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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Childhood Disparities Research Laboratory (UMCDRL) at the University of Michigan ( is seeking a quantitative research assistant to work on studies that examine the impact of environmental factors (psychosocial, cultural and physical) on disease risk, and more importantly identify the mechanisms by which these factors contribute to pediatric obesity disparities. The person in this position would coordinate the activities of the Stress, Obesity, Diabetes in Adolescents study, a project to examine the role psychological stress may play in increasing type 2 diabetes risk in adolescents. The research assistant will serve as a primary lead in support of the research team with participant recruitment, data collection, data management, and data analysis.


  • Professional calling to solicit participants
  • Answer incoming calls for prospective participants
  • Use scripts to provide information about the research study
  • Demonstrate the necessary engagement and dedication to meet or exceed recruitment quota
  • Keep records of calls to participant recruitment, retention, data collection, and participant payment
  • Maintain databases and prepare reports related to recruitment and data collection
  • Establish and maintain key community contacts and relationships. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: identifying and attending local school and community events, making requisite telephone and e-mail communications acting as the key liaison between site personnel, research team and Principal Investigator, (PI); Recruit and enroll project participants; distribution of project information, responding to inquiries about the project, and providing and retrieving parent and youth consent forms; and plan,coordinate, and facilitate research activities at assigned sites.
  • Managing communications with research team and PI

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor degree in biological sciences, social sciences or related fields. Two or more years of experience implementing surveys and data management and analysis. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access). Ability to successfully work with research teams composed of undergraduate and graduate students, community liaisons, and PI. Must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills (can talk to both parent and child participants) and the capacity to take initiative and work collaboratively.

Desired Qualifications*

Experience with working with diverse communities

Additional Information

This appointment will conclude at the end of the calendar year. Multiple openings my be filled from this posting.

Application Deadline

Temporary openings are posted for a minimum of two calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.