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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 University of Michigan, School of Nursing (UMSN), Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership is seeking up to three (3) Research Associates (RAs) who will assist the Principal Investigator (PI) in the implementation of research project goals. The project focuses on describing in detail how communication technologies facilitate or hinder chemotherapy administration safety with the ultimate goal of identifying the optimal ways to support effective communication. The RAs will be trained in observing clinical staff, and then sent to an outpatient chemotherapy infusion unit at eight (8) separate clinics to observe communication patterns there, as well as conduct short patient interviews. Afterwards, RAs will be asked to process and clarify the observation data they have collected.


Conduct observation, shadowing, and patient interviews in a sample of 8 clinics; Coordinate the processing and analysis of qualitative data; Organize data for the preparation of proposals for new funding of companion studies; participate in the preparation of articles for publication in scholarly per-reviewed journals; conduct secondary analysis research on comparative literature and proofread manuscripts prepared by the research team.

Required Qualifications*

Education and Experience: Upper level degree (completed or in-progress) in Nursing, Medicine, Public Health or other related field is required. One (1) or more year of experience in the healthcare field is required.


Candidates must have:

  • Flexibility to be able to travel for one-week periods; RAs will stay at a hotel near the site location. The timing of these eight period will be determined by the research team's agreements with the sites to be observed.
  • Excellent communication skills, attention to detail, strong interpersonal skills, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to conduct shifts of 4-8 hours at a time, for several days in a row at possibly different times of the day.
  • Create and compile detailed notes of each shift afterwards
  • Ability to follow clinical staff in an unobtrusive manner, and give due respect to the setting and possible sensitive information.
  • Ability to serve diverse populations
  • A high degree of initiative and resourcefulness.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work independently with minimal supervision with diverse teams of people in a diplomatic, collaborative, and effective manner.
  • Excellent computer skills, including expert knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel (4 years of more experience), Access, and PowerPoint.

Preferred Qualification: Proficiency with NVivo coding software and Mendeley citation software (one of more years of experience). One or more years of qualitative research.

Additional Information

Hours: Must be able to work 40 hours for wach of the eight one-week site periods.

Hourly rate: $20 -$24 per hour depending on experience.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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.