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A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position; include the cover letter as the first page of your resume.  It should specifically address your interest in this position and outline particular skills and experience directly related to this position.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI) conducts interdisciplinary research that integrates physical and social science, engineering, business and public policy studies to develop economically and environmentally sound solutions to the world's pressing energy challenges. Among the institute's key projects is the University of Michigan Energy Survey, conducted quarterly as a rider on the University of Michigan's internationally renowned Surveys of Consumers. The energy survey provides unique data on consumer attitudes and concerns about the affordability, reliability and environmental impact of energy. UMEI also analyzes energy, economic, consumer and environmental data from public agencies and other sources, which in combination with our survey data generate empirically rich insights into current energy-related trends and issues.

UMEI is seeking a full-time energy survey data and issues analyst to help lead the analysis, interpretation and reporting of the U-M Energy Survey, analyze related energy data and conduct research on broader topics of energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and associated market factors. The analyst will report to the survey director, coordinate with colleagues affiliated with UMEI and in other university units, supervise student assistants and assist the director in managing the survey and other UMEI research projects. The analyst will also help with promotion of the energy survey and related research by making presentations, fielding media queries and engaging energy-related academic, business and policy communities. 


  • Timely analysis and reporting of quarterly survey data, including topline results and energy affordability indices.
  • Monthly analysis and reporting of selected energy survey topics based on emerging trends and current events.
  • Research, analysis and writing of periodic in-depth reports and academic papers using energy survey and related data.
  • Maintaining energy survey data bases and associated SAS code, coordinating with U-M Surveys of Consumers research staff, and developing new code as needed to perform analytic and report generation tasks.
  • Conducting research on other energy related topics, drawing on energy survey data and other energy, economic and environmental data and applying a variety research methods.
  • Supervising student assistants and assisting the survey director with project management, presentations, report and proposal writing and engagement of key audiences. 

Required Qualifications*

  • M.S. in a relevant social science or statistical discipline (cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, applied mathematics, statistics or other scientific field with substantial experience in consumer survey data analysis).
  • Expertise in SAS analysis of consumer surveys and other scientific and economic data.
  • Outstanding, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Intellectual curiosity, self-motivation, teamwork attitude and enthusiasm. 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Prior degree or other strong background in science and mathematics as appropriate for working with physical and economic data on energy supply, demand and emissions.
  • Good understanding of U.S. consumer behavior, energy and environmental issues.
  • Publication track record including writing for both academic and general audiences.
  • Experience with WordPress and in creating high-quality technical graphics for both web and print. 

Additional Information

For further information about the U-M Energy Survey and UMEI, see and, respectively. 

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 will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job 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.