Research Assistant Professor, University of Michigan (USA)

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 for the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID).

An exciting opportunity has been created for an enterprising scholar interested in biosocial approaches to health and behavior. This position will provide the opportunity to be among the first to use newly released genomic data collected on siblings and two generations of PSID families, as part of CDS-2014, lead the creation of new genomic data from saliva samples collected in CDS-2019, and oversee a new effort to expand the genomic data to a third generation of these families, which will result in genomic information on children, parents, and grandparents.

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, a list of three references, up to three recent publications or manuscripts, and a diversity statement.

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

Please direct questions or inquiries to Reference #101142

Job Summary

SRC is a unique, world-renowned social science research center that conducts investigator initiated survey-based research on theoretical and applied problems of social and scientific importance: PSID is the world’s longest running national panel study and has collected economic, social, and demographic data from U.S. families since 1968 ( PSID has several large supplements including the Child Development Supplement (CDS) and the Transition into Adulthood Supplement (TAS) that have collected data on children and young adults in PSID families.

The Research Assistant Professor will work closely with SRC Survey Research Operations (SRO) on designing and managing the collection of saliva samples, including the collection of analytics (e.g., response rates, sample representation). The successful candidate will also collaborate with the PSID leadership team and other colleagues at SRC and ISR to lead the development of genomic data, including polygenic risk scores, and to develop a portfolio of research using these data to explore the biosocial processes that influence health, behavior, and well-being across the life course.

Among the specific activities to be undertaken by the successful candidate are designing and overseeing the collection and processing of saliva samples; generating, evaluating, and disseminating genomic data to the scientific community; conducting user outreach through presentations at user workshops and scientific meetings; and developing an active research agenda involving the social sciences and genomics and based on a portfolio of externally-funded scholarly research projects.

Required Qualifications

A Ph.D. in a social science field, or an allied field such as epidemiology or biostatistics, with experience in analyzing genomic data; a strong interest in survey data collection and genetic and social science research; experience with large national social science data sets; and excellent presentation and writing skills.

Application Deadline

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

Additional Information

This would be a 12-month appointment. Salary is competitive.

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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