Lead Data Curator

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How to Apply

Please include a copy of your resume and a cover letter as one document, with your cover letter as the first page. Your cover letter should specifically outline the reasons for your interest in the position, and your qualifications directly related to this position.

Who We Are

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the world's largest archive of social science data, is now accepting applications for a Senior Data Curator. Lead Data Curators gain a functional understanding of research studies using the data and documentation deposited and convey that understanding to secondary researchers. Lead Curators also work on tasks to support unit priorities based on interest and experience. The Lead Data Curator reports to the Data Curation Supervisor.

We have a diverse staff with varying skills and experiences, and a collegial atmosphere that fosters communication and networking.

Why Work at Michigan?

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, including:

  • 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

The Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan wants to maintain 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.


You will prepare social science data and documentation for archiving and distribution:

  • Process complex and high priority studies, including specialized projects;
  • Review data for confidentiality issues;
  • Use SPSS, SAS or Stata to review, clean, recode, and verify research data;
  • Develop and edit codebooks using the DDI system;
  • Write study-level metadata descriptions;
  • Prepare data and documentation for cataloging and release as ICPSR archival products

You will provide curation support:

  • Peer review work throughout curation process;
  • Help determine workflow for coworkers' data collections;
  • Update reference materials and help with training.

You will communicate with partners:

  • Communicate with ICPSR staff in other units, data producers, and depositors;
  • Communicate project status and discuss project priorities with supervisor;
  • Help lead subcommittees and lead working groups.

You will provide unit support, which may include:

  • Coordinate curation work for all related collections for a specific project;
  • Research and development for new data types and curation tools;
  • Set up workflows for new projects;
  • Administrative support.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in social science or a related field;
  • Advanced knowledge of social science research methods and survey design;
  • 3+ years of data curation experience including cleaning, recoding, and performing descriptive statistical procedures;
  • 3+ years of experience with any of the following programs: SAS, SPSS, Stata, R, SQL, Excel (for data management, e.g., perform complex functions, write advanced macros) ;
  • 3+ years of experience reading and summarizing technical documents;
  • 3+ years of experience organizing and prioritizing assignments, and applying oral and written instructions and procedures;
  • Experience reviewing peer work.

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, days. We offer flexibility with work hours, work-life balance, and provide in-office and remote work options.

Additional Information

Candidates for this position must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


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.

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

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