MINNESOTA POPULATION CENTER
University of Minnesota Job Opening ID 315162 –Researcher 1
The Minnesota Population Center (MPC, www.pop.umn.edu) makes the world’s largest collection of
individual-level population data freely accessible online. We are looking for smart,
technically-minded people who enjoy working with data to join the IPUMS team. With thousands of
researchers using these data worldwide, a career at the MPC offers numerous ways to contribute to
the development and enhancement of this public good.
The Center seeks one or more data analysts to join the diverse team of researchers and technical
staff supporting and improving the world’s best dissemination systems for population and health
MPC hosts a suite of census and survey data projects that includes IPUMS-USA, IPUMS-CPS, IPUMS-
International, IPUMS-Time Use, IPUMS-DHS, IPUMS-Higher Ed, IHIS, NHGIS – all accessed at
ipums.org. The hallmark of these projects is the integration of discrete datasets into a single
consistently coded and documented series that enables comparative analyses over time or space. The
projects share common methods and infrastructure while each has its unique challenges and timelines
of deliverables. The environment is highly collaborative, and you will work closely with research
scientists, data analysts, graduate research assistants, and software developers.
You will potentially be involved in all stages of data and metadata production for one or more of
the IPUMS data collections, including the web dissemination system. The range of work includes
coding data, harmonizing codes across datasets, resolving comparability issues, documenting
variables, exploring data quality, testing website functionality, adapting existing methods and
tools to new purposes, and developing new approaches to address novel situations. The position may
require supervising research assistants. The position may also involve public presentations on
campus or at professional conferences to disseminate information about IPUMS projects. We are
constantly pushing the boundaries of data processing and dissemination methods, and there is
considerable opportunity for initiative and creativity by researchers at all levels.
Required Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree; experience with at least one major statistical
software package (e.g., SAS, Stata or SPSS); at least six months (or two semesters) of experience
conducting data analysis.
Excellent computer skills and experience with census or survey microdata using a major statistical
package (SPSS, STATA, or SAS). Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
Additional selection criteria for both positions include: Experience using one of the IPUMS
databases or any other large-scale census or survey data; degree in a social science or
health-related field; demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a diverse team;
ability to learn new information technology as required; experience working with a programing
language and/or Unix.
Please include in your cover letter how many years of data analysis experience you have (including
relevant courses, internships and jobs).
Positions for M.A./M.S. and PhD level researchers also open. See Job Openings ID 315199 and
Application Procedures (http://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs)
Please apply using the University of Minnesota’s online employment system; search job opening ID.
You will have the opportunity to complete an online application. Click apply and follow the instructions. You must attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to your online application.
Your cover letter should explain your interest in our position opening and highlight your relevant skills and abilities. Please include in your cover letter when you are available to start and how many years of data analysis experience you have (including relevant courses, internships and jobs).
The search committee will begin its review of applications immediately upon receipt; the position will remain open until filled.
Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our
presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not
automatically disqualify finalists from employment.
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and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age,
marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender
identity, or gender expression.