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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 595618
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Human Medicine
Department: Epidemiology And Biostatistics 10022273
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Position Summary

Seeking a highly motivated Research Associate (RA) to join a research team housed in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Michigan State University (MSU) and lead by Dr. Claire Margerison ( The RA will be primarily responsible for data management and analysis of large administrative and survey datasets in support of research examining impacts of health and social policies on maternal and child health. The RA must have strong data management and analysis skills. The RA will have the opportunity to be lead author on publications if desired.


Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

  • A doctoral degree or equivalent in biostatistics, statistics, epidemiology, economics, public policy or a related field.

  • Strong skills in management of large datasets and statistical analysis using either SAS, R, or Stata.

  • Experience with multilevel modelling, fixed effect modelling, and survey weighting


Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently; self-motivated

  • Ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues

  • Excellent time-management skills and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously

  • Experience with difference-in-difference analysis, regression discontinuity, and instrumental variable analysis
  • Excellent scientific writing ability and strong communication skills
  • Subject-matter knowledge in one or more of the following: social epidemiology, maternal and child health, public policy
  • Experience with claims or health system data

Note: Candidates with strong quantitative backgrounds but lacking the desired qualifications should still apply, as training in specific skills can be a component of the position.

This is a one-year full-time position, but with the possibility of extending for 4 or more years, based on funding and performance. The salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience.


Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing qualifications, a curriculum vitae or resume, and names and contact information for three references.

Special Instructions

For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Claire Margerison at

Review of Applications Begins On


MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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