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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 Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) seeks a skilled and highly self-motivated individual to support multiple faculty investigators focused on research projects related to 1) designing, implementing, and evaluating educational interventions to optimize patient-provider communication and chronic kidney disease care, and 2) other projects as assigned. 

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

Michigan Medicine values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to the development of a positive and inclusive environment.


  • Assist the project manager and principal investigator with study coordination, including tracking project aims and progress
  • Manage project meeting schedules for diverse research project teams and take detailed meeting minutes   
  • Assist with the development of working protocols; create data collection forms and tracking databases in Qualtrics, REDCap, and Excel
  • Assist with data collection and evaluation activities, including the recruitment and enrollment of research participants at health clinics, online, by mail, or phone
  • Track research participants and maintain accurate and detailed study records, ensuring compliance with study protocol
  • Assist with the development, pilot-testing, and administration of surveys in person, online, by mail, or phone
  • Prepare documents for human subjects approval, including informed consent forms, institutional review board applications, amendments and continuing reviews, as well as data use agreements, in a timely manner and in accordance with all regulations
  • Conduct data management tasks such as entering and cleaning data
  • Conduct review of medical records to abstract data elements and enter them into a database
  • Conduct qualitative coding and preliminary qualitative analysis of interviews 
  • Assist with quantitative survey data analysis and interpretation of results 
  • Coordinate the payment of research participants
  • Draft, proofread, and edit documents, including manuscript sections, presentations, and reports
  • Conduct literature searches and summarize the medical literature on specfic topics, as relevant to existing grants and the development of new ones

The ideal candidate will show personal initiative in managing work assignments by organizing, independently prioritizing work, and completing tasks while meeting deadlines. The ability to work independently as well as part of a team and regularly exercise judgment in the application research protocols is a must. This position requires excellent interpersonal skills; a person who is approachable and compassionate and has the ability to think on one’s feet in sensitive or difficult situations. We are seeking a candidate who fully understands the issues of confidentiality and privacy in the conduct of research. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail are required.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a field of social science (e.g. anthropology, psychology, sociology, social work, public health) or the field of engineering/project management
  • 1-3 years of human subjects research experience
  • Previous experience or training in social science data collection methods and survey research
  • Demonstrated previous experience and proficiency in subject recruitment and interviewing
  • Previous experience and proficiency using formulas and functions in programs like Excel and REDCap to create databases
  • Previous experience and proficiency in collecting, managing, and assisting with the analysis of quantitative and qualitative research data

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master's Degree in a field of social science (e.g. anthropology, psychology, sociology, social, public health) or the field of engineering/project management
  • Previous experience or training in quality systems improvement initiatives
  • Experience and proficiency using qualitative and quantitative data analysis software programs (i.e. NVivo, MAXQDA, Dedoose, SPSS, or Stata)
  • Experience and proficiency with survey development software such as Qualtrics 
  • Experience working with individuals in emotionally difficult situations (such as dealing with serious illness or diagnosis of a new chronic illness)
  • Previous financial management experience with sponsored (e.g. grant funded) awards
  • Previous experience developing, preparing, and submitting grant proposals for the consideration of state and federal agencies and private foundations, including developing grant budget proposals

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.

Mission Statement

The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) seeks a Research Area Specialist Associate to join the team. The mission of CBSSM is to be the premier intellectual gathering place of clinicians, social scientists, bioethicists, and all others interested in improving individual and societal health through scholarship and service. Visit our website at for more information about our Center.

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.