How to Apply

Deadline to apply: June 3,2022

Application materials must be submitted to with Postdoctoral Research Fellow Application in the subject line. An application packet is required and should include the following: 1) A brief cover letter, 2) Current Curriculum Vitae, 3) Two references to contact for letters of recommendation, 4) Statement of research and 5) A statement of teaching. An optional writing sample or sample publication may also be included. 


The Center for the Study of Complex Systems (CSCS) at the University of Michigan is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to conduct complex systems research and teach one undergraduate course per semester (two total for the academic year). CSCS is a broadly interdisciplinary center within the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA), more info here:  The Fellow will create independent research projects related to their particular field of interest which may include computer science, mathematics, sociology, epidemiology, economics, physics, biology and political science, among others. This position is for one year, beginning August 29, 2022, and may be renewed annually for up to three years. 

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 Postdoctoral Fellow will create independent research projects related to complex systems in coordination with their faculty research mentor and teach two undergraduate courses per academic year. They will be supported to develop research projects in their areas of interest, including support for travel expenses to an annual professional conference or training workshop. Specific duties will include:

  • Preparation of academic papers and analyses for publication
  • Manuscript preparation
  • Teaching two undergraduate Complex Systems (CMPLXSYS) courses per academic year
  • Participation in CSCS seminars, workshops and core group meetings
  • Attendance at professional conferences

Required Qualifications*

PhD or equivalent in a field related to Complex Systems such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Information, Data Science, Epidemiology, Economics, Sociology, Physics or Political Science, among others. 

Desired Qualifications*

The successful candidate will have experience in complex systems, a demonstrated interest in the field and the ability to teach complex systems courses such as agent-based modeling or nonlinear dynamics.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA. 

Background Screening

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

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