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Job Summary

Institute for Social Research Research Professor Track
Social Science

The University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR) is seeking candidates for an open-rank appointment in the research professor track, with the potential for a joint appointment in a tenure-track position in another University of Michigan school or college. ISR seeks to recruit outstanding researchers with interests related to racial, ethnic, gender, and/or socioeconomic inequality.

The Institute for Social Research, founded in 1949, is one of the world’s leading interdisciplinary social science research institutions.  ISR’s five research centers – Center for Political Studies, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Population Studies Center, Research Center for Group Dynamics, and Survey Research Center – span a wide range of disciplines and methodological approaches.  Research faculty positions in ISR include 100% ISR appointments as well as joint appointments with many departments and colleges across the university.  For more information about ISR, please visit our web site:

Potential units for joint appointments for this position include the School of Social Work, the School of Information, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the School of Public Health, or social science departments within the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Disciplinary background of applicants could be in any of several areas of relevance, including, for example, economics, education, political science, psychology, public health, social work, sociology, or statistics.

Required Qualifications*

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a social science or related field by the time the position begins.

Senior candidates should demonstrate experience and success with externally-funded research, along with a national reputation and strong publication record.

How to Apply:
Review of submitted credentials  will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. All candidates should submit the following materials electronically to:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three representative research papers or publications
  • Statement of current and future research plans
  • Statement of teaching experience
  • Junior candidates (new and recent PhDs): Three letters of recommendation
  • Senior candidates: Names of three references (letters will be solicited separately)

Additional Information

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. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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