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Job Summary

The Survey Research Center (SRC) Health and Retirement Study (HRS) at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) seeks a qualified candidate to manage researcher access to HRS restricted data products in the Michigan Center for the Demography of Aging (MiCDA) Enclave.  The HRS is a longitudinal national survey of more than 20,000 people and focuses on the health and economics of aging and retirement.  Data are gathered from survey participants, administrative linkages, laboratory analyses, and other sources. Most HRS data products are fully de-identified and available publicly.  However, data products derived from administrative linkages or deemed a confidentiality risk have limited and controlled access.  The MiCDA Enclave supports both local access in secure rooms, and secure remote access through a 2-factor authentication Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) system.

This position specifically will provide support for researchers who wish to utilize limited-access HRS data in a secure data enclave (SDE) environment.  Ongoing user support for questions related to data availability, procedures for accessing the data, using the data and ensuring compliance with release of information guidelines will also be required.  This position will also organize and present reports to senior staff, and may assist in teaching workshops for data users, locally or at national conferences.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and highly dependable, with a positive attitude and ability to problem solve and seek assistance when needed.  He/she will have the ability to learn new skills, including new software and other technical tools; exemplary interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to manage time and multiple priorities in a busy environment; ability to provide direction and lead others, and able to work effectively as a team member.  Discretion with handling confidential data is required.


Duties include serving as a project liaison with researchers accessing HRS restricted data in the context of the MiCDA Enclave, managing HRS data files within the Enclave, maintaining record systems of user approvals for access to specific data products, setting up researchers with appropriate enclave access, providing data support to researchers, reviewing output for disclosure risk, conducting secure file transfer of approved files into/out of Enclave environment. This position requires strong interpersonal skills to facilitate communication across a wide variety of constituents, data management, statistical analysis, ability to set and meet timelines, preparing data files and documentation, working across various groups and providing reports (both documentary and descriptive statistical analyses), and providing training to others.   The position requires assessing project needs and developing and implementing appropriate solutions. The successful candidate will work within the HRS restricted data access group, focusing on Enclave data access management.

Data Product Preparation, Documentation, and Management – Using SAS, prepare custom data sets for both external and internal data users, including documentation. Maintain documentation of data sets available, including web content and documentation regarding available files.  Ensure that current data products are appropriately housed within the Enclave.   Secure transfer of files into/out of the Enclave environment.

Data Access Management - Correspond with successful applicants to process their requests, ensuring all necessary paperwork is completed and obtained. Monitor project end dates, and notify Users of documentation that requires annual updating/review. Obtain and record updated documentation.  Help to develop and maintain a user database documenting key aspects of the data use agreements and help to develop a system to automatically generate reports from this database. In coordination with the SRC computing department and other project staff involved in the overall administration of the SDE; setup new users in the secure data enclave, assist users with two-factor authentication setup, set appropriate permissions for files and folders, and ensuring the User can access the files and folders necessary for their work.  Participate in restricted data access and Enclave team meetings.

User Support - Responsible for all user support regarding use of the data, access and data issues, through email or phone correspondence.

Disclosure Risk Review - Conduct confidentiality reviews of Enclave data export requests from users to ensure compliance with HRS standards.

Other - Report periodically and on an ad hoc basis on HRS Enclave users, project, and data product usage. Co-teach a workshop for data users, locally or at national conferences. Other duties, as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree in social science related to the duties of this position, along with 1-3 years of experience using SAS for data management and manipulation (preferably using social science survey data);  experience with Access or other relational database software; demonstrated ability to quickly master new processes, procedures, and computer programs; ability to understand highly complex data and information about the data, including its complex sample design, to assess disclosure risk of statistical output;  coursework in statistics; excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to be attentive to detail and to work independently and in a team environment.

Desired Qualifications*

Demonstrated ability to perform the role of data manager (three or more years) within the area of social science research; five or more years of data management experience with SAS, complex survey data, and longitudinal data; demonstrated ability to subset, merge and restructure complex data files; proficiency with Microsoft Access: tables, queries, forms and reports;  demonstrated ability to identify and solve complex data problems and the ability to work on and direct several projects concurrently; demonstrated ability to design and implement research strategies; prior experience leading a workshop or training others in the use of data; advanced knowledge of statistics; a Master’s Degree in economics, statistics, or related field.

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, days

Additional Information

Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience of selected candidate.

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.


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