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How to Apply

To apply for this position, please upload a cover letter, your CV, one or more writing samples demonstrating your research skills (e.g., job market paper, dissertation chapter, recent publication that you authored or co-authored), and contact information for three individuals who are willing and able to serve as references for you.  The cover letter should address in detail your fit for the position and the ways in which you meet the required and desirable qualifications for the position, listed below, as well as your professional commitment to diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity.  If the writing sample is a co-authored paper, include in your cover letter a detailed explanation of your particular role in the work. Review of applications will begin on October 20th and continue until the position is filled.

Job Summary

The Research Project Lead organizes and executes research projects and collaborates in original research and funding proposals addressing postsecondary students’ educational and labor market outcomes, and policies and practices that influence student success. The position is part of a research team under the direction of Peter Riley Bahr, Associate Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, who will determine the scope of work. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal depending on funding.


  • Manage and prepare complex data sets for analysis 
  • Write carefully commented and well-organized Stata syntax 
  • Conduct analyses 
  • Prepare codebooks and document methodological and operational decisions of data processing 
  • Write manuscripts, reports, briefs, and funding proposals 
  • Prepare and deliver presentations 
  • Prepare literature reviews 
  • Participate in and contribute to team meetings  
  • Guide the work of graduate student research team members, assign tasks, set timelines, ascertain the quality and completeness of work products, and ensure that deadlines are met
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • M.A. (PhD preferred) in Education, Public Policy, Sociology, Economics, or a related field
  • Extensive experience with quantitative research methods
  • Experience preparing complex longitudinal datasets for analysis, including cleaning, coding, merging, and managing data
  • Experience using Stata to prepare and analyze data and display results
  • Experience writing manuscripts for peer-reviewed scholarly journals
  • Experience translating research findings for presentation to scholarly audiences, such as at professional conferences
  • Extensive, in-depth knowledge of one or more areas of higher education research
  • Familiarity with contemporary research and policy discourse on community colleges and other open-access postsecondary institutions
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others, including both receiving direction and providing direction
  • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining exceptional attention to detail
  • Experience with project planning and leadership
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. in Education, Public Policy, Sociology, Economics, or a related field
  • Experience writing research grant proposals
  • Experience writing research reports or research briefs for policymaker and/or practitioner audiences
  • Experience translating research findings for presentation to policymakers and/or practitioners
  • Experience working in state or national higher education organizations

Work Locations

The School of Education is located at 610 E. University, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  This is a 100% remote position, but an on-campus office is available if preferred.  

Additional Information

We respect and value individuals from all races, ethnic backgrounds, ages, genders, religions, sexual orientations, disabilities, economic or veteran status, and other diverse perspectives and individual differences. Further, we are committed to tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect everywhere within our community and we affirm our promise to make the School of Education a welcoming place for all.  In seeking new staff members, we are committed to hiring those who share in our reverence and expectation for diversity.

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 will be 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.


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