Assistant Research Scientist

Website UMich The University of Michigan

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: Institute for Social Research: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Open Date: Nov 13, 2019

Deadline: Jan 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


Job Summary

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) in the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan invites applications for a faculty rank Assistant Research Scientist with a focus on expanding access to data for education research.

ICPSR maintains research and data archiving projects that advance social science research, while collaborating with other units at the University of Michigan and beyond. ICPSR research faculty conduct independent research and contribute to the development of archival data collections, as well as extramural funded projects, to build data archiving infrastructure.


This leadership position will collaborate with investigators at ICPSR and elsewhere to improve access to education research, methods, and data. The successful candidate will contribute leadership across existing education projects at ICPSR as well develop new projects. These projects vary in scope and may include early childhood, K-12, and/or post-secondary education. This person will lead projects where the goal is to increase the availability of data for reuse, including confidential data. The projects involve working with ICPSR’s data curation unit which improves data so it can better support research and evidence-building. This leadership position contributes to both educational and training objectives aimed at increasing data use and reuse.


Required Qualifications

A Ph.D. in Education, Sociology, Public Policy, or a closely-related field is required. A demonstrated interest in and familiarity with education datasets is preferred. Qualified applicants will have extensive knowledge of education trends and issues and/or experience participating in education research communities. Other required qualifications include: experience writing and/or leading extramural grants and contracts; strong leadership and administrative skills with exceptional attention to detail; a proven ability to work with data, including survey data; a familiarity with relevant software and research tools, and strong writing skills. The ideal candidate will join ICPSR in the early spring of 2020.

Application Instructions

Additional Information

We are accepting applications until January 15, 2020, but will begin reviewing applications starting December 10, 2019. Apply to

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social, part of the Institute for Social Research 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.

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