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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 Learning Health Sciences (DLHS) at the University of Michigan Medical School is a first-of-its-kind basic science department focused on the learning sciences within health at all levels of scale: individuals, teams, organizations, and large-scale systems that span states and nations. For more information about the department, see Within DLHS, the recently established DISPLAY Lab (Design, Implementation, Systems, Performance, Learning And whY) ( is developing adaptive systems that automate processes for message design and data visualization to improve the impact of communication with healthcare professionals and patients.

DISPLAY Lab is seeking a research assistant to support the development of an ontology-based message tailoring system for clinical performance feedback. The message tailoring system uses psychological models of individuals, teams, and contexts to estimate the effects of messages in terms cognitive processing, capability, and motivation of message recipients. The system will function as a service that enables tailored messaging for clinical training, quality improvement and the implementation of evidence-based practice across diverse.


  • Develop semantic models of behavior change interventions in an ontology

  • Assist in the development of definitions for terms within an ontology

  • Annotate/tag user stories, performance displays, and performance report templates

  • Curate and develop metadata from an ontology of behavior change intervention

Required Qualifications*

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

  • Ability to work with markup and data serialization languages such as XML, JSON, and YAML

  • Proven ability to work independently and to meet deadlines

Desired Qualifications*

  • Familiarity with software development methods

  • Experience with semantic technology, RDF, and ontology development

  • Research study experience

  • Familiarity with cognitive or behavioral psychological theory

  • Computer science or software engineering experience

  • Interest in philosophy

Work Schedule

Flexible; 15-20 hours per week

Work Locations

1161 North Ingalls Building

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.

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.