JOE Listings (Job Openings for Economists)

February 1, 2016 - July 31, 2016

University of Michigan

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Institute for Social Research
Population Studies Center
Assistant Research Scientist

JOE ID Number: 2016-01_111455282
Date Posted: 02/16/2016
Date Inactive: 07/31/2016
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Assistant Research Scientist
Section: US: Full-Time Academic (Permanent, Tenure Track or Tenured)
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, UNITED STATES
JEL Classification: A -- General Economics and Teaching
Big data
Machine learning
Data linking
Public Policy
University of Michigan
Salary Range: Highly competitive
Full Text of JOE Listing:

The Population Studies Center in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan invites applications for a full-time position of Assistant Research Scientist. The Assistant Research Scientist will collaborate with investigators working on the Longitudinal, Intergenerational Family Electronic Microdata (LIFE-M) project. LIFE-M studies four generations of U.S. families linked using vital records combined with census information. Funded by the NSF, this study pioneers new data linking methods and documents changes in intergenerational mobility and health over the 20th century, allowing for research on the long-run effects of early childhood interventions and changes in public policies.

The Assistant Research Scientist will help develop new data linking methods, expand data linkages to new data sources, and carry out econometric analyses of linked data. The researcher will conduct research independently and as part of a team, including preparing data documentation, articles for publication, and proposals for funded research. The position also includes some management of staff programmers and research assistants supporting these activities.

Requirements for the position are a Ph.D. in Economics or a closely-related field, experience in data linking and applied econometric methods using big data, familiarity with relevant software and programming tools (Python and Stata), and strong writing skills.

Application Requirements:
  • Application Instructions Below
  • Letters of Reference Instructions Below
Reference Instructions:
Submit up to three reference letters to
Application Instructions:
Applicants may initiate the process by submitting a letter describing their scholarly activities and interests in PSC. Please include a CV, three letters of reference or names of three references, and up to two recent publications or writing samples. Salary is highly competitive.

Please send applications, nominations and inquiries electronically to or by mail to Population Studies Center Search Committee, Director’s Office, Population Studies Center, Suite 2116, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248. Reference position 121003. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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