A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline your experience that directly relates to it.
The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) is a social science study that has collected economic, social, and demographic data from U.S. adults since 1968. We are located within the Survey Research Center (SRC) at the Institute for Social Research (ISR). Our central mission is to provide the scientific research community of economists, sociologists, demographers, and other social scientists with accurate data and documentation. The PSID includes major supplemental data collections such as the Child Development Supplement (CDS) and the Transition into Adulthood Supplement (TAS). The project is looking for a Research Associate to join the Data Processing team who is experienced in the domains of data cleaning and processing, data management, creation of codebooks and user guides, and report writing.
Use SAS to clean, process, and transform social science panel data to prepare for editing; write and revise SAS programs to transform raw data; determine the correct number of records and merge on correct person identifiers to raw data; produce SAS output for identifying potential problems with record integrity; application of best practice rules for data management including identifying and flagging problems with primary keys and primary-foreign key relationships
Conduct data consistency, data quality checks, and use statistical tools to identify and solve complex data problems
Apply complex longitudinal rules to perform family composition and economic data editing
Code open-ended answers from survey questions
Process complicated raw data obtained from the computer assisted interview application
Construct detailed codebook documentation that creates variable-level specifications and code frames in an Oracle Forms application; create variable names, labels, and formats; construct new and maintain existing cross year index that categorizes survey measures and maps comparable measures across interviews; develop documentation of data files, including Web-based codebooks and other electronic documentation
Write and edit technical reports and training materials, including processing and editing in Word, creation of charts, graphs, and tables in Excel
Assist the project in other areas, including data analysis, writing tutorials to instruct users about how to create and analyze data, assisting with user help, and compiling information about protocols and instruments used in other similar studies
Master’s degree. Bachelor’s degree in a social science.
4 or more years of experience with management and analysis of social science survey data
Experience using SAS or other statistical programming languages (Stata, SPSS, R) to manage and manipulate data with an emphasis on data step programming and merging data
Demonstrated competency in statistics, including producing and assessing descriptive statistics, evaluating outliers, and handling missing data
Demonstrated ability to subset, merge, and restructure complex data files
Experience in identifying and solving data problems and applying complex sample design and rules
Ability to work successfully in a team environment, excellent interpersonal skills, and excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work independently, maintain organized project output, and highly attentive to detail
Four or more years of SAS experience, with an emphasis on data step programming and using macro statements
Master’s degree in economics, sociology, survey methods, or related field
Experience in the processing and editing of longitudinal social science survey data
Intermediate knowledge of statistics and experience producing balanced panel output, weighted frequencies, means, scatterplots, and manipulating raw data collected at various levels.
Based on candidate qualifications, the position may be underfilled at the Associate level. The Associate level requires a bachelor’s degree in a field of science directly related to the position as well as one to three years of related experience. Salary would be commensurate with the Associate level position.
Salary is dependent upon the qualifications and experience of selected candidate
The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to employ 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.
Benefits at the University of Michigan
In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan 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 that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
Long-term disability coverage
Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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