Research Assistant Professor – Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics

How to Apply

Interested applicants will submit a cover letter describing their scholarly and research activities (including funded research and plans), and their interest in the Survey Research Center and the Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics. Please include a curriculum vitae, up to three recent publications or manuscripts, a list of up to three references, and a diversity statement.

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

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The Survey Research Center (SRC) at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR) invites applications for a full-time position of Research Assistant Professor at the Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics (CID).

SRC ( is a unique, world-renowned social science research center that conducts investigator-initiated research on theoretical and applied problems of social and scientific importance. CID ( is a recently established SRC unit dedicated to the study of changes and stability in social inequality across time, generations, and place. CID also seeks to expand the social scientific data infrastructure available to support research on these topics.

We are looking for an enterprising scholar with a research interest in wealth inequality and an excitement for creating and using novel data products to support the study of socio-economic inequality. You will be able to pursue these research interests through external funding and collaborate with other scholars in ongoing research programs at the University of Michigan and beyond. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in a new, large-scale effort to estimate wealth and its intergenerational persistence across the entire United States based on an existing collaboration with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and help distribute such estimates to the research community, policymakers, and broader public. Finally, you will be able to help shape the organizational development of the relatively young and growing Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics.

Successful candidates will have strong quantitative skills, exposure to multiple types of data (such as, survey data and administrative data), and an interest in or demonstrated record of contributing to interdisciplinary efforts to advance foundational inequality research. Examples of particularly relevant areas of interest for this position include – but are not restricted to – research on net worth inequality, on housing wealth and housing markets, on taxation and public economics, or on racial and ethnic inequality in wealth.

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

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in a social science discipline.

Additional Information

This will be a 12-month appointment. Salary is competitive. Start dates are flexible.

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.

Application Procedure

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

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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.

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