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Project Assistant for Midlife in the US (MIDUS)

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Division/Organization: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Department: Institute On Aging
Job Type: UW Student Assistant
Remote Eligbility: Partially Remote
Salary/Wage Range or Lump Sum: $24.82
Job Categories: Interpersonal Communication, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Digital Technology, Teamwork/Collaboration, Professionalism/Work Ethic, Graduate Assistant-Programs/Projects, Career Management, Honoring Context and Culture


Department Overview:

The Institute on Aging administers the Midlife in the U.S. (MIDUS), a large national longitudinal study. MIDUS follows behavioral, psychological, social, and biological aging of U.S. adults who were between ages 25 and 75 at the first wave in 1995. This major study is funded by the National Institute on Aging and involves researchers from many universities throughout the U.S. The sample includes over 7,000 original core respondents and 4,000 refresher respondents, as well as 1,100+ African American respondents from Milwaukee, WI. MIDUS is at the forefront of national longitudinal research linking psychosocial and behavioral factors to health and well-being across various subgroups, including a comprehensive array of biological, genetic, and neurological assessments.

Anticipated Start Date:

As soon as possible

Anticipated End Date (If Applicable):

Six months after starting date (extension is available on yearly basis)

Remote Work Eligibility Detail:

The PA duties are expected to be performed on-site and remotely

Anticipated Hours Per Week:

13.3 hours/week



Salary/Wage Range/Lump Sum:


Number of Positions:



Graduate student enrolled at UW-Madison

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

This position requires experience in using SPSS (or comparable statistical packages such as Stata), word processor, and spreadsheets to clean and manage research data files. Background or interest in quantitative research methods is preferred as well.

Position Summary/Job Duties:

The PA will work with MIDUS staff (researchers, data engineers) to prepare release of MIDUS data and documentation to the public domain. Tasks may include cleaning and processing newly collected data, preparing accompanying documentation, preparing and managing linkages to external data sources (e.g., National Death Index, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services), and preparing newsletter for data users. This work requires good organizational and critical thinking skills

Physical Demands:


Institutional Statements:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

UW-Madison is an Equal Employment, Equal Access Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background-people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit:

Accommodation Statement:

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:


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