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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

We are looking for a personable, self-motivated and organized Research Assistant to help with recruitment, intervention, and follow-up activities for two clinical trials addressing violence perpetration and risky drinking among youth and young adults. Key job responsibilities include approaching and collecting data from patients in healthcare settings, conducting therapeutic interventions with study participants using social media, data entry and coding, and contacting study participants. 


Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Recruit study participants from local primary care clinics following IRB-approved procedures and study protocols.
  • Conduct Motivational Interviewing therapy online with study participants.
  • Code qualitative and quantitative data collected from study participants. 
  • Distribute study assessments using Qualtrics.
  • Request, distribute and document transactions of subject incentive payments in accordance with university guidelines.
  • Access database updates and data entry.
  • Complete participant tracking paperwork accurately and in the required time frame.
  • Locate and contact enrolled subjects for follow-up survey reminders. 
  • Document participant risk assessments. 

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree, preferably in psychology, public health, social work, sociology, or a related health field. This position requires flexibility and availability to work a varying schedule with some mornings, afternoons, late evenings, and approximately two weekend shifts per month. Reliable transportation will be necessary for regular travel to study recruitment sites. We are looking for someone who: is personable, empathetic and able to communicate effectively; has excellent organizational skills and can prioritize competing tasks to meet deadlines; and is able to work independently for extended periods of time while also being a team player and maintaining effective communication with the study coordinators and principal investigator. Must be comfortable working in community health clinics, interacting with diverse populations, and discussing topics of violence, substance use, mental health, and HIV risk behaviors with study participants. Candidate must be very familiar with social media (i.e., Facebook). Strict adherence to study confidentiality requirements is also mandatory

Desired Qualifications*

Previous health services research experience, clinic/hospital work or volunteer experience, and knowledge of the research process is preferred. Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team and using Qualtrics, MS Excel, and Access is also preferable.  

Work Schedule

Will vary, some weekdays (between the hours of 9:00am – 7:00pm) with regular late evening/nights and weekends required. 

Work Locations

North Campus Research Complex with regular travel to study recruitment sites in Ypsilanti, MI. 

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.

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

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.


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U-M EEO/AA Statement

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