in one or more of these areas. Additional information regarding the program can be found on our website:

This is an ideal position for recent PhD graduates seeking a postdoctoral career of high research productivity (publications, grants) to successfully transition to an independent academic research career. Educational seminars, research and clinical supervision, grant writing support, and conference travel funds will be provided to support professional development. Excellent internal grant funding opportunities and training courses/workshops (e.g., neuroimaging methods, advanced statistical methods, grant writing) are widely available for early-career researchers within the Department of Psychiatry and the University of Michigan. Faculty of the Prechter group are highly committed to and have a track record of mentoring postdoctoral fellows to develop a successful academic career. 

Required Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Doctorate degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biostatistics, or a related discipline. 

We especially invite and encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups, including (but not limited to) racial/ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, and students from low-SES background. Start date is flexible, but must be before September 1st, 2022. 

Desired Qualifications

A 2-year commitment is strongly desired, with the possibility of renewal up to 5 years depending on satisfactory performance. 

Additional Information

HOW TO APPLY: Please send your CV (including names of 3 referees) and a cover letter describing your research interests, training & experience, and career goals to Ms. Holli Bertram ( For any questions about this position, please contact Dr. Kelly Ryan (, Dr. Ivy Tso (, Dr. David Marshall (, or Dr. Sarah Sperry ( Review of applications will start immediately and until the position is filled. 

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position. 

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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