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Job Summary

Computing and Multimedia Technologies (CMT) at the Survey Research Center (SRC) of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) provides broad computing services to research investigators and staff.   This position includes programming support for a broad spectrum of research related services using a variety of tools and methods including the development/refinement of statistical programs such as: IVEware and SEARCH )

CMT is composed of a team of approximately 20 members who provide programming, networking, desktop support, IT security and guidance related to systems design and development for SRC and ISR members.  ISR, in existence for over 75 years, is noted for and dedicated to providing social research methods and research results for the public benefit which are often used at the state and federal levels for understanding and informing policy and program decisions.  Working in ISR provides a broad exposure to a breadth of issues and related research efforts.  The benefits of working within CMT include ongoing exposure to emerging methods and tools, the opportunity to consult with a variety of dedicated and interesting researchers and staff in a supportive and generally stable environment.  CMT is a well-known and respected computing group on campus and among social research information technology groups worldwide.


A successful candidate for this job will be expected to:

Work with clients to develop system requirements and specifications including costs for project proposals. Develop system prototypes and completed systems.

Analyze requirements, design, and develop systems of various types including, but not limited to, web, client server and statistical applications

Use current state-of-the art design and programming tools for client server, database, web and web services systems, including but not limited to Microsoft.NET, Visual Studio, HTML/HTML5, PHP, Python, R, C++ and various frameworks and other tools as required

Design and implement database structures for Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, MySQL and other database systems as required. Share the responsibility of database administrator with other CMT members.

Maintain existing systems, analyze existing system functions and critical problems working with users to determine and implement required revision / resolution

Train users in the operation of new systems, coordinating ongoing problem resolution and providing enhancements are a common job duty

Work as integral team member within CMT sharing and coordinating in a relatively continuous, open, low ego, collaborative manner

Communicate and coordinate work with various organizations internal and external to SRC and ISR

Assure compliance with security, affirmative action and safety programs

Retain current programming and design skills by taking advantage of various trainings/seminars, online and in person

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology or related field 

Three years of professional programming (intermediate level) and five years of professional programming (senior level) using Microsoft .NET, PHP, Python, R, and C++ or other emerging technologies. Professional internships may be included as experience. 

Experience in the development and maintenance of quantitative/statistical programs 

Three years of Web programming experience (may be concurrent with above) 

Demonstrated ability to work with a high functioning team of System Administrators and Hardware/Software support experts 

Demonstrated ability to successfully provide client service and support 

Ability to work on multiple projects, effectively managing individual schedule and work commitments 

Successful experience as a database administrator

Desired Qualifications*

Experience supporting WordPress web sites 

Interest in developing skills in various flavors of cloud computing design and implementation 

An ongoing interest in personal and professional development

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, days

Underfill Statement

Position level and salary dependent upon qualifications of selected candidate.

Intermediate level salary range: $60,000-$70,000, annually

Senior level salary range: $80,000-$100,000, annually

Additional Information

Must be able to successfully pass a background check at the federal I C5 level including a credit check.


The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

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