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Job Summary

The Population Studies Center (PSC) in the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan invites applications for a part-time, temporary position of Research Associate (RA).  


Under that direction of the project’s principal investigator, the RA will be assisting with Community Corrections Probation and Parole research and poverty research. They will be involved with the collection and interpretation of data on fines and fees faced by probationers and parolees with a focus on the economic impacts of such costs on recidivism, employment, housing, and the broader socioeconomic consequences of mandated fees for those on state supervision. The work includes criminal justice and legal administrative duties and data collection. This research is funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. This is an interdisciplinary empirical legal study that collaborates with faculty at the University of Michigan Law School. Some travel around Michigan and to academic meetings and project meetings is a funded part of the job. There is opportunity to gain considerable hands on criminal justice experience, including directly interviewing parolees and onsite field work at courts and community corrections.


  • Participating in the study design and project launch and ongoing activities, in close collaboration with project’s PIs;

  • Submit periodic project status reports to supervisor/PIs;

  • Participating in the design of interview, survey, and assessment protocols;

  • Designing and modifying research methods;

  • Overseeing project data security;

  • Interacting with research subjects;

  • Summarizing and analyzing study data and reporting results; 

  • Ability to interact professionally and effectively with judges, probation/parole, defendants, and legal support staff;

  • Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision.

  • Site visits entailing data collection and legal records review.

Required Qualifications*

A Bachelor’s Degree in a Social Science and 2 years of experience or comparable education. Availability for occasional travel to research sites. Strong writing and analytical skills, ability to interact professionally and effectively with judges, probation/parole, defendants, and legal support staff; facility with Microsoft Excel and Google Drive.

Desired Qualifications*

A Master’s degree and 2 or more years of work. Experience with STATA, quantitative statistical skills, and experience conducting interviews with criminal justice-involved individuals.

Additional Information

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.


This is a one year position. The hourly rate is $15-$25/hour based on education and experience. If additional funding is received, the position may be extended.


Job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen calendar days.  


U-M EEO/AA Statement

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