Research Assistant Professor – Society, Population and Environment

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

Please direct questions or inquiries to Reference #80340.

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

Job Summary

The Survey Research Center (SRC) in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan has conducted investigator-initiated, survey-based research on theoretical and applied problems of both social and scientific importance for over 70 years ( SRC has over 350 research and support staff and research volumes of about $85 million per year.

The Society, Population and Environment (SPE) program was jointly created by SRC and Michigan’s Population Studies Center (PSC). The SPE program is led by William Axinn and Dirgha Ghimire and involves population research related to the study of social context, the natural environment, marriage, family, migration and a range of health topics (reproductive health, mental health, and child health). A corner stone of the SPE program is the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) in Nepal (see From 2010-2015, the CVFS team invested in adding three new substantive components to CVFS: panel data on child health, life histories of mental health, along with DNA from all family members. These new data resources motivate this search for one or more Research Assistant Professors to join the SPE program. Ideally a successful candidate would take a significant role in leading new CVFS research in at least one of these three areas, as well as enrich SPE with their own body of related research in other populations of Africa, Asia, or Latin America. SPE faculty also work on population and family issues in the United States, so applications are welcome from international population scientists who also work on the U. S.

Suitable candidates at the Research Assistant Professor level will be doctoral graduates from programs in the quantitative social sciences. Candidates at this level should have a demonstrated interest and track record in the areas of child and adolescent health, fertility, marriage, family, migration, genetics, and/or intergenerational relationships. Suitable candidates will have an established record of accomplishment in obtaining research funding and publishing original and innovative research in child and adolescent health, fertility, marriage, family, migration, genetics, and/or intergenerational relationships.

Successful candidates are expected to pursue their own research interests through external funding and collaborate with other scientists in ongoing research programs at the University of Michigan and beyond. We are interested in researchers who would thrive in our entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary, collegial, yet highly autonomous culture. Individuals from groups historically under-represented in the social sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications

1) Experience conducting research in and analyzing data from Nepal and South Asia.

2) Record of peer review journal publications on the topics of survey data collection methods, other data collection methods, fertility, marriage, family, mental health or child and adolescent health, and intergenerational relationships.

3) Successful record of participation in extramural fund raising activities.

4) Experience or involvement in managing large-scale international data collection projects, especially in South Asia.

Additional Information

This would be a 12-month appointment and salary is highly competitive. Start dates are flexible.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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