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Job Summary

The Center for the Management of Information for Safe and Sustainable Transportation (CMISST) group at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute is seeking a part-time (20 hrs/week) statistician to join a multidisciplinary team focused on gathering, linking, disseminating, and analyzing transportation and related datasets, as well as developing new statistical techniques for analysis of linked datasets. 

NOTE: the salary range of $55,000-$65,000 would be the full-time rates for this position.

Who We Are

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is recognized internationally for our multidisciplinary research focusing on transportation safety and mobility ( We maintain the highest standards of excellence as we conduct research that improves peoples’ lives through access to safe and equitable mobility. UMTRI is a non-degree-granting unit within the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan that includes 20 faculty members, 65 research staff, and over 100 student researchers. During the last fiscal year, UMTRI generated $19M in research expenditures with funding from a wide range of government agencies and industry partners.

Our Team

The CMISST group within UMTRI conducts research for a wide variety of industry, charitable foundation, and state and federal government sponsors. We have a substantial track record of obtaining funding beyond the posted appointment term and a strong commitment to the professional development and long-term retention of individuals who work in our group. CMISST staff and faculty work as team members on a variety of projects that change over time. The ideal candidate will enjoy doing more than one thing at a time, learning new skills, and working in a team setting. In addition, CMISST and the College of Engineering support a variety of flexible workplace options including remote work from home.


  • Independently conduct statistical analyses of transportation data using established techniques.
  • Provide guidance on appropriate statistical techniques to researchers.
  • Perform statistical simulations to assess new statistical techniques.
  • Document the methods and results of statistical analyses in reports, journal articles, presentations, and other visual media.
  • Query large databases.
  • Perform literature reviews, consult with faculty to define research questions and analytical design.
  • Write, test, and implement programs to clean, merge, and analyze large, complex datasets.
  • Create standardized and recoded variables to facilitate analyses using multiple datasets.
  • Implement methods to ensure data quality.
  • Participate as a team member in discussions on data analysis and improvement of data collection, quality of data analyses, programming, and documentation.

Required Qualifications*

  • The ideal candidate will have completed a master’s degree in biostatistics, statistics or other related field.
  • 1-3 years relevant experience in statistical data analysis, modeling, programming, and simulation.
  • Expertise in programming and analysis with SAS or R.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively document and communicate statistical methods.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with complex data structures and linkages between data sources
  • Experience with GIS
  • Familiarity with SQL.
  • Familiarity with Python.
  • Some experience with analysis of Big Data.

Additional Information

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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.