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Job Summary

The Research Area Specialist Senior will be responsible for managing a community-based, multimillion dollar, federally-funded behavioral intervention randomized controlled trial. This position oversees full time research data collection staff.


Supervise full time data collection staff, research subject recruitment, and research subject payment. This position oversees the conduct of standardized research protocols with a diverse cohort of guardians and their children (ages three years to five years) regarding family mealtimes. These protocols may occur in the early morning, late afternoon, or evening. The data collection procedures include a combination of video recorded protocols, questionnaire administration, obtaining guardian and child height and weight measurements, and obtaining informed consent from research participants. The Research Area Specialist Senior will be responsible for overseeing full time data collection staff carrying out subject recruitment, screening, and enrollment in REDcap as well as data collection. Complete purchasing and ordering of lab supplies as needed for the study. Reconcile Purchasing Card transactions. Attend quarterly budget meetings and provide budget information as requested. Management of interactions with the Institutional Review Board.  Coordinate laboratory meetings with faculty co-investigators across two universities.  Assist with writing manuscripts for publication and writing future research grant applications with the study team.  Provide general leadership and laboratory management for a federally-funded multidisciplinary research group focused on child development, behavior, and health.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master's degree in psychology, public health or related field is required.

  • 5-6 years of related experience.

  • This position requires great attention to detail, outstanding organizational skills, and the ability to communicate clearly and build rapport with research staff and research study participants

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.