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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 Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is seeking a part-time Research Program Officer to administer and assist with instructional design to provide authentic research experiments in introductory laboratory courses in Biology and Chemisty, with the goal of increasing retention in STEM majors. This position is funded by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant. 


  • Administration and Coordination - Coordinate a curriculum development project across three departments (Chemistry; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Molecular, Cellular, and Development Biology) including recruiting student participants, managing enrollments, hiring and training undergraduate laboratory assistants, and managing the project budget.
  • Instructional Design - Work with faculty leads to implement their research projects in special research sections of the gateway introductory laboratory courses in chemistry (CHEM 125/6) and Biology (BIO 173). Provide consultation and assistance with the technical and programmatic development of the research sections.
  • Mentor - Serve as a mentor to participating UM graduate student instructors and undergraduate laboratory assistants working in the research sections of the introductory gateway courses.

Required Qualifications*

Ph.D. in Biology or Chemistry with experience in science education and assessment.  Experience in curriculum development, instructional design and/or research a plus.  Strong organizational, problem-solving, computer skills needed with a proficiency in Microsoft programs.

Desired Qualifications*

The successful applicant will be highly motivated, ambitious individual with good interpersonal and communication skills.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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Background Screening

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Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven 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.