Research Data Analyst

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The Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics (CID) at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR) invites applications for a full-time position of Research Data Analyst.

CID ( is a research center dedicated to the study of social inequality and its dynamics across time, generations, and places. It also actively builds the modern social-scientific data infrastructure required to support research on these topics.

We are looking for a team member with advanced Stata programming skills, solid training in statistics/econometrics, experience working with large datasets, and interest in economic and social inequality. Although you may work on several research projects simultaneously, we expect that you will be most intensively involved in a new large-scale project that aims to estimate wealth and its intergenerational persistence across the entire United States. This project is based on an existing collaboration with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Because U.S. citizenship is required in order to access IRS microdata, U.S. citizenship is a requirement for this position. Furthermore, candidates will need to pass federal security clearances to access these data and successfully execute the responsibilities of this position.

We seek 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.


  • Data manipulation

    • Write, test, document, and execute code that cleans, combines, and carries out complex manipulations of data available in large datasets or relational databases (in particular but not only from administrative sources)

    • Help determine the content, universe, and availability and comparability over time of variables with limited or imperfect metadata, and document the findings

  • Estimation of models and descriptive statistics

    • Write, test, document, and execute code that produces massive quantities of descriptive quantities  and compiles them into well organized datasets

    • Write, test, document, and execute code that estimates sophisticated quantitative models and compiles the results into well organized datasets

  • Reproducibility and Documentation

    • Help develop and maintain archiving systems for code, documentation and results, which ensure full reproducibility of the latter

    • Write short internal documents summarizing the results of analyses and the rationale for methodological decisions

  • Data distribution and visualization

    • Contribute to a collaboration with an external vendor for the development of browser-based applications that provide public access to information and graphs 

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in social science, computer science, statistics, data science or related field 

  • At least three years of relevant experience (at least one year of experience is required to be considered at the Intermediate level)

  • Advanced skills writing Stata code (do files)

  • Experience identifying and solving data problems in large datasets

  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment, excellent interpersonal skills, and excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Self-directed, highly organized and systematic, and highly attentive to detail

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in social science, computer science, statistics, data science or related field

  • Solid training in statistics / econometrics 

  • Experience writing Stata programs (ado files, Mata functions) and using Stata to manage highly complex data, carry out sophisticated data manipulations, and estimate statistical models

  • Basic knowledge of Linux (in particular, of the commands used to manipulate files and directories)

  • Intermediate to advanced SQL programming skills

  • Working knowledge of other statistical packages like Python, SAS or R 

Underfill Statement

Based on candidate qualifications, the position may be underfilled Intermediate. Salary would be commensurate with skills and experience.

Additional Information

Institute for Social Research job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen (14) calendar days. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. 

Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, 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. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off

  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting

  • Many choices for comprehensive health and dental insurance

  • Life insurance

  • Long-term disability coverage

  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

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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