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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 Patient Safety Enhancement Program (PSEP) is a very collegial environment comprising over 20 MD and PhD research scientists who work to improve patient safety and quality of care.  We are looking for a skilled individual to become a full-time Research Associate Specialist for a team of busy physician-scientist principal investigators in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of General Medicine.  The PSEP team performs health services/health policy research and clinical epidemiology on the risk factors and prevention of healthcare-associated complications such as catheter-associated urinary tract infection and central line-associated bloodstream infection.  This position is located at the North Campus Research Complex campus.  This is a full-time position (40 hours per week). This job will be a great position for a person who desires a career in clinical research.  This position involves a combination of field work (such as observations and interviews) performed in the hospital setting and other research project tasks (such as data entry, and literature reviews).


The Research Associate will support the PSEP team in conducting research projects.


  • Recruit participants for interviews and focus groups in person, by telephone and through email
  • Coordinate and participate in collecting primary data through observation, interviews and focus groups and the distribution and collection of surveys
  • Track study participants and maintain accurate and detailed study records
  • Create documents for accurate tracking, collection, and recording of data collected in observations, interviews, and focus groups
  • Perform simple data management such as entering data, checking for data entry problems, and cleaning data
  • Perform literature reviews and summaries of the medical literature on specific topics to inform manuscript and grant development  
  • Assistance with manuscript preparation and submission
  • Attend and help coordinate research project meetings
  • Grant development and preparation work, primarily including collecting letters of support and biosketches
  • Create concise PowerPoint slides based on medical literature
  • Website content and use of social media to promote PSEP
  • Update relevant websites


Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years related experience
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Superb interpersonal skills – comfortable speaking with healthcare providers and patients
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally in both verbal and written form
  • Strong work ethic
  • Proficiency in the PC environment and with programs including MS Word and Excel.  Willingness to learn Macintosh environment for specific programs.  
  • Ability to prioritize tasks for meeting project needs
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with multiple team members (principal investigator, project manager, co-investigators on projects, other research assistants)
  • Required to pass and maintain standard certification for researchers at the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor VA Medical Center, such as online PEERRS training (

Desired Qualifications*

  • 1-2 years of experience in clinical or clinical research setting, ideally within the University of Michigan or the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. 
  • Co-authorship of peer-reviewed papers.  Ability to write about and summarize scientific concepts for both scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Experience in regulatory aspects of medical research and policy/procedures in the conduct of clinical trials both at an institutional and federal level
  • Experience in social media and updating/maintaining website

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. 

Additional Information

*Please note, this is a term-limited position for one year, with the possibility of extension based the availability of funds and need.

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.

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.