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Job Summary

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.

The Health and Retirement Studies Program (HRS) is a multidisciplinary research program housed within the Survey Research Center (SRC) at the Institute for Social Research (ISR). The HRS program supports multiple research projects surrounding the health and economics of aging.  

This position is responsible for programming, development and maintenance of database systems for several on-going research projects. This position requires working actively with faculty investigators, senior staff, and graduate students on issues of data and information management, statistical analysis, and survey design.  This position reports to the faculty member leading these research projects and requires interaction with and support for researchers across the country. Ability to work as part of a team is critical.

Responsibilities*

Database Design, Development and Management

Use modern programming tools and techniques including the use of systems, database design tools and database management to design and construct databases. Implement record linkage, variable construction, database creation, and statistical analysis in a secure U.S. Census Bureau facility. This includes the design of data flow for assigned research projects. Manage restricted data research files and working in a secure, restricted data facility, in collaboration with faculty investigators, to ensure scientific goals are met.  Interact as needed with data providers at government agencies, private partners, and elsewhere.  Use comprehensive knowledge of project goals, technical expertise and relationships with data providers and key decision-makers to provide oversight of staff to meet overall scientific goals of projects.

Implement statistical techniques for record linkage for creating databases. Design and implement software and database systems to be used by project team members to utilize and document data products. Design and implement special database products, as requested. Recommend and develop new data products and services and application and system improvements based on deep and broad knowledge of both academic and commercial software products. Use SQL to create researcher-ready and well-documented SAS datasets.

Manage and update database-driven website. Manage websites for each of the sponsored projects.

Statistical Analysis

Perform high-level systems and statistical analysis, data linkage and standardization, in SAS, Stata, Python, and similar programs.

Survey Design

Participate in the design and conduct of surveys, including determination of project needs, development of survey design specifications, drafting and presentation of proposals including staffing and funding, work with faculty investigators throughout development cycle.

Management and Supervision

In collaboration with faculty investigators, senior personnel, and other key decision-makers, participate as skilled individual contributor in the planning and implementation of complex research projects, serving as expert in specialized areas of database and information management. Participate in the long-range strategic planning of projects, including aspects related to implementation of scientific goals.

Provide guidance in areas of expertise to junior staff.

Outreach and Data Dissemination

Participate in writing research proposals, authors or co-authors reports for funding agencies, articles for publication and other research materials. May travel to meet with colleagues, investigators, or sponsors to provide project information. Present research findings at professional meetings and conferences. Oversee and/or conduct trainings for professionals on data use. Use technical and project knowledge to provide advice to faculty investigators on data security and confidentiality matters. Develop and implement technical and programming research initiatives.

Required Qualifications*

Master's degree in information technology, computer science or related field with a background in the social sciences and survey research and eight (8) years of experience in applications development for social sciences and experience in social science application migration, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects to deadline. Expertise in the use of SAS for data management and analysis. Eligible to work in a secure U.S. Census Bureau facility (U.S. citizen or three years of residence in the U.S. in the last five years).

 

Desired Qualifications*

Experience with integrated social science and health data sources and analysis. Knowledge of Stata, SQL, and Python. Management of website, knowledge of HTML.

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, days

Additional Information

Salary:  $85,000-$102,000, commensurate with skills and experience.  A higher salary is available for exceptionally well-qualified candidates.

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.