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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your CV or resume.  The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan is seeking a talented researcher who wants to join our growing organization and be a key member of our dynamic team.  The ideal candidate will have a data science, social research, economic research, or similar background. An ambitious professional with the desire to help build an institute that does important, meaningful work, and leave their mark on the world is the team member of our dreams.  Strong interest in the economy, business, and community development is a must.

The position begins with one specific project for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) - a one-year study to identify best practices in technology commercialization and innovation among a select group of 70 universities designated as “Innovation and Economic Prosperity” (IEP) universities, a designation recognizing exemplary work translating research into innovation and economic activity.  The study will also research collaborative activities of these institutions with nearby federal labs or other institutions in regional clusters.

The study will identify best practices that can be documented and shared.  A key goal is to increase the impact of federal funding at research universities by sharing practices that result in greater economic impact.  The identified best practices will also inform recommendations for six pilot-programs that will help disseminate, support, and accelerate practices that lead to innovation and beneficial economic outcomes.

The Economic Growth Institute oversees outreach programs and research studies that impact businesses, communities, and innovation across the region and the country.  Our professional staff work with companies adjusting to global competition, new businesses commercializing new innovations, and companies seeking research partnerships with university faculty.  Alongside our outreach programs, the institute conducts research studies addressing economic impact analyses, market and feasibility studies to aid communities, and supply chain studies.

 Learn more about the Economic Growth Institute at

Note: This position is a term limited appointment December 2017 - October 31, 2018.  While this is a term-limited project, we are looking to make this position a long-term endeavor to grow the Institute.?


  • Oversee the study’s methodology, design, deployment and analysis.
  • Perform literature search and review of peer reviewed articles in publications related to the study topic area.
  • Conduct, or oversee, research conversations with individuals in technology and commercialization roles at IEP universities.
  • Manage data collection of web-based surveys and follow-up conversations, data cleaning, and preparation for analysis.
  • Conduct data analysis and identify best practices.
  • Recommend pilot programs based on research results.
  • Facilitate dissemination and publication of study report.
  • Manage day-to-day operations of the research project.
  • Manage a team of four graduate students that will be supporting the project on a part-time basis.

Required Qualifications*

  • Experience with industry research or academic research projects.
  • Experience with focus groups and primary research.
  • Project management experience, including time management, task planning, and reporting.
  • Understanding of principles and practices of survey design, survey deployment, and data analysis.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Significant experience with applied research in public policy, economic development, technology commercialization, or business is highly valued.  
  • PhD or advanced degree in a related field.
  • Experience managing graduate students while fostering learning experiences.
  • Track record with developing new research programs, composing grant proposals, and fostering a research pipeline.

Additional Information

  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and /or quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state, and local standards.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly via telephone.

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.