Monday, November 23, 2015

Job opportunities at the Minnesota Population Center

About the Job
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 data.
MPC hosts a suite of census and survey data projects that includes IPUMS-USA, IPUMS-CPS, IPUMS-International, ATUS-X, NAPP, NHGIS, IDHS, and IHIS -- all accessed at ipums.org -- as well as historical projects that process full-count U.S. census files. 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.

General Responsibilities
You will potentially be involved in all stages of data and metadata production, 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 MPC 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.

About the Department
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 our growing 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.

How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position; you must attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to your online application.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.

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.

306058 (PhD level)
306115 (Master's level)
306055 (Bachelor's level)
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