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A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position.  The cover letter should be included in the same document as your resume and should specifically address your interest in this position and highlight related skills and experience.

Job Summary

The Youth Policy Lab is seeking a Research Analyst to assist on project work and data analysis. 

The Youth Policy Lab at the University of Michigan conducts applied research in the areas of education, health care, juvenile justice and workforce development to improve opportunities for young people in Michigan and beyond. We partner with state and local agencies, nonprofits and policymakers to develop and evaluate interventions for youth ages 0-25. Leveraging the collective expertise of faculty across the U-M, we help organizations use individual-level client data to ascertain needs, identify promising strategies, refine service-delivery models and conduct rigorous outcome evaluations.

For more information about the Youth Policy Lab and to learn more about our current projects, visit: 

NOTE: This is an 18-month term-limited appointment and is dependent on continued grant funding.


  • Perform a wide range of data cleaning procedures and preparing data sets for various kinds of analyses.
  • Assist with data analysis and preparation of results for memos, spreadsheets, and presentations targeting both policymakers and academic audiences.
  • Conduct thorough and critical reviews of relevant literature.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree by April 2018.
  • Extensive experience working with Stata, R, SAS, or similar programming languages may be considered.
  • Solid foundation in applied econometrics or statistics, including multiple regression (experience or related coursework at the BA or MA level). 
  • Demonstrated interest in social policy.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required.
  • Successful candidates will exhibit the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, handle multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and take initiative while keeping supervisors and project leads informed.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s coursework and/or research experience related to youth policy will be strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with large and complex datasets strongly preferred.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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