Research Professor – Health and Retirement Study

The Survey Research Center (SRC) within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan has an open rank (tenured or tenure-track) position in its highly successful research program in Health and Retirement.

We are interested in appointing a scholar with exceptional leadership skills and demonstrated commitment to scientific excellence. The candidate must have a proven track record of scholarly achievement and the ability to thrive in the entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary, and collaborative environment of SRC. The central function for this position is the coordination of instrument development in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). As a multi-mode and mixed mode survey with a consistently high pace of innovation, the HRS is constantly developing new content in multiple modes, evaluating existing content, and adapting to technological innovation in computer-assisted interviewing. Coordinating instrument development entails working with colleagues who are subject-matter experts, bringing to bear sound principles of survey methodology on the design of measurement approaches, working with technical staff on the implementation in specific programming environments, and documenting these processes for a demanding user community. Ideally, this person would also manage the closely-related tasks of managing sample assignments across the many overlapping sub-studies within HRS.

The research program in health and retirement is anchored by the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a global leader in innovative multi-disciplinary survey research. Allied research projects in medicine, economics, psychology, sociology, epidemiology and other fields build on and complement the HRS. The successful candidate will work with HRS investigators and support scientists to adapt its measurement approaches to new realities and new technologies. S/he will be expected to:

  • Effectively collaborate as a member of the HRS scientific team;
  • Conduct scholarly research in the substantive areas of aging research enabled by the HRS, and/or in areas of survey methodology important to the HRS;
  • Strengthen established ties to the national and international network of longitudinal studies harmonized to the HRS;
  • Actively participate in development of research funding for the HRS and related projects.

The successful candidate will develop and maintain a portfolio of independently funded research projects. Salary is highly competitive.

The Health and Retirement Study is a public resource supported by the National Institute on Aging (U01AG0009740) and the Social Security Administration. It supports over 15,000 registered research users of the data and over 150 annual publications in peer-reviewed journals. 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.

Applicants should submit a letter describing their scholarly activities, funded research programs/plans, and interests in SRC and HRS. Please include a CV, names of (but not letters from) three references, and two or three recent publications. A doctoral degree is required.

Please send applications, nominations and inquiries electronically to Reference position #156006. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. The University of Michigan is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

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.