Assistant Research Scientist – INK/IRIS

Interested applicants will submit a cover letter describing their scholarly activities, any funded research programs and plans, and interest in the Survey Research Center; a curriculum vitae; list of references; and up to three recent publications. All applicants must submit their applications on our online applications site, Interfolio, at

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Job Summary

SRC is a unique, world-renowned social science research center that conducts investigator initiated, survey-based research on theoretical and applied problems of social and scientific importance (please see our website):

The successful candidate will work closely with Jason Owen-Smith, Jinseok Kim, faculty collaborators from partner universities, and IRIS’ professional staff on projects to measure and analyze the impact academic research has on the development of scientific knowledge, individual scientists’ careers, and the health, prosperity and well-being of society.

The Assistant Research Scientist will be primarily responsible for data analyses, preparation of research papers, reports, and analytic datasets and will, with other faculty, oversee the work of relevant staff, student, and post-doctoral research analysts. They will be expected to contribute to the development, submission and completion of grant proposals for federal and non-federal research funders such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. While formal didactic teaching is not a component of this position, contributions to IRIS sponsored training workshops for research users and mentorship of student research assistants will be part of the work.

While we expect the Assistant Research Scientist to aid in the design and development of new projects related to IRIS’ intellectual mission, we currently have several active projects that the Assistant Research Scientist will contribute to, including:

  • Analyses of the effects early career awards such as NIH Ks have on the scholarly productivity and careers of faculty
  • Analyses of the effects paid undergraduate research experiences have on the later career and employment outcomes of STEM and non-STEM students
  • Analyses of the economic and scientific effects of large-scale cyberinfrastructure investments
  • Analyses of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on academic research

Who We Are

The Survey Research Center (SRC) at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR) invites applications for a full-time position of Assistant Research Scientist for the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS).

Required Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in a social science, information science or related field,
  • Experience working with large scale restricted data using advanced computational and statistical methods (causal analysis, Bayesian analysis, network analysis)
  • Strong scientific computing and data management skills with a particular emphasis on collecting, cleaning, linking and documenting large analytic datasets
  • Familiarity with Python, R, SQL and other common tools for computational social science
  • Demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary collaboration and team science work
  • A working familiarity with research literatures pertaining to the science of science, science of team science, science and technology studies, higher education, network science or related areas of study
  • Commitment to reproducibility, privacy/confidentiality and data security
  • Excellent presentation and writing skills

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with developing and publishing tools for scientific computing through e.g. Python or R packages
  • Experience mentoring students in research
  • Methodological or other technical teaching in face-to-face or virtual settings
  • Experience designing, writing, and submitting research proposals to external funders
  • Interest in/experience with research communication to organizational or policy-making audiences

Additional Information

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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.

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

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