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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 and outline your experience that directly relates to it.


Job Summary

The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) is a social science study that has collected economic, social, and demographic data from U.S. adults since 1968. We are located within the Survey Research Center (SRC) at the Institute for Social Research (ISR). Our central mission is to provide the scientific research community of economists, sociologists, demographers, and other social scientists with accurate data and documentation. The PSID includes major supplemental data collections such as the Child Development Supplement (CDS) and the Transition into Adulthood Supplement (TAS). The project is looking for a Research Associate to join the Data Processing team who is experienced in the domains of data cleaning and processing, data management, creation of codebooks and user guides, and report writing. 



  • Use SAS to clean, process, and transform social science panel data to prepare for editing; write and revise SAS programs to transform raw data; determine the correct number of records and merge on correct person identifiers to raw data; produce SAS output for identifying potential problems with record integrity; application of best practice rules for data management including identifying and flagging problems with primary keys and primary-foreign key relationships

  • Conduct data consistency,  data quality checks, and use statistical tools to identify and solve complex data problems 

  • Apply complex longitudinal rules to perform family composition and economic data editing

  • Code open-ended answers from survey questions

  • Process complicated raw data obtained from the computer assisted interview application

  • Construct detailed codebook documentation that creates variable-level specifications and code frames in an Oracle Forms application; create variable names, labels, and formats; construct new and maintain existing cross year index that categorizes survey measures and maps comparable measures across interviews; develop documentation of data files, including Web-based codebooks and other electronic documentation

  • Write and edit technical reports and training materials, including processing and editing in Word, creation of charts, graphs, and tables in Excel

  • Assist the project in other areas, including data analysis, writing tutorials to instruct users about how to create and analyze data, assisting with user help, and compiling information about protocols and instruments used in other similar studies

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree.  Bachelor’s degree in a social science.

  • 4 or more years of experience with management and analysis of social science survey data

  • Experience using SAS or other statistical programming languages (Stata, SPSS, R) to manage and manipulate data with an emphasis on data step programming and merging data

  • Demonstrated competency in statistics, including producing and assessing descriptive statistics, evaluating outliers, and handling missing data

  • Demonstrated ability to subset, merge, and restructure complex data files

  • Experience in identifying and solving data problems and applying complex sample design and rules

  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment, excellent interpersonal skills, and excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work independently, maintain organized project output, and highly attentive to detail

Desired Qualifications*

  • Four or more years of SAS experience, with an emphasis on data step programming and using macro statements

  • Master’s degree in economics, sociology, survey methods, or related field

  • Experience in the processing and editing of longitudinal social science survey data 

  • Intermediate knowledge of statistics and experience producing balanced panel output, weighted frequencies, means, scatterplots, and manipulating raw data collected at various levels.

Underfill Statement

Based on candidate qualifications, the position may be underfilled at the Associate level. The Associate level requires a bachelor’s degree in a field of science directly related to the position as well as one to three years of related experience. Salary would be commensurate with the Associate level position.

Additional Information

Salary is dependent upon the qualifications and experience of selected candidate

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to employ 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.


Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off

  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting

  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance

  • Life insurance

  • Long-term disability coverage

  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses



U-M EEO/AA Statement

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