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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 Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation supports health services research for researchers across the University of Michigan campus.  Its mission is to enhance the health and well-being of local, national, and global populations through innovative, interdisciplinary health services research that effectively informs public and private efforts to optimize the quality, safety, equity, and affordability of healthcare services.

IHPI’s Data & Methods Hub was created to provide a number of unique support services to help build a vigorous and supportive community for IHPI researchers to foster greater professional development, enhance synergies, and continually advance the overall quality of research amongst IHPI members. These support services focus on improved access to and handling of unique datasets, as well as increased access to thought leaders on research methodology and dissemination of new methodological approaches.

IHPI’s Data & Methods Hub is seeking a full-time Research Area Specialist Intermediate to assist with the management of research data use agreements, licenses and related activities. The Research Area Specialist will support and report to the Senior Data Architect and the Program Manager. This position is located at the NCRC campus. The hours are 40 hours per week. This job is a great position for a person who desires a career in clinical research or health policy. 


  • Maintain inventory of data use agreements, licenses, and data resources within the division including type of data, areas covered by the data and years of data, formats, limitations of use (i.e., data use agreements and terms of use) and maintenance of the inventory to keep current
  • Filing and maintenance of use agreements for renewals, notifications of changes, certifications and destruction of data as required
  • Documentation of users as required through the use agreements
  • Assist in the development of data management plans pertaining to data security and protection of the data (with Health Information Technology & Services (HITS), executive management, compliance and others)
  • Facilitate sharing and distribution of data resources (according to DUA limitations and use agreement limitations) including development of efficient means of sharing data without duplication of data
  • Work with units/centers to identify the data resources needed and means for either reuse of data already in the center or facilitating purchase of new data (including sharing costs for multiple users)
  • Assist with formulating research questions that match the capabilities of the data
  • Track research project progress and assist with project plans
  • Consult with users to refine methodological approach used in studies
  • Provide input on grant submissions including budget and methods feedback
  • Position may involve co-authorship where applicable
  • Identify new data resources and research to determine the usefulness/need of the resource
  • Data management responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Work with HITS and other campus IT providers to request secure file storage and access systems such that users have access to the data needed.
  • Assist in data management activities such as recording the initial receipt of data files and loading of data including outputting data into user formatted data (SAS, STATA, etc.); standardization of multiple years of data sets and maintenance of data documentation and data dictionaries/code books.

Required Qualifications*

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health or related field (e.g. Social Sciences, Biostatistics)

  • 4-5 years of of experience 

  • Willingness to learn a statistical software program (Stata or SAS preferred)

  • Proficiency in the PC environment and with programs including MS Word, Excel, Access 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

  • Strong work ethic

  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively

Desired Qualifications*

  • Familiarity with the content, management, and processing of large administrative datasets from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and major private payer datasets (i.e. Truven Marketscan, OptumInsight)

  • Familiarity with the content and processing of large sampled datasets from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), including the National Inpatient Sample (NIS), National Readmission Database (NRD), etc.

  • Experience with eRPM or eResearch tracking systems

  • Experience with SQL or other data management tools/languages

  • Thorough understanding of SAS statistical software which will be used for data management purposes

  • 1-2 years of experience in the health services research area

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.

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.