Research Fellow

Website University of Michigan




DEPARTMENT: LSA Ecology & Evolutionary Bio

How to Apply

Please include a cover letter addressed to Professors Melissa Duhaime and Krista Wigginton as the first page of your curriculum vitae. Only one pdf file can be uploaded in the application system.

Evaluation of the applications will begin immediately with the goal of a Sept 1, 2022 start date


The Duhaime and Wigginton labs at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor are seeking a postdoctoral scholar to work with us at the intersection of engineering, virology, and public health to mitigate transmission of influenza in childcare settings.  The researcher would be part of a multi-institutional study with an interdisciplinary team of professors, postdoctoral researchers, and students studying influenza viruses in the environment. The advertised position will divide their time between viral ecology (Duhaime Lab) and applied microbiology (Wigginton Lab) research groups. We are seeking someone excited to apply microbial metagenomics (short and long-read sequencing), bioinformatics, and molecular biology techniques to identify novel biomarkers for the presence of human viruses in the environment.

This position is a good fit for someone with expertise in bioinformatic analysis of metagenomic sequence data and preferably environmental microbiology or virology. The scholar would work closely with fellow group members and collaborators on these topics. They would assist the project team with field sampling and sample analysis. They will be involved in the design and execution of experiments, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and research presentations.

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.

Who We Are

The Duhaime and Wigginton research teams include a diverse group of researchers at various stages of their education and careers. We work closely with teams across the University of Michigan and at other institutions. More information on our teams and research projects can be found at: and

A shared commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) is expected of the hired candidate, as it is a strong component of our lab ethos. The Michigan Engineering and LSA components of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan-along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment-can be found at: and

Required Qualifications*

  • Earned doctorates in engineering, microbiology, public health, or quantitative/computational science and have research experience in life sciences.
  • Strong quantitative, oral, and written skill sets.
  • Highly motivated, able to work independently
  • Previous programming experience
  • Ability to write peer-reviewed manuscripts.
  • Enthusiasm for mentoring student researchers
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely.   More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.

Job Detail

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Work Location

Ann Arbor Campus

Ann Arbor, MI

Full/Part Time




FLSA Status


Organizational Group

College Of Lsa


LSA Ecology & Evolutionary Bio

Posting Begin/End Date

6/22/2022 – 7/22/2022

Career Interest

Research Fellows

The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory/affirmative action employer.

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