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Research Professor/Research Associate Professor – Health and Retirement Study

How to Apply

Interested applicants will submit a cover letter describing their scholarly activities, research activities (including funded research), and their interests in SRC and HRS. Please include a CV, two to three recent publications, and a diversity statement.

All applicants must submit their applications on our online applications site, Interfolio, at

Please direct questions or inquiries to [email protected]. Reference #99374.


The Survey Research Center (SRC) within the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR) is seeking an economist at the rank of Research Associate Professor or Research Professor to join its highly successful research program in health and retirement.

We are interested in appointing a scholar with exceptional leadership skills and demonstrated commitment to scientific excellence. The candidate must have a proven track record of scholarly achievement and the ability to thrive in the entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary, and collaborative environment of SRC. The ideal candidate would be a scientific leader in the field of economics, or closely related social or policy science discipline, with a history of interdisciplinary collaborations, a demonstrated focus on research relevant to health and aging, and a successful record of entrepreneurial activity. Prior experience managing survey design, fieldwork, web-based data collection, administrative linkages, or other aspects of data production and dissemination are highly desirable.

The research program in health and retirement is anchored by the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a global leader in innovative multi-disciplinary survey research. Allied research projects in medicine, economics, psychology, epidemiology and other fields build on and complement the HRS. The successful candidate will work with other HRS investigators and study collaborators and technical staff to adapt its approaches for economic measurement to new realities and new technologies. S/he will be expected to:

  • Effectively collaborate as a member of the HRS scientific team
  • Actively participate in development of research funding for the HRS and related projects
  • Conduct scholarly research related to one or more themes in the economics of aging, which include the measurement of income, wealth, consumption, pensions, and government benefits; the study of retirement and disability; health and health care.

The successful candidate will develop and maintain a portfolio of independently funded research projects. The Health and Retirement Study ( is a public resource supported by the National Institute on Aging (U01AG0009740) and the Social Security Administration. It supports over 25,000 registered research users of the data and over 300 annual publications in peer-reviewed journals. SRC ( is an international leader in interdisciplinary social science research involving the collection and analysis of survey data. SRC also advances the scientific method of social research through teaching and training.

We are interested in researchers who would thrive in our entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary, collegial, yet highly autonomous culture.

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

Required Qualifications

A doctoral degree is required.

Additional Information

This would be a 12-month appointment. Salary is competitive. Start dates are flexible. A joint appointment with an appropriate department at the University of Michigan or teaching opportunities is possible.

The diversity statement should include a discussion of demonstrated or planned activities regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching or mentoring, and service.

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, 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. 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

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.

Selection Process

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.

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