Research Associate

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A cover letter is required for consideration of this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should indicate your starting availability, address your specific interest in the position, outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position, and indicate which work location you prefer.

After applicants submit their cover letter and resume, select candidates will be asked to complete an empirical exercise to demonstrate their knowledge and familiarity of coding in Stata. Successful performance on the coding examination will result in follow up interviews with the research team.


The Population Studies Center at the Institute for Social Research (ISR)/University of Michigan seek a full-time, term-limited, Research Associate position to work on studies of the Economics of Health Decision-Making in Mozambique. The Research Associate will work with Professors Dean Yang and Tanya Rosenblat, and possibly other University of Michigan faculty, on a set of research projects on HIV/AIDS and COVID-19. Successful applicants will also collaborate on new research on health and economic development that stem from the ongoing research. The Research Associate will play a key role on all aspects of our field research, data analysis, and writing. The work will include project and field team management, data management, analysis of data, and writing and development of manuscripts for publication. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and have strong project management skills, exceptional attention to detail, and the ability to exercise sound judgment, as well as the ability to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision.

This position can serve as a bridge towards further graduate studies, such as a Ph.D., for applicants interested in empirical economics. The Research Associate will be an active member of Development Economics @ Michigan, a dynamic community of scholars, and will gain exposure with the cutting edge of research in development economics. PSC is an interdisciplinary center at the University of Michigan in which researchers conduct domestic and international research in several key areas of demographic research.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with one or more years of relevant work experience;
  • Proven ability to code in Stata;
  • Mastery of Microsoft Excel;
  • Excellent written communication skills;
  • Fluent in English.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Proficiency in Portuguese;
  • Experience conducting and managing fieldwork and/or field surveys (ideally related to international development);
  • Knowledge and understanding of data science, field experiments, or research literatures in development economics relating to health, education, or natural disasters.  

Additional Information

This is a one-year fixed-term position, with a potential for a one-year extension pending funding, ideal for candidates planning to apply to graduate programs in Economics, Public Policy, Public Health, or other related fields.

This position will be onsite in Ann Arbor, MI. Remote or flexible arrangements will be considered for the right candidate.

The Institute for Social Research (ISR) 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.

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:

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven 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.

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