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Job Summary

The Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD) in the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan is seeking applications for a full-time, term limited Research Area Specialist Associate position to work and collaborate with Dr. Elizabeth Roberts on the NESTSMX project, Water, Public Trust and Health in Mexico City. RCGD is a unique, world-renowned social science research center that conducts investigator-initiated research on theoretical and applied problems of social and scientific importance.

As an Ethnographic Coordinator, you will join a diverse research team that is exploring water quality, public trust and health in Mexico City neighborhoods.

Joining this NESTMX research team will help you build skills in data management, survey design, ethnographic data analysis, publication coordination and supervision.


Under the direction of the project’s Principal Investigators (PIs), the Ethnographic Coordinator will engage in the following:

  • Data Science: assist with data processing, and development/refinement of ethnographic data and analyses, set priorities for emerging patterns in field data
  • Research: support ethnographic data collection with research team in Mexico City, and prepare statistical reports by conducting reviews of current research, analyzing data, and writing summaries of field research findings.
  • Publications: develop and prepare presentations, posters and publications with support of the PI, prepare material for publication to be shared with UM research team and INSP
  • Coordinate grant writing with Graduate students and INSP

The selected candidate will need to possess the following:

  • The ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with strong project management skills, exceptional attention to detail, and the ability to exercise sound judgment.
  • Exceptional time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and prioritize to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with one or more years of relevant work experience in Ethnographic methods, with a strong background in social theory preferred.
  • Proven ability in Atlas.ti, or similar software
  • Fluent in conversational Spanish, proficient in reading and interpreting written scientific reports in Spanish, ability to translate Spanish to English for publications
  • Previous experience in producing publications, reports, posters and publications
  • Demonstrated ability, or previous experience successfully working in diverse cultures and socio-economic populations

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous Ethnographic experience in a foreign country, preferably in a Spanish speaking country is encouraged
  • Knowledge of daily life Mexico or having lived in Mexico preferred

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.

As an employee of ISR you will be able to take advantage of training and educational workshops, interact and network with faculty and staff, enroll in classes for credit at UM, and become a part of a diverse research community. This position includes health benefits detailed in the link below. All University of Michigan policies, practices, and procedures applicable to your classification title apply to your employment.  Please explore “Working at U-M” for additional information regarding benefits and employment:

ISR job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen (14) calendar days. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. This posting may be removed at any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Due to COVID restrictions, this position is currently classified as a remote workplace. Should COVID restrictions be lifted, working from Ann Arbor, Michigan would be required and possible travel to Mexico City.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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