Data Curator,Institute for Social Research

Michigan, United States
$38,000.00 – $38,000.00
05 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Feb 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter as the first page of your resume (same document), explaining how your skills align with the job requirements and demonstrate your interest in position.

Job Summary

A unit of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is an international membership organization, with over 700 institutions from around the world, providing access to empirical social science data for research and teaching. The atmosphere is collegial with a work environment that fosters communication and networking, incorporates a diverse staff with varying skills and experiences and offers family-friendly flexibility with work hours.

The core charge of a Research Technician is to gain a functional understanding of research studies using the data and documentation deposited to the archive and convey that understanding to secondary researchers through the creation of summary descriptions, metadata and other study documents. Specific responsibilities for this entry level position entail:


  • Prepare social science research data and related materials for permanent archiving and dissemination by:
  • Reviewing data for issues related to respondent confidentiality;
  • Communicating with data producers and depositors to resolve issues of incompleteness;
  • Using SPSS, SAS and/or Stata to review, clean, recode, and verify research data;
  • Compiling and editing research documentation;
  • Structuring data and documentation files into ICPSR archival products for release and cataloging via the ICPSR Web site;
  • Writing study-level metadata descriptions;
  • Preparing data and documentation for use with online data analysis tools.
  • Work collaboratively with team members and conduct peer work reviews, as well as work with ICPSR staff in different units of the organization, as needed.
  • Provide support to data users by responding to questions about the data collections.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in social science or a related field;
  • Knowledge of social science research methods and survey design;
  • Experience in data management including but not limited to cleaning, recoding, merging and/or subsetting data, and performing descriptive statistical procedures;
  • Experience with any of the following programs: SAS, SPSS (PSPP), Stata, R, SQL, Excel

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in archival procedures;
  • Experience using Linux to navigate files and run programs
  • Experience with Adobe software related to documentation compilation
  • Familiarity with text parsing including the ability to read and summarize technical documents and organize information into a category-specific format
  • Demonstrated capacity to organize and prioritize assignments, effectively apply oral and written instructions and procedures, and execute tasks with minimal supervision

Additional Information

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the 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.