Research Professor/Associate Research Professor – Panel Study of Income Dynamics

How to Apply

Interested applicants will submit a cover letter describing their scholarly activities, any funded research programs and plans, and interest in the Survey Research Center and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics.  Please include a curriculum vitae, up to three recent publications or manuscripts, and a diversity statement.

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The Survey Research Center within the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research is seeking an economist at the rank of Research Associate Professor or Research Professor to join the leadership of the research program responsible for the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). 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.

We are interested in appointing a scholar with exceptional leadership skills and a demonstrated commitment to scientific excellence. The candidate must have a proven record of scholarly achievement and securing competitive external research funding.

The ideal candidate will be a scientific leader in the field of economics, or a closely related social or policy science discipline, with a history of interdisciplinary collaborations. The candidate should also have experience in the design, collection, and analysis of large-scale social science data. The candidate is expected to have a successful record of obtaining external grant funding to support innovative data collection and analysis. Prior experience managing survey design, fieldwork, web-based data collection, administrative linkages, or other aspects of data production and dissemination are highly desirable.

The successful candidate will work within PSID’s leadership team and with other PSID investigators, study collaborators, and technical project staff to continue to build and expand economic content domains and plan strategically for innovation and the next phase of the study’s growth and evolution. The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Effectively collaborate as a member of the PSID team, including assisting with the day-to-day management of project operations and the technical project staff
  • Actively participate in developing strategic plans and in securing research funding for PSID and related projects
  • Strengthen established ties to the economics discipline and the social science research community to ensure that the study continues to collect cutting edge data that respond to scientific and policy needs and to promote use of the study
  • Develop and maintain an active portfolio of externally-funded scholarly research projects that focus on economic measurement of individuals, families, and households (e.g., wealth, income, consumption, or employment, transfers across or within generations, relationship between economic status or behavior and health and well-being over the life course, or related topics).

PSID ( is a cornerstone of the social science data infrastructure for the US. The National Science Foundation has recognized the 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.

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

Application Procedure

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

This would be a 12-month appointment.  Salary is competitive.  The start date is flexible.  A joint appointment with an appropriate department at the University of Michigan 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.

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