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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 Food and Addiction Science and Treatment (FAST) Lab explores addictive-like eating behaviors through a multi-method approach including neuroimaging, ecological momentary assessment, and behavioral assessments. Within this framework, the FAST Lab examines patterns of problematic eating behavior across the lifespan in order to determine how factors in the food environment (e.g. food commercials, food-related product placements) may lead potentially addictive foods to have widespread clinical and public health consequences. For more information about the lab, please visit


The Research Technician will be responsible for managing several research studies and overseeing day-to-day functions in the lab. To this end, the Research Technician will assist in:

  • Recruiting, screening, tracking, and testing child, adolescent, and adult participants
  • Scheduling assessments
  • Coordinating lab member efforts and projects
  • Preparing human subjects/IRB protocols
  • Creating web-based surveys
  • Training undergraduate Assistants in Research
  • General lab maintenance (e.g., ordering supplies, keeping records up-to-date)
  • Entering, cleaning, and coding data
  • Performing data analyses using statistical software

A very successful applicant may have the opportunity to help with manuscript preparation (e.g. literature searches and editing) and poster preparation (e.g., for scientific meetings).

Required Qualifications*

  • High school diploma or Associate's degree
  • 1-2 years of research experience (Intermediate); 1 year (Associate)
  • Great attention to detail
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing

Desired Qualifications*

  • BA or BS in psychology or a related field
  • Experience conducting psychological research
  • Experience working directly with adolescents and children
  • Management experience
  • Familiarity with programs such as Microsoft Office, SPSS, Google, Matlab, Qualtrics, and E-Prime

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Additional Information

This position is term-limited to 14 months and is expected to go from late May/early June 2018 through mid-August 2019 (with the possibility of extension based on funding).

Target annual salary range is $27,000-$35,000 and will be commensurate with experience.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • 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.