Data Analyst

Michigan, United States
22 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
14 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position.  The cover letter should be included in the same document as your resume and should specifically address your interest in this position and highlight related skills and experience. 

Job Summary

The University of Michigan is seeking a Data Analyst to become an active member of the Youth Policy Lab. Founded in 2016, the Youth Policy Lab exists to make academic research and ‘big data’ analysis accessible and relevant to Michigan policymakers who are trying to address our most pressing social challenges. At the Lab, we believe we are only as successful as the most vulnerable among us, and that doing better by Michigan’s young people in the context of their families and communities is the pathway to prosperity for all Michiganders. We offer rigorous social science in service of a successful Michigan. For more information, please visit us at 

NOTES: This is a two-year term-limited appointment and is dependent on continued grant funding.  This position may be filled at the associate or intermediate level depending upon the educational qualifications and work experience of the selected candidate.   


  • Perform a wide range of data cleaning procedures and preparing data sets for various kinds of statistical analyses
  • Assist with data analysis and preparation of results for memos, spreadsheets, and presentations targeting both policymakers and academic audiences
  • Conduct thorough and critical reviews of relevant literature 
  • If the position is filled at the intermediate level, you will also be responsible for supporting research design, determining and interpreting research results, and independently writing up analyses 
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • For associate-level: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with coursework in statistical analysis. Extensive experience working with Stata, R, SAS, or similar programming languages may be considered in lieu of a degree
  • For intermediate-level: Graduate-level degree in a relevant field with substantial coursework in statistical analysis. Extensive experience working with Stata, R, SAS, or similar programming languages required 
  • Solid foundation in applied econometrics or statistics, including multiple regression (experience or related coursework at the BA or MA level) 
  • Demonstrated interest in social policy 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Successful candidates will exhibit the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, handle multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and take initiative while keeping supervisors and project leads informed 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working with large-scale, longitudinal, individual-level administrative data sets
  • Coursework in public policy of education, health, social welfare, or criminal justice; coursework in program evaluation 

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.