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Job Summary

The Surveys of Consumers (SCA) at the University of Michigan is recruiting for a Research Area Specialist Associate. The Surveys of Consumers measure consumer expectations to capture the impact of the expectations of consumers on their spending and saving behavior. The consumer expectation index is a component of the Index of Leading Economic Indicators due to its ability to predict future changes in the economy. The data are widely used by government agencies, financial institutions, business firm, and scholars, as well as by ordinary citizens.

The longstanding research program conducts monthly surveys of the economic expectations and behaviors of American households and how changes in their expectations influence the course of the macro economy. Market moving economic data on consumer confidence and other measures are released twice a month to the public, market participants, and policy makers. The surveys also include data on other related topics from sponsors within and from outside the University. This project is located in the Survey Research Center (SRC) at the Institute for Social Research (ISR).


Assist in developing, updating and maintaining data processing and reporting system using SAS/macros and Excel/PowerPoint/VBA macros

Assist with data analysis and preparation of results (tables and charts) for presentations, publication, or reports including Internet distribution using SAS

Using SAS, create and maintain complex datasets. Perform a wide range of data cleaning procedures and preparing data sets for various kinds of analyses. Assist in public use datafile processing, checking, cleaning, coding, archiving, and documentation

Create database preload for monthly CATI and web-based surveys; supervise undergraduate and graduate employees; miscellaneous data, SAS programming support for small unit

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, survey methodology, or biostatistics

Demonstrated foundation in applied econometrics or statistics, including multiple regression (experience or related coursework)

One to three years of demonstrated professional SAS programming experience, including macro programming (experience or related coursework)

Demonstrated ability with standard office productivity software, including Word and Excel

Must have good attention to detail and a critical eye, be well organized, and have the ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously in a team environment; should be able to work independently.  Successful candidates will exhibit the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, set priorities and take initiative while keeping supervisors and project managers informed.

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, days

Additional Information

Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience of selected candidate.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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