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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

To assist with research activities of Drs. Courtney Polenick and Amanda Leggett within the Program for Positive Aging in the Department of Psychiatry related to National Institute on Aging funded research projects.  Key projects will focus on family caregivers of an individual with dementia or functional disability, middle-aged and older couples managing chronic conditions, and biopsychosocial factors related to health and well-being in later life. 


With guidance from faculty and research personnel, the research technician associate will handle organizational and administrative details of assigned projects, including but not limited to the recruitment, screening, and scheduling of potential research subjects and conducting interviews. The associate will also coordinate and attend study visits and follow-up of study participants with some oversight of day-to-day operation of project; collect data and enter into appropriate systems for future analysis; assist in preparation of IRB applications, progress reports and other summary materials; and perform literature searches and copy articles. Additional responsibilities include completing and ordering materials, tracking research related supplies, preparing mailings, detailed record-keeping, data entry and verification, filing, processing of biological materials, and other duties as assigned. The potential exists to assist in the preparation of research papers and manuscripts for publication and presentations at conferences and workshops. The associate will work collaboratively and also independently with other team members to fulfill the goals of the projects.

Required Qualifications*

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent education and experience.

The successful candidate should also have excellent organizational skills with keen attention to detail, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) and willingness to learn and develop additional computer skills related to data management and preparation of data for analysis (SPSS, REDCap) are required.

Desired Qualifications*

Academic knowledge of a health science discipline, such as public health, psychology, social work or related behavioral sciences is highly desired. Previous clinical or research experience with geriatric populations and/or in a human science field is desired, but not required.

Work Schedule

This is a full time position; 40 hours/week Monday through Friday, core hours are 9 AM – 5 PM, but could potentially change based on the operational needs and required meetings. 

Work Locations

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

Additional Information

This will be a 1 year, term-limited appointment with the possibility of extension. The research technician associate will need a current driver’s license and will preferably have a car as driving will be involved in recruitment, screening, and conducting interviews (mileage will be reimbursed).  

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.