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

Job Summary

The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), www.src.isr.umich.ed...ncome-dynamics-psid/ , is a social science study that has collected economic, social, and demographic data from U.S. families since 1968. The Study is located within the Survey Research Center (SRC) Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan. A central mission of the project is to provide the scientific research community of economists, sociologists, demographers, and other social scientists with high quality data and documentation in a timely manner. The project seeks to hire a member of its Instrument Development and Production Management (IDPM) Team who will participate in the tasks and activities as described below.


Participating in meetings with research staff and investigators to develop self-administered (web, paper) and interviewer-administered (telephone, face-to-face) survey instruments, including developing and refining question wording, on-screen respondent and interviewer instructions, and question flow. Create various study documentation, including detailed meeting notes, questionnaire cross-walks, and user-friendly box-and-arrow questionnaires for public release.

Build test preload and perform integrated testing of Blaise questionnaire and sample management system to discover and document programming errors.

Using SAS, generate reports during instrument development and data collection, including summaries of prior wave response, and current wave timings and interview length.

Support the project in other areas as needed, which may include but not limited to reviewing the literature and providing targeted summaries of best current practices from the survey methodology literature, developing interviewer training materials, delivering presentations at the interviewer trainings, and representing the study at various conferences and meetings.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree in social science.


Four to five years of experience with survey research project preparation and implementation in a social science setting including:

  • Experience with instrument development for self-administered and/or interviewer-administered surveys, including testing applications and creating questionnaire specifications for programming.
  • Demonstrated experience using SAS statistical software for data management and analysis.

• Proficient in Microsoft products such as Word and Excel.

• Ability to understand the highly complex data and information about the study including its complicated sample design and "following" rules in a timely manner.

• Demonstrated ability to quickly master new processes, procedures, computer programs and work successfully in a team environment.

• Highly organized and self-directed.

• Excellent interpersonal skills.

• Excellent communication skills.

• Motivated and highly attentive to detail.

Desired Qualifications*

• Master's degree in survey methodology.

• Experience with computer-assisted interviewing (CAI) software such as Blaise (CATI/Web).

• Previous experience with web-based social science data collection.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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