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Job Summary

The Population Studies Center (PSC) in the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan invites applications for a full-time position of Assistant Research Scientist. The Assistant Research Scientist will collaborate with investigators at ISR working on the Longitudinal, Intergenerational Family Electronic Microdata (LIFE-M) project. LIFE-M studies four generations of U.S. families linked together using vital records combined with census information. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this study is pioneering new data linking methods and launching new efforts to document changes in intergenerational mobility and health over the 20th century. In addition, the data are uniquely suited for the study of long-run effects of early childhood interventions and changes in public policies. 


The Assistant Research Scientist will help develop new data linking methods, expand data linkages to new data sources, and carry out econometric analyses of linked data. The researcher will conduct research independently and as part of a team, including preparing data documentation, articles for publication, and proposals for funded research. The position also includes some management of staff programmers and research assistants supporting these activities.


PSC is a unique, world-renowned social science research center that conducts investigator-initiated research on theoretical and applied problems of social and scientific importance (please see our

Required Qualifications*

Requirements for the position are a Ph.D. in Economics or a closely-related field, experience in data linking and applied econometric methods using big data, familiarity with relevant software and programming tools (Python and Stata), and strong writing skills.


Applicants may initiate the process by submitting a letter describing their scholarly activities and interests in PSC. Please include a CV, three letters of reference or names of three references, and up to two recent publications or writing samples. Salary is highly competitive.


Please send applications, nominations and inquiries electronically to or by mail to Population Studies Center Search Committee, Director’s Office, Population Studies Center, Suite 2116, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248. Reference position 121003. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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