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Job Summary

The Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology, is currently seeking a Research Area Specialist Associate to join its analytical/project team. This position will be located in the School of Public Health, at the Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (KECC), a multidisciplinary collaborative research center. UM-KECC is the coordinating center for the United States Renal Data System (USRDS), a 5-year NIH/NIDDK contract focused on all areas of kidney disease surveillance, data tracking, and research. The position will primarily be supervised by the principal investigator and the lead project manager on specific projects. The Research Area Specialist will be responsible for maintaining and assisting in the development of one or more small or moderately complex research projects according to plan, review its progress, evaluate results and assist with reports for large populations with Chronic Kidney Disease and End-Stage Renal Disease. 


Management of a project or subproject, monitoring data requests and responses to ensure they are met on the appropriate timelines, responsible for ensuring deliverables are completed in accordance with the contract specifications as they relate to external and government data requests - such as Data Use Agreement (DUA) management and tracking, sending/providing data files to external researchers, and responding to questions and inquiries from researchers, serve as a contact for the project, coordinating with various other NIDDK/NIH/CMS contractors to ensure satisfactory completion of deliverables and integration into other tracking systems. Includes maintenance and monitoring of USRDS Helpdesk website and inquiries, email communications, and USRSD contact/help phone line.

Schedule and lead internal and and some external meetings, when needed. Organize Annual Data Report Chapter meetings, ensuring that meeting time is used effectively to address outstanding issues, coordinate responses to comments/questions raised during chapter production process, assisting in drafting reports. Be the main point of contact and lead for each team and work closely with the project senior manager for updates and important communications throughout the project life cycle.

Communicate (via phone and email) information with members of the public. Create meeting materials, maintain agenda and meeting minute documents. Respond to inquiries and complaints regarding matters of a sensitive and confidential nature.

Assist with ad-hoc tasks on the project, create presentations when needed, help maintain annual USRDS Exhibitor booth at the Annual American Society of Nephrology conference (will include out-of-state travel to meeting) - assisting researchers/industry in-person with data requests, questions regarding new ADR, and answering data/standard analysis file questions.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • 1-3 years research experience, preferably with datasets, manuscript production, data use agreements.
  • Possess adequate knowledge to effectively use meeting tools such as WebEx, Skype for Business, Blue Jeans, conference calling, etc.  
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills, both oral and written. 
  • Demonstrated strong organization skills, attention to detail and accuracy.  
  • Ability to see a project/task through from start to finish independently or with minimal guidance.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.  The ability to work as part of a team or individually while meeting deadlines in a multitasking environment.  
  • Strong computing skills in the Windows environment, particularly with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Data management experience with large databases.
  • Experience with SAS or understanding of datasets, processing, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and use new computer programs quickly and effectively.
  • Prior research experience.

Background Screening

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Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

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.