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Job Summary

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is currently seeking a Research Area Specialist Associate. This position will be located at the department offices on Eisenhower Parkway in Ann Arbor. The employee will work under the supervision of faculty principal investigator and co-investigators. 


Assist in managing the day to day operations of a clinical research study involving persons with spinal cord injury. The research associate will take a lead role in recruiting and screening eligible participants using established research registries, medical record review and community outreach. Perform informed consenting with participants, conduct qualitative and quantitative data collection activities (e.g., interviews, focus group, administer measures), manage study data using electronic resources (e.g., REDCap), and develop and implement data quality control measures. Ensure that all interaction with research participants and record keeping are in strict compliance with IRB regulations; manage IRB applications, amendments and continuing reviews, as directed by investigators. Other responsibilities include administration of the project and facilitating clear communication between and among the funding agency, IRBs, research sites, and investigators. Work with other study staff in the development of outreach and dissemination materials, including writing lay publications.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's Degree in a social science related field (e.g. anthropology, psychology, sociology, others). 1-3 years of related work experience. Proven skills in qualitative data collection. Prior experience working and interacting with research participants in a clinical or clinical research setting. Ability to work and communicate with study subjects who have physical disabilities. Comfort with talking about sensitive health issues with study participants. Software proficiency (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Highly motivated, organized and independent person with excellent multi-tasking ability and record-keeping skills. Excellent writing skills.

Desired Qualifications*

Prior work experience in qualitative research studies, including data analysis. Master’s Degree in social science related field. Prior experience with NVivo or Atlas.ti qualitative data analysis software. Prior experience working with people with disabilities in clinical, research or community settings. Experience with quantitative and qualitative research design. Experience with eResearch and REDCap.

Work Schedule

M-F 32 hrs/week

Work Locations

325 E. Eisenhower/Burlington Bldg.

Additional Information

The project will end September 30, 2020 and the position is a fixed term appt. From date of hire through the end of the project, the position is 32 hours a week, Monday through Friday. 

This is a term-limited appointment.  At the end of the stated term, the appointment will terminate and will not be eligible for Reduction in Force (RIF) benefits.  

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

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.