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: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~baileymj.
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: 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
Work Location: Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research (ISR)
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