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Job Summary

The Medical School Office of Research is looking for a bright, passionate and dedicated individual to join our Data Office for Clinical and Translational Research (DOCTR) team.


The primary goal of the Medical School Office of Research is pursuing innovative science to improve the lives of patients and their families. The various teams within the Office of Research, such as DOCTR, strive to: 1) create and maintain strategic resources to enhance investigators' competitiveness; 2) streamline research processes to increase research team satisfaction; and 3) build a coordinated, data-driven infrastructure to support high-quality research.


The newly created Data Protections Coordinator position will be responsible for investigative, monitoring, and coordination aspects of DOCTR data services, including: data use and sharing processes, provisioning access to data tools for research, and staffing the newly formed Human Data and Biospecimen Release Committee.  


This role will have an understanding of data needed for research data protection best practices, and Michigan Medicine policies.  A successful candidate will help develop creative solutions to data collection, storage, and sharing activities.  The candidate must be capable of quickly gaining an understanding of architecture and environments supported from a business process perspective. This position is funded as a full time position and will report to the Director of DOCTR.


  • Primary staffing for the Human Data and Biospecimen Release Committee

  • Serving as primary point of contact for questions related to appropriate use of data for research data, including use, storage, and sharing externally.

  • Oversight for all monitoring activities, including data need across the enterprise, current use, and dissemination of audit reports

  • Serving as liaison and resource between researchers, IT staff, and senior leadership

  • Developing on-going continuing education programs, i.e. case studies, online modules, templates.

  • Reviewing, managing, and addressing concerns related to data protection best practices

  • Participating in inter-departmental activities, such as meeting, conferences, conference calls

  • Preparing training material and guidelines to educate research community

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree plus 10 years of experience in related field

  • Candidate must be committed to data security and the protection of sensitive information with demonstrated knowledge of applicable data use and sharing safeguards

  • Proficiency in coordinating a committee of experts to arrive at recommendations and decisions

  • Demonstrated ability to set and implement priorities, organize and delegate effectively and efficiently

  • Direct experience with protected health information and research

  • Experience in use of electronic health record for quality improvement, research, or analytics

  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office, including MS Access and Excel

  • Experience with gathering, elucidating and validating data and information requirements

  • Candidate must have excellent communication skills. Excellent written, oral and presentation skills are necessary.

  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities with competing data needs

  • Enthusiasm and self-initiative for making a difference in the lives of patients

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree preferred

  • Additional training in HIPAA protections, informatics, information systems, or similar disciplines

  • Clinical research experience

  • Clinical Quality Improvement experience

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.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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