Position Summary

The Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention at the University of Michigan is recruiting outstanding early-career research investigators to join a cohort of postdoctoral fellows who are part of an National Institutes of Health-funded T32 training grant, Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS): Multi-Disciplinary Research Training Program.

Fellows will undertake an intensive two-year postdoctoral training program to acquire core skills in research methods through a combination of formal training and applied research experiences, supported by highly engaged mentors and a cohort of fellows, with the aim of developing academic careers as independent researchers. Successful candidates may come from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds. We are particularly interested in candidates with a demonstrated commitment in firearm injury prevention as a primary career focus and research interests addressing existing inequalities, disparities, and inequities related to firearm injury.

Examples of research projects and programs that candidates may work with include, but are not limited to, research focused on community firearm violence prevention, including built environment and community interventions, efficacy research on individual interventions (e.g., hospital based violence prevention programs), policy research, implementation studies that translate evidence-based interventions for preventing suicide and violence in disproportionately affected communities, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies, firearm injury prevention through technology and engineering, data modeling, and national surveys and epidemiological research.


  • Completed a doctoral degree program (MD, PhD, DrPH, or equivalent)
  • Demonstrated commitment and interest in firearm injury prevention research as a primary career focus
  • Specific interest in research addressing existing inequalities, disparities, and inequities related to firearm injury
  • Research experience within any relevant discipline and work at any stage along the translational research spectrum or focused on any level within the socio-ecological model (individual, family, community, or policy)
  • Prior experience working with diverse and underrepresented populations
  • A desire to work with multi-disciplinary collaborators
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to commit to a full-time professional effort based in Ann Arbor for two-years

Compensation and Benefits

  • Annual compensation is determined by the National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipend Levels
    University of Michigan’s full standard benefit package including medical, dental, and vision.
  • Dedicated funds to support professional development opportunities including travel funds to scientific conferences, participate in technical seminars and course(s), and to support research-related project expenses.
  • University of Michigan benefits which reflect the institution’s commitment to foster a family-friendly environment. These benefits include maternity (childbirth) and parental leave, child-care and dependent care resources including the ability to seek a childcare stipend of $2,500 annually.
  • Additional benefits including paid sick leave, vacation, holiday and more.

How to Apply

Materials and questions should be sent by email to firearminjuryprevention@umich.edu. Please use the subject line “Fellowship Application.”

Please submit:

  • A written statement describing your research qualifications for this fellowship and long-term career goals. Please also describe your interest in one or more of these pillars: suicide, community violence, unintentional injuries, intimate partner violence, officer-involved shootings, and school and mass shootings. Please include if you have identified a potential research project or mentor at the University of Michigan.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from your current graduate or clinical residency training program.
  • Academic transcripts
  • Two writing samples, preferably a copy of a previously published manuscript(s) and/or a dissertation thesis.
  • A statement describing how your current work demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (up to 1 page)
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and accepted until filled for appointments starting summer or fall 2023. We encourage candidates whose identities may be historically underrepresented in research, such as people of color, LGBTQ+, and first-generation college graduates to apply.

For a full position description, requirements, and application instructions, please visit: firearminjury.umich.edu/education-training/postdoctoral-fellowships/

The University of Michigan is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

About University of Michigan

The Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention at the University of Michigan aims to generate new knowledge and advance innovative solutions to reduce firearm death and injury across the United States. Our mission is to address the substantial burden of firearm injuries occurring across the lifespan by conducting high-quality research, education, training, and outreach.

The Institute explores firearm injuries across the lifespan, including suicide, community violence, unintentional injuries, intimate partner violence, officer-involved shootings, school and mass shootings, as well as disparities in injury outcomes across these areas. The Institute has a particular focus on addressing the disproportionate number of firearm injuries occurring within vulnerable populations, including children and teens where firearms are the leading cause of death. The NIH-funded T32 Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS): Multi-Disciplinary Research Training Program is dedicated to providing postdoctoral research training on the prevention of firearm injuries among children and teens.