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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 CBSSM Research Associate will support faculty investigators in grant funded research projects related to evaluating the Healthy Michigan Plan’s (Medicaid expansion) impact on beneficiaries, as well as work on community-based research projects that aim to develop and evaluate a software tool to engage minority and underserved communities in setting priorities for community health.

*Please note this is a term-limited position for one year, with the possibility of extension based on the availability of funds and need.


  • Assist the project manager and PI with study coordination, including tracking project aims and progress
  • Manage project meeting schedule and take detailed meeting minutes
  • Assist with data collection and evaluation activities, including recruitment and retention of study participants
  • Assist with development, pilot-testing, and launch of telephone, mail and web-based surveys
  • Assist in conducting interviews and focus groups, which may involve travel throughout the state of Michigan
  • Assist with outreach to communities, partnering organizations, and stakeholders
  • Communicate with community partners about project plans and dissemination of results
  • Manage the human subjects (IRB) process by preparing and submitting applications, amendments, and continuations in a timely manner in accordance with all regulations
  • Maintain accurate and detailed study records, ensuring compliance with study protocol
  • Responsible for data management tasks such as entering and cleaning data
  • Conduct qualitative coding and preliminary qualitative analysis of interviews and group deliberations
  • Assist with survey and claims data analysis and interpretation of results
  • Conduct literature searches and maintain a reference library
  • Draft, proofread, and edit documents, including manuscripts sections, presentations, and report

The ideal candidate will show personal initiative in managing work assignments by organizing, independently prioritizing work, and completing tasks while meeting deadlines. The ability to work independently as well as part of a team and regularly exercise judgment in the application study protocols is a must. This position requires excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to manage communication and maintain positive and productive relationships with the research team, steering committees, and community members. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail are required.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a field of social science (e.g. psychology, sociology, social work, public health) or an equivalent combination of education and directly relevant experience
  • 1-3 years of experience working on community-based research projects
  • Previous experience or training in social science data collection methods and survey research
  • Experience working with diverse/multicultural communities
  • Previous experience managing research data
  • Demonstrated experience conducting interviews or focus groups, as well as qualititative coding
  • Ability to write about and summarize scientific concepts for both scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Flexibility in scheduling, as some evening or weekend hours may be required

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s Degree in a field of social science (e.g. psychology, sociology, public health, social work)
  • Experience or training in community-based participatory research design and practice
  • Knowledge of the organization and delivery of health care in the public sector, specifically the government insurance program, Medicaid
  • Experience conducting preliminary qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Experience using qualitative data analysis software such as NVivo or Dedoose
  • Experience with survey development software such as Qualtrics or Survey Monkey
  • Experience with a statistical software package such as SPSS or SAS

Mission Statement

The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) seeks a Research Area Specialist Associate to join the team. The mission of CBSSM is to be the premier intellectual gathering place of clinicians, social scientists, bioethicists, and all others interested in improving individual and societal health through scholarship and service. Visit our website at for more information about our Center.

Michigan Medicine values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to the development of a positive and inclusive environment.

Application Deadline

Although the posting end date may indicate otherwise, this job may be filled and closed at any time after a posting duration of seven calendar days.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.