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How to Apply

In addition to your online application, please email Amanda Kowalski a single PDF document named “Lastname_Firstname” containing the following materials:

  1. A cover letter describing:
    1. Your interest in this position and how you learned about it
    2. The start and end dates during which you would be available to fill this position
    3. Your familiarity with programming languages (e.g. Stata, SAS, Matlab, ArcGIS)
    4. Your prior experience as a research assistant and/or with independent research projects (e.g. a thesis or other research project)
    5. A previous experience that involved working in a team environment
    6. Whether you are eligible to work in the United States
    7. Names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of 2-3 references (letters not required)
  2. A current CV
  3. All relevant undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is fine)
  4. An original research paper (if available)

Job Summary

Successful candidates will collaborate closely with a research team on projects in the fields of health economics and applied econometrics. For examples of previous research and related press coverage, see assistants are involved in all stages of the research process and are expected to work independently within the scope of their responsibilities. Duties include, but are not limited to, collaborating on research design, conducting data analysis, interpreting results, training other research assistants, and drafting and editing manuscripts and presentations. Research assistants interact directly with Professor Amanda Kowalski, her co-authors, and other research assistants on a regular basis.

Candidates should have a long-term interest in pursuing research related to economics. Prior background in health economics or public finance is useful but not necessary. This position is ideal for candidates looking to develop their empirical research skills in preparation for applying to PhD programs in economics. For continuing education, research assistants have opportunities to attend weekly seminars in economics and to get feedback on their proposed research ideas.   Previous research assistants have enrolled in top economics and health policy PhD programs.

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.


Duties include, but are not limited to, collaborating on research design, conducting data analysis, interpreting results, training other research assistants, and drafting and editing manuscripts and presentations, under the direction of Professor Kowalski.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree in Economics or related field required.  Prior experience with data analysis and data analysis software a must.  Candidate must be highly detail-oriented and possess communication skills.

Desired Qualifications*

Prior background in health economics or public finance preferred; Preference will be given to detail-oriented applicants with previous programming experience, particularly in working with large datasets in software such as Stata, SAS, R, or Matlab.

Additional Information

Please note that this position would start in the summer 2021 and is a two year term limited position (until August 2023) that may be extended based on funding.

The salary range is $35,000-$42,000.  Please note a higher salary may be offered based on equity and the selected candidate’s experience.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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