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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 University of Michigan, School of Nursing (UMSN), Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences seeks a Research Assistant who will assist the Principal Investigator (PI) in the implementation of a study intervention working directly with study participants.


Implementing exercise interventions for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), deliver exercise and health education to small groups of research subjects with COPD, participate in coaching phone calls, measure performance outcomes and administer questionnaires. Participation in the recruitment, screening, scheduling and follow-up of research subjects.  Managing, tracking and recording data from physical activity monitors, physical performance tests and survey questionnaires.  Assisting with regulatory procedures such as protocol review and institutional review board submissions

Required Qualifications*

Education and Experience:  A bachelor's degree in a kinesiology or related field is required; a master’s degree in a related field preferred.  Over one (1) year of relevant work experience in research and with study participants is preferred.  Candidate must have superior communication skills, attention to detail, strong interpersonal skills, and organizational skills. Excellent computer skills, including expert knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) and Endnote.

Attributes: SPSS knowledge/experience preferred.  Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work independently with minimal supervision with diverse teams of people in a diplomatic, collaborative and effective manner. Demonstrated time management and relationship-building skills.  Ability to serve diverse populations.  A high degree of initiative and resourcefulness.

Additional Information

Hourly rate: $18.50

Hours per week: 40 hours

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.

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.