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Post-Doctoral Alcohol Research Training

Since 1990, a post-doctoral research training grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), has allowed a steady stream of creative and productive junior researchers to receive specialized training with the Addiction Center at the University of Michigan. This program primarily provides two types of postdoctoral training: post-residency physicians (primarily psychiatrists, but open to all specialty-trained physicians) and doctoral-level fellows (primarily Ph.D.’s) from a broad range of specialties in the behavioral and biomedical sciences. The program is normally completed within two years. Given the time necessary to develop and successfully launch a new program of research, it is sometimes possible for trainees to remain for three years. Program graduates have been quite successful in obtaining federal funding of their own to continue addiction-related research. In addition, more than 75 percent have gone on to pursue research and/or academic careers at other leading universities and institutes. Nearly one third have gone on to hold faculty positions within the University of Michigan Addiction Center or in affiliated university departments and institutes.

Our training program admits trainees whose research interests are aligned with the work of program faculty or other collaborating colleagues who serve as primary mentors. This insures that candidates and their mentors are ready to engage immediately and build successful collaborations from the very beginning of the fellowship. Program faculty have a wide array of expertise in areas related to the behavioral pharmacology, statistics, developmental epidemiology, personality, and psychology of alcohol use and addiction.

Our faculty hold roles with the U-M Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology, Pharmacology, Neurology, Emergency Medicine, the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, the Institute for Social Research, and a number of additional university-wide Centers. These departments and centers provide a broad range of mentored research opportunities in the program. This fellowship offers candidates the opportunity to develop an integrated research program and enhance skills necessary for a successful academic/research career. In addition to the primary emphasis on research development, fellows participate in a broad range of content-relevant coursework and workshops to develop their methodological expertise.

Fellows will give presentations on their work and attend quarterly meetings, monthly research seminars, other pertinent UM Substance Abuse Research Center (UMSARC) seminars, interdisciplinary lectures, and Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds.

Application Process

Fellows must be US citizens or permanent residents with a Ph.D. or M.D. degree. Appointments typically are for two years of training although a third year appointment is sometimes available. Salaries are commensurate with prior postdoctoral experience and NRSA regulations. Applications will be considered as received for appointments starting on or about June 1 or thereafter for the next academic year. Applications received prior to February 1st will receive priority. In addition, midyear and other off-cycle vacancies are sometimes available. Send a CV, three letters of reference, and a detailed cover letter describing your research interests, potential project foci for the fellowship period, and longer term career goals to:

Admissions Committee, C/O Shirley Terlecki, Program Manager
University of Michigan Addiction Center
Rachel Upjohn Building, 4250 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MIĀ  48109-2700 sterleck@med.umich