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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

This posting is for a full-time research assistant who will work on a groundbreaking large-scale national collaborative research project called the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study ( The ABCD study will be following 10,000 children, aged 9 and 10 at outset, over 10 years. This is the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States. The research assistant will work with the principal investigators and other members of the research team at the University of Michigan. As the project develops, this position has potential to evolve into one with considerably more responsibility and scope.


Responsibilities include assisting with the recruitment, screening, and scheduling of new participants as needed, but primarily the conduct of baseline and follow-up in-person and telephone interviews with participants and collateral informants. The research assistant will undergo training on administration of the test battery and be required to meet and maintain training criteria used by all teams around the US who are part of this study. This includes administration of neuropsychological tests, clinical assessments, substance use batteries and functional and structural neuroimaging.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor Degree in Psychology or related field, or equivalent education and experience.  A minimum of a high school diplome is required. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are critical.
  • The candidate should be comfortable discussing sensitive behaviors such as substance use with participants and their families.
  • Schedule must be flexible to allow for work on school days-off, evenings and weekends.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Candidates with certification in phlebotomy, venipuncture, or other equivalent training will be given primary consideration.
  • Experience administering diagnostic interviews and other test batteries and experience working with children strongly preferred.
  • At least a two year commitment preferred.

Work Schedule

Variable; will include hours during evenings and over weekends. No more than 40 hours per week.

Work Locations

Rachel Upjohn Building, 4250 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, 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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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