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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 Improving Nutritional Choices in Adolescents program will deliver individually and culturally tailored messaging to African American adolescents encouraging them to make healthy food choices via a smartphone app. Under general direction of faculty and the project coordinator, the Research Area Specialist Associate will engage in recruitment and enrollment of participants. S/he will assist with the operations of communications platforms used in the project, review the backend data on the mobile application dashboard, interact with study participants on the application and assist with linking pictures with menu data to calculate caloric intake. In addition, s/he will engage in data entry, and other general assistance to support the project goals.


  • Engage, recruit and enroll study participants
  • Assist with focus groups
  • Transcribe content from focus groups
  • Assist with message development and tailoring
  • Collect and review data
  • Data entry
  • Other duties as assigned by Principal Investigator or project coordinator in line with project goals

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences
  • Prior research experience in health behavior change in diverse populations
  • Extensive experience working in the African American community
  • Demonstrated familiarity and comfort working with African American teens
  • Technical aptitude and comfort with new and emerging technologies
  • Travel to Flint, Detroit, and Benton Harbor to conduct focus groups
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Office products
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
  • Excellent attendance, ability to multi-task, prioritize appropriately, manage deadlines without undue stress and exercise good judgment

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in health behavior or health communication
  • Prior experience in mobile interventions

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday days and some evenings (not to exceed 20 hours/week)

Work Locations

North Ingalls Building, Ann Arbor, MI and some focus group travel. Travel expenses will be covered by the University.

Background Screening

University of Michigan Health System 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 any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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