The Minnesota Population 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, 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.