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In addition to your online application, please email socialsolutions@umich.edu with a cover letter and CV if you have interest in any of these positions. Please specify which area you are most interested in.

Job Summary

The University’s Center for Social Solutions (CSS), launched in April 2018 with a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation and led by noted social historian, author, and academic leader, Earl Lewis, is a new center that will address three core areas of social concern: slavery, the politics of water, and the future of work. The Center is currently seeking senior-level graduate students for research associate I positions to work on projects in all three areas:

Slavery  (2 positions) Students will be working on creating a clearinghouse of  projects on research focusing on slavery across the country, benchmarking higher education institutions, government and public sector organizations.

Hours per week: 10-15
Pay: $20/hour

Water (2 positions): Students will be working on creating a clearinghouse of projects on research focusing on the politics of water across the country, benchmarking higher education institutions, public sector organizations, and corporations. The objective is to document and summarize research reports, policy briefs, empirical studies, and related material that explore the effects of drought across geographic regions in the United States, unequal access to water as experienced across geographic regions, and policy-based and strategic intervention strategies designed to address these conditions.

Hours per week: 10
Pay: $20/hour

Future of Work (2 positions): Students will be working on creating a clearinghouse of projects on research focusing on work across the country, benchmarking higher education institutions, public sector organizations, and corporations. The objective is to document and  summarize research reports, policy briefs, empirical studies, and related material that explore the future of work and work opportunity in emerging and traditional American labor market sectors, and the status and fate of lower-tier and/or non-professional workers in those sectors.,

Hours per week: 10

Pay: $20/hour

Responsibilities*

Participate in design of research projects; coordinate the processing and analysis of data; perform complex statistical computations; organize data for the preparation of summarized reports;

Required Qualifications*

Graduation from a college or university with a Bachelor's degree, minimum two years of graduate work completed; Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well across teams.

Desired Qualifications*

Some work experience in research or related technical fields.

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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

All applications for this position must be received by (enter the date).

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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