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Job Summary

The laboratory of Dr. Laura Zahodne in the Department of Psychology seeks to hire a full-time Research Technician Associate. The lab uses the methods of clinical neuropsychology, neuroimaging, and epidemiology to examine psychosocial influences on cognitive and brain aging in diverse older adults. Primary research questions include: How can psychosocial experiences buffer against the cognitive impact of brain pathology in older adults? What psychological and social mechanisms underlie racial/ethnic disparities in Alzheimer’s disease?

This would be an excellent position for a recent graduate seeking to gain additional research experience prior to graduate school. There will be training in multiple methods, including neuropsychological testing, clinical interviewing, magnetic resonance imaging, phlebotomy, and secondary data analysis. Opportunities for co-authorship on presentations and publications are available for highly motivated candidates. The successful candidate will be reliable, conscientious, organized, and able to work with minimal supervision. (S)he will also possess excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, show rapid learning, and demonstrate cultural competence and the desire to work with racially, ethnically, socioeconomically diverse older adults with and without cognitive impairment in the community.


The Research Technician Associate will play an integral role in the establishment and functioning of the lab by fulfilling research, management, and supervisory responsibilities.

  • Lab management tasks
    • Ordering supplies
    • Running and maintaining equipment
    • Organizing materials and resources
    • Overseeing the website
    • Acting as a liaison between Dr. Zahodne and relevant personnel for timely communication
  • Primary research tasks
    • Recruiting participants
    • Running participants through neuropsychological and/or biomarker protocols on the University of Michigan campus, Detroit Center, and/or participants’ homes
    • Collecting, entering, processing, managing, and analyzing behavioral and MRI data
  • Research administration tasks
    • Writing and maintaining Institutional Review Board protocols
    • Managing participant incentives
    • Refining data collection procedures and materials
    • Creating project manuals and code books
  • Supervisory tasks
    • Training Assistants in Research (temporary positions)
    • Overseeing and supporting Assistants in Research assignments (e.g., data collection, coding, and entry)

Required Qualifications*

  • High school diploma or Associate's degree
  • At least 1 year of research experience
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, writing, and computing skills
  • Cultural competence and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with SPSS or similar software
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Attentive to details and able to manage simultaneous projects

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, neuroscience, or a related field
  • Experiencing working with older adults
  • Experience working with cognitively impaired individuals
  • Experience in community-based research
  • Experience with or an eagerness to learn MRI methods, programming, and phlebotomy
  • Research interests in the cognitive aging and/or dementia disparities

Additional Information

One year term-limited position with excellent possibility of extension

Start date is negotiable

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Mission Statement

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  • 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.