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Job No. 142426

  • Job Title:
  • Senior Data Curator
  • Employer:
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Location:
  • Ann Arbor , MI
  • Posting Date:
  • 20-May-2020
  • Description:
  • Job Summary
    The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is the world's largest archive of social science data. We are now accepting applications for a Senior Data Curator. Senior Data Curators gain a functional understanding of research studies using the data and documentation deposited and convey that understanding to secondary researchers through the creation of summary descriptions, metadata and other study documents, while also assisting new and junior staff. The Senior Data Curator reports to the Data Curation Supervisor.

    Major responsibilities include:

    Prepare social science research data and related materials for permanent archiving and dissemination:

    Process increasingly complex studies
    Review data for issues related to respondent confidentiality
    Use SPSS, SAS or Stata to review, clean, recode, and verify research data
    Experience developing and editing codebooks, especially using the DDI system
    Write study-level metadata descriptions
    Prepare data and documentation for cataloging and release as ICPSR archival products
    Curation support:

    Conduct peer work reviews during multiple stages of curation process, and help determine workflow for team members' data collections
    Update reference materials and train new team members
    Communication with ICPSR staff and external partners:

    Communicate with ICPSR staff in other units, data producers, and depositors to resolve issues of incompleteness
    Communicate project status and discuss project priorities with supervisor.
    Required Qualifications*
    Bachelor’s degree in social science or a related field
    Advanced knowledge of social science research methods and survey design
    2+ years of related experience in each of the following:
    Data curation including cleaning, recoding, and performing descriptive statistical procedures
    Experience with any of the following programs: SAS, SPSS, Stata, R, SQL, Excel (for data management, e.g., perform complex functions, write advanced macros)
    Reading and summarizing technical documents
    Organizing and prioritizing assignments, and applying oral and written instructions and procedures
    Experience completing peer work reviews
  •  Contact information:
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Ann Arbor, MI 48109
  • United States
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