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Research Area Specialist Associate or Intermediate

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Job Summary: This Research Area Specialist position provides a motivated, enthusiastic, and hardworking applicant the opportunity to be responsible for the operation of research studies focused on identifying social and behavioral approaches to improve nutrition and obesity among children, adolescents, and families.

Under the direction of Dr. Katherine Bauer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, this staff member will be responsible for the oversight of day-to-day of 2-3 intramural and externally-funded research studies. As part of this role, they will be responsible for communication with the Institutional Review Board; organizing staff training; establishing and maintaining systems to facilitate study processes; coordinating study implementation with community partners; conducting research study participant recruitment, scheduling, and data collection; monitoring study budget and purchasing supplies; and supervising research support personnel. The staff member may be additionally responsible for supporting growth of the laboratory including assisting with grant and scientific manuscript submissions, conducting scientific literature reviews, and implementing administrative tasks.

The position requires an individual that has exceptional organizational skills, great attention to detail, and strong communication skills. They must have the confidence and capacity to evaluate various courses of action and make independent decisions within the scope of their responsibilities. They must possess the ability to work as part of a team or individually while meeting deadlines in a multitasking environment.

Required Qualifications*

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Psychology, or related social-science discipline
  • 1-3 years experience implementing public health or behavioral/social science research protocols
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, and Google programs (e.g. Gmail, calendar, Drive)
  • Ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends in accordance with study needs
  • Ability and willingness to travel to community sites up to approximately 1 hour from Ann Arbor to meet with community partners and conduct study activities

Desired Qualifications*

Desired qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Psychology, or related social-science discipline
  • 1-3 years experience managing the day-to-day operations of public health or other behavioral/social science research studies
  • Familiarity with tasks related to conducting human subjects research
  • Supervisory and budget administration experience

Underfill Statement

This position may be filled at the associate or intermediate level depending on education and experience of the selected candidate.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  The university is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.