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Job Summary

This is a term limited position with an end date of June 30, 2020 with the possibility of renewal.

Note: A cover letter and resume/CV are required for consideration for this position; include the cover letter as the first page of your resume. It should specifically address your interest in this position and outline particular skills and experience directly related to this position. 

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Michigan addresses the growing number of developmental and behavioral conditions that affect youth today.  Clinically, our faculty work individually and in interdisciplinary teams to evaluate children with developmental and behavioral conditions, coordinate care and provide initial medication management. Through federally-funded research projects, our faculty investigate factors that promote children’s well-being, healthy growth and optimal developmental trajectories and in turn, interventions to improve outcomes. DBP faculty are involved with education from the university level to colleagues nationally. 

The Radesky Lab’s research focuses on the intersection between mobile technology, parenting, parent-child interaction, and child development of processes such as executive functioning, self-regulation, and social-emotional well-being.  Our projects use a combination of methods including surveys, videotaped parent-child interaction tasks, time diaries, and mobile device app logging to examine how parents and young children use mobile technologies throughout their day.


This Research Associate will conduct standardized research protocols with diverse cohorts of parents and their children (ages 24 months to 5 years old) regarding parenting, childhood behavior, parent-child relationships, and mobile device and technology use among families. These protocols are conducted online through email, online databases, and app-tracking software, as well as in-person protocols conducted at the University of Michigan, and in-home data collection through audiorecording software. If data collection requires travel, transportation will be reimbursed/provided. The data collection procedures may include some combination of:  interacting and communicating directly and through email with parents, interacting directly with young children to elicit responses to specific behavioral tasks while being videotaped, assisting participants with the installation of the study app on their personal devices or using LENA audiorecording software in their homes, administering surveys to participants, obtaining informed consent from participants, maintaining study protocols and data in a manner fully consistent with IRB standards and research ethics, and "trouble shooting" research protocols independently when difficulties arise. The position may also include working with the project manager to recruit and enroll families, scheduling research visits with participants, and assisting with managing participant compensation procedures as needed.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Public Health, Pre-Medicine, or related field is required.
  • This position requires exceptional attention to detail, outstanding organizational skills, and the ability to communicate clearly and build rapport with study participants.

Desired Qualifications*

  • One (1) to two (2) years of experience conducting research related to parenting, technology/media use, or childhood development is desired.
  • Experience with technology, including audio-recording software (e.g., LENA) or programming skills (e.g., Python, Atom, R) for managing mobile device-derived data is a plus.
  • This position requires exceptional attention to detail, outstanding organizational skills, and the ability to communicate clearly and build rapport with study participants.

Work Schedule

Hours/Week:  40 Hours/Week

Shift/Hours/Days: M-F, but may include some evenings and weekends (not to exceed 40 hours/week)


Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting 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.