Research Project Coordinator

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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.



The Population Studies Center at the Institute for Social Research/University of Michigan seeks a part-time, term-limited project coordinator position to work on the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN). SSDAN's mission aims to make US census data available and accessible to college teachers across the country for classroom use. To meet this mission, SSDAN creates data sets repackaged from the full, complex US decennial census and the related annual American Community Survey data releases. The repackaged data sets offer students and faculty accessible options to analyze recent social and demographic data in order to build skills developing evidence-based conclusions. To ease adoption by educators who may be uncomfortable creating new lessons in quantitative data analysis, SSDAN also hosts a repository of data-driven learning exercises created by faculty from around the country. The project coordinator will be responsible for planning and coordinating activities associated with the largely online project as discussed below.

On-going Activities

The project coordinator will be responsible for planning and coordinating activities associated with the largely online project follows:

  • Organizing an annual online or in-person workshop including recruiting faculty from across the country, including follow up with participants throughout the year for project evaluation (in conjunction with evaluation specialist).
  • Assisting efforts to create repackaged data sets and to subsequently transfer them to the online repository. 
  • The project coordinator will also curate the collection of data-driven learning exercises, which may require communicating with exercise authors and updating content.
  • Organizing occasional web presentations with outside faculty.
  • Supervising graduate and undergraduate students to update the datasets and curricular materials on the project website.; and updating relevant information on the project’s Facebook and twitter accounts.


Under the direction of the Principal Investigator (PI), the project coordinator will engage in the following:

Among the ongoing activities to make census data more accessible, this project involves an annual multi-day online or in-person workshop to assist faculty and future faculty, across the country, interested in incorporating more quantitative data analysis into their courses.  The project coordinator will use or adapt past project practices to organize and recruit faculty participants for the annual workshop. The project coordinator will also follow up with workshop participants after each workshop to encourage and assist in participants' efforts to use workshop materials and methods in their courses. Additionally, the workshop--as well as occasional one-day webinars/online presentations--will require the project coordinator to organize and communicate with session presenters and with an education specialist who evaluates the project.  

The project coordinator will also supervise part-time student employees at Michigan and work with regular staff members at the Institute for Social Research.  Student research assistants aid with all aspects of the project including developing data sets and course modules, transferring data sets and course modules to the project's website (, updating social media, and recruiting workshop participants. 

Required Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with zero to one years of relevant work experience;
  • Proven ability to work independently.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with basic web development (e.g., familiarity with blog-type platforms or HTML).
  • Basic quantitative data analysis and proficient in Microsoft Excel.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Demonstrated experience with statistical analysis packages (e.g., SAS, R, Stata, SPSS).
  • Experience with GIS packages (e.g., ArcGIS, qGIS).
  • Familiarity with U.S. Decennial Census or American Community Survey.

Additional Information

This is a one-year fixed-term position, ideal for candidates planning to apply to graduate programs or currently studying Demography, Statistics or other related fields. This position will be onsite in Ann Arbor, MI.

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:


Application Deadline

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 selected candidate. 

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