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Research Professor – Open Rank (Youth and Social Issues)

How to Apply

Interested applicants will submit a cover letter describing their interest in the Survey Research Center (SRC) and Youth and Social Issues (YSI) program, a curriculum vitae, up to three recent publications, contact information of three references, a statement of research, a statement of teaching and mentoring, a statement of service, and a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement. The DEI statement should be 1-4 pages and include a discussion of demonstrated or planned contributions relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching or mentoring, and service.

All applicants must submit their applications online at Please direct questions or inquiries to [email protected].


The Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan is the largest academic social science research institution in the world. This interdisciplinary community includes researchers from psychology, sociology, economics, political science, information and computer science, statistics, geography, public policy, public health, and medicine, among others. The Survey Research Center (SRC) is a unique, world-renowned social science research center that conducts national survey-based research on theoretical and applied problems of social and scientific importance.

The Research Professor (Open Rank) position will collaborate with an existing team of social scientists in SRC’s Youth and Social Issues (YSI) Program. YSI’s flagship research study is Monitoring the Future (MTF), which is an ongoing study of substance use among adolescents and adults that began in 1975. Each year, nationally representative samples of U.S. students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades are surveyed. In addition, the MTF Panel study follows a subset of 12th graders from each high school class, including longitudinal data from 48 active panels currently ages 18 to 65.

The Research Professor track provides an opportunity for a scholar to collaborate on the ongoing MTF study, as well as to pursue their own lines of research. Faculty in the YSI program study epidemiological and developmental trends in substance use and other health-related behaviors across historical time and age, examine risk and protective factors for these behaviors, and seek to identify long-term co-related research interests include substance use behaviors, policies, and interventions; HIV risk behaviors; human development across the lifespan; longitudinal data analysis and statistical weighting; predictors of morbidity and mortality; and historical changes in a range of behaviors and attitudes. Survey methodological innovations are embedded in the annual large-scale data collection activities of the MTF study.

A successful candidate is expected to launch or establish an independent externally-funded research program within YSI’s collaborative and supportive environment. SRC faculty are expected to cover their effort through sponsored research either with grants as principal investigator or as investigator on the grants of others.

Individuals from groups historically under-represented in social science research or related fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

Why Work at Michigan?

U-M 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 with two-for-one matching contributions after the first year; many choices for comprehensive health insurance; life insurance; long-term disability coverage; and flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses. Learn more about U-M benefits:

Required Qualifications

A doctoral degree is required.

Additional Information

The position is a 12-month appointment located in Ann Arbor, MI. Salary is competitive. Start dates are flexible. A joint appointment with an appropriate department at the University of Michigan may be possible.

Ann Arbor and its surrounding communities in the Detroit-Warren-Ann Arbor Combined Statistical Area offer a variety of climate-resilient, family-friendly communities within commuting distance of several universities and major employment centers.

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.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

A confidential review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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