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Research Scientist – Open Rank (Panel Study of Income Dynamics)

How to Apply

Interested applicants will submit a cover letter describing their interest in the position and the Survey Research Center and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics; a curriculum vitae; up to three (3) recent publications; the names and contact information of three (3) references; a statement of their scholarly and research activities; a statement of service; and a diversity statement. The diversity statement should describe your experiences with diversity in your research, teaching, mentorship and/or service, and should also discuss your experience with and/or vision for creating diverse and welcoming environments for scholars and students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in academic environments.

All applicants must submit their applications to Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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The Survey Research Center within the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research is seeking a quantitative social scientist with interests in survey methodology to join the team of investigators on the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) as a Research Scientist. Rank is open. PSID is the world’s longest-running household panel study. The PSID team provides substantive and methodological leadership in the design and collection of data for multidisciplinary social science research.

PSID ( is a cornerstone of the social science data infrastructure in the United States. It receives core funding support from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute on Aging, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. NSF has recognized PSID as one of the most significant advances funded by the foundation in its 60-year history. 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 appointing a scholar with strong research and analytic skills and a demonstrated commitment to scientific excellence. The candidate must have a record of scholarly achievement in the social or behavioral sciences, experience in survey research and quantitative methods, and interest in design, collection, and analysis of large-scale social science data.

The successful candidate will work with the PSID’s investigator team, study collaborators, and technical project staff to help oversee the project’s fieldwork activities and plan strategically for innovation and the next phase of the study’s methodological evolution. The ideal candidate will also contribute to substantive domains in the survey, in the areas of psychology, sociology, demography, economics, or other social or behavioral sciences fields.


  • Effectively collaborate as a member of the PSID team to oversee the project’s fieldwork operations, to analyze survey data and paradata for methodological purposes, and to supervise technical project staff on the project;
  • Strengthen established ties to the survey research methods community to ensure that the study is at the cutting edge of developing and incorporating new and cost-effective methods for data collection and assessment;
  • Participate in and lead innovative methodological research, including survey design and data collection experiments that seek to maintain and improve the study’s fieldwork outcomes and cost-effectiveness;
  • Contribute to management of the project, supervision of senior staff, and activities related to data processing, documentation, release, promotion, and use; and
  • Actively participate in developing strategic plans and in securing research funding for PSID data collection and methodological research.

Required Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in a social or behavioral science field, such as psychology, sociology, demography, economics, or survey methods;
  • Expertise in survey research and quantitative analytic methods; and
  • Experience in design, collection, and analysis of large-scale social science survey data.
  • A demonstrated commitment to activities in support of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience managing survey design, fieldwork, web-based data collection, experimental assessment of survey design and data collection, administrative linkages, or other aspects of survey data production and dissemination; and
  • Experience obtaining external grant funding to support innovative data collection and analysis directly or as a member of a research team.

Additional Information

This is an ongoing 12-month appointment located in Ann Arbor, MI with a competitive salary and flexible start date.

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.

ISR is interested in candidates who have demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching, research or service toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Women and those from groups who are underrepresented in the sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. The University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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