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Job Summary

The University of Michigan School of Public Health is seeking 1-2 Research Assistants to assist with data collection for a school safety research project in Boston Public Schools 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 8-10 middle schools in Boston Public Schools. We will be collecting data in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. Research assistants will work as needed (likely no more than 10-20 hours per week with at least two days notice). Training will be provided.


  • Travel to schools throughout Boston Public Schools on an as needed basis
  • Work with classroom teachers to identify consented participants
  • Review assent form and administer survey to students on computers
  • 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
  • Experience or interest in public health research and data collection
  • Experience working with youth or in a school setting

Additional Information

*This position is located in Boston, Massachusetts.

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.