Research Professor – Surveys of Consumers (SCA)

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter describing scholarly activities, any funded research programs and plans, and interest in the Survey Research Center and the position. Please include a curriculum vitae 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

The Survey Research Center (SRC) within the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research is seeking an economist or other social scientist at the rank of Research Professor or Research Associate Professor to lead the Surveys of Consumers. The Surveys of Consumers produces key indicators for understanding economic performance including measures of consumer sentiment and expected inflation. These indicators are closely monitored by policymakers, forecasters, and financial market participants. The Survey of Consumers pioneered the measurement of consumer expectations in nationally-representative samples and has disseminated data on them for decades. The surveys have advanced research on survey methodology and economic policy.

We are interested in appointing a distinguished senior social scientist with a proven track record of scholarly achievement and the ability to thrive in the entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary, and collegial culture of SRC. The candidate must have the qualifications to lead the methodological, operational, analytic, and dissemination functions of the Surveys of Consumers. A successful candidate could be a macroeconomist with a background in surveys or an economist or other social scientist focused on surveys who has sufficient expertise in macroeconomics to lead the analysis and dissemination activities. Prior experience in survey design, fieldwork, web-based collection, or other aspects of data production and dissemination are highly desirable.

We seek researchers who would thrive in our entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary, collegial, yet highly autonomous culture. Individuals from groups historically under-represented in economics, social sciences or related fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must have a doctoral degree.

Application Procedure

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

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.