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Job Summary

Seeking qualified Research Assistant II to work on a variety of projects. Martha Bailey’s research group is working on a large-scale project to describe the evolution of birth rates, marriage patterns, and longevity over the 20th century. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, evaluating the long-run effects of childhood exposure to War on Poverty programs on adult outcomes (e.g., does Head Start or Food Stamps have lasting impacts on participants’ labor-market outcomes as adults?) and evaluating the impact of reproductive health policy on women and children. See Dr. Bailey’s website for more information about her work:

This individual will work to develop and complete data analyses within a fast-paced team environment that emphasizes collaboration, efficiency, and detail-oriented work. S/he will participate in the design and development of data analyses, assist in manipulating, cleaning, and analyzing data, and prepare reports and/or presentations.

This would start as a part-time position but could evolve into a full-time position depending on work performance, funding, and project needs. Candidates with interest in a longer-term position are preferred. This opportunity could serve as a bridge between undergraduate and/or MA level work and a Ph.D. program.  It will also build skills for doing research at a research institute or in a government agency.

Required Qualifications*

Required qualifications: The ideal person would be interested in expanding their experience conducting research, working with data, and participating with a multi-disciplinary research team. Applicants should have graduated from college with a Bachelor’s Degree by January 2018. Master’s coursework in a related field and/or research experience in a related technical field strongly preferred.


  • Stata programming skills (applicants without Stata skills will not be considered for this position) as well as other software packages (SAS, SPSS, R)
  • Experience using large-scale data and conducting original, independent data analyses
  • Good foundation in applied econometrics and statistics (including related coursework at the BA or MA level)
  • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail. Successful candidates will exhibit the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and take initiative while keeping supervisors and project leads informed.
  • Customer-focused interpersonal skills with a positive work ethic and strong sense of teamwork/problem solving with project team members
  • Excellent communication skills; dependable, punctual, flexible with schedule


    There is no disciplinary requirement; Project Director is an economist and enjoys working with dedicated employees from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

    Candidates should also email Stephanie Hart (skhart [at] umich [dot] edu) a single pdf that includes 1) a brief cover letter outlining relevant experience as it relates to this position, 2) a resume or CV, and 3) a list of three references who can comment on applicant’s skills and suitability for this position.


    Hours: 8-29 hours per week

    Compensation: $15-$25/hour (commensurate with qualifications)

    Time Frame: Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer

    Contact Person: Stephanie Hart

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  • Work Location: Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research (ISR)

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.

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."



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