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A cover letter is required to be considered 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 experiences that directly relate to the position.

Job Summary

The BioSocial Methods Collaborative seeks a research assistant (Research Technician Associate) to support interdisciplinary research on biosocial methods.   The BioSocial Methods Collaborative is located in the Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD) at the Institute for Social Research (ISR).  Research in our lab innovates methods that connect social science (survey, self-report, implicit measures, etc.) with biology (biomarkers, physiology, etc.)  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of research.  In addition to supporting the day-to-day activities in the lab, among many opportunities made possible by this position, the successful applicant will collaborate with researchers at the ISR, the Medical School, and many other disciplines from across the University of Michigan.

Potential candidates who are interested in eventually entering a graduate program would gain experience conducting research (i.e. developing study ideas, study design, testing human subjects, and analyzing data) as well as completing the administrative tasks necessary for a collaborative laboratory experience.  The BioSocial Methods Collaborative provides mentoring focused on research excellence and a successful candidate will find increasing levels of responsibility over time. 


The selected candidate will be expected to perform a wide range of research related tasks including but not limited to recruitment, data collection, data management, and analysis.

Required Qualifications*

Previous experience working with Human Subjects, supervising students, and working on a research team.

Familiarity with programming in at least one of the following:

  • R
  • MatLab
  • Stata
  • SQL

Experience recording/analyzing any physiological data is a plus:

  • ECG
  • EEG
  • Eye tracking

Demonstrated interest in multiple disciplines, theories, practices and methods through coursework and/or experience and an interest in leveraging the knowledge from multiple disciplines based on a project’s needs.

The candidate must be detail oriented (particular preference for those who carefully check their coding) and able to follow (and critique) complex research protocols.  The candidate will be a self-starter who is willing and able to learn new programs, understands how to read and learn from academic journals and someone who has a positive attitude towards both exciting new possibilities and the mundanity involved in research. 

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with others in a collaborative environment.  Strong oral and written communication skills are required.  Strong organizational skills, with demonstrated ability to complete multiple tasks on-time.  Ability to work accurately, efficiently, and dependably with minimal supervision. 

Additional Information

A successful candidate is one who is willing to do whatever is necessary to support the research life-cycle, is tech savvy, interested in problem solving and enjoys working with an interdisciplinary team of people to accomplish the required work. 


This is a one-year, term limited position.  The possibility of an appointment extension after that date is possible assuming satisfactory performance and conduct, the availability of work, continued funding and by mutual consent.

The Institute for Social Research  at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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