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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 address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. The salary range for this position is $18-$20 per hour. 


The program in Society, Population, and Environment (SPE) is seeking a Research Assistant to assist in ongoing research projects. The Research Assistant will conduct a wide range of research-related tasks, including assisting the team in the preparation of research papers and proposals; creating data tables, figures, and graphs; conducting literature searches; proofreading and preparing manuscripts for submission to journals; and checking references. The Research Assistant’s primary task will be reviewing written content for readability, grammar, and punctuation. The Research Assistant may also perform a variety of tasks to prepare data for release to the public, such as writing study descriptions and creating documentation files.


The Research Assistant will work closely with SPE faculty and staff on research projects covering a broad range of topics, including population studies, family change, social psychology, mental health, reproductive health, aging, attitudes and behaviors, human-environment interaction, statistics, public policy, information science, public health, and new social science research methods. The Research Assistant will engage in projects that study populations from diverse regions of the world, with special focus on the United States and South Asia.

Required Qualifications*

  • Self-directed
  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong proofreading skills
  • Well organized
  • Time management skills

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience proofreading for non-native English speakers.
  • An interest in social research.
  • Experience with Zotero

Additional Information

The candidate will ideally work 10-30 hours per week on a schedule mutually determined by the Research Assistant and SPE staff.

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.

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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