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Job Summary

The University of Michigan School of Public Health is seeking 6-8 Research Assistants to assist with data collection for school safety research project in Miami-Dade County Public Schools funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). This project is in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise Foundation.


Research Assistants will work with the University of Michigan team to collect data from students and teachers at over 30 middle schools in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. We will be collecting data for 1-2 weeks in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 at 30-40 hours a week with the possibility of renewal for next round of data collection in Fall 2019. Training will be provided.


  • Work in teams to travel to 2-3 schools per day throughout the Miami-Dade County Public School District

  • Work with classroom teachers to identify consented participants.

  • Review assent form and administer survey to students on tablets

  • Work with UM team to ensure data is uploaded daily to a secure drive

Required Qualifications*

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • One or more years of experience with public health or social science research

  • Ability to pass a background check to collect data in schools

  • Have reliable transportation (frequent travel to various sites)

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ability to work independently and in teams

  • Comfort with communicating to large groups of people  

  • Ability to take direction and follow through on project tasks

  • Comfort with troubleshooting basic technology issues

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to lift 20 lbs and transport data collection materials to and from each school

  • Experience or interest in public health research and data collection

  • Experience working with youth or in a school setting

Additional Information

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic staff member with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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