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A cover letter and resume are required for consideration of this position. A cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, outlining the skills and experiences that are directly relevant to the position. References may be requested.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Stroke Program is committed to health equity. We are currently seeking a full-time Research Area Specialist Associate to work as part of the project management team. The Research Area Specialist will support a busy physician-scientist in conducting research projects and grant preparation. Currently, the team is conducting a large National Institutes of Health funded community based participatory research project to increase acute stroke treatment rates in Flint, MI. This project involves partnering with hospitals and community organizations. This position is located in the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center and will involve travel to Flint. The hours are 40 hours per week and may involve some nights and weekends. If you’re passionate about closing the health equity gap, consider joining our team of neurologists, health behavior specialists, and community partners in this exciting new role.

This position will allow the chosen candidate to develop experience with all aspects of community based participatory research and implementation science. In particular, the position will enable the candidate to gain skills in performing qualitative data analysis, implementing a large community based intervention and regulatory and administrative tasks associated with a large grant.

This position is term limited to 3-years with potential for an extension contingent on funding.


  • Help develop, design and conduct research projects according to plan.
  • Collect primary data (e.g., administer questionnaires, conduct interviews, perform survey research)
  • Conduct preliminary data analysis (e.g., code and analyze interview and quantitative data)
  • Schedule and attend community advisory board meetings
  • Liaison with community and hospital partners
  • Assist in training of peer educators
  • Conduct fidelity assessments of workshops
  • Prepare documents for data use agreements and Institutional Review Board applications
  • Prepare grant applications (e.g., copy editing, proofreading, and creation of tables/figures and references)
  • Assist with manuscripts, posters, and PowerPoint slide preparation for talks
  • Schedule and attend research team meetings
  • Additional responsibilities assigned depending on needs of the projects and skills and interest of the chosen candidate.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree and 1-3 years experience
  • Proficiency in the PC environment and with programs including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written form
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize tasks for meeting project deadlines
  • Superb interpersonal skills
  • Ability to write about and summarize scientific concepts for both scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with multiple team members

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master's degree in Public Health (MPH, MS, or equivalent) or a Master's degree in a related field (e.g. Social Sciences, Communication)
  • A strong commitment to health equity and expertise in health behavior theory is desired.

Background Screening

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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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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