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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 Division of General Internal Medicine is looking for a skilled individual to become a part-time Temporary Research Associate. The RA will work with a principal investigator on project(s) addressing adults with chronic pain, addiction, and or risk of prescription drug misuse.  

This position is located at the North Campus Research Complex campus. The hours are 10-20 hours per week. This job will be a great position for a person who desires a career in medicine or public health research and is looking to gain research experience. This position involves a combination of field work (such as screening phone calls and in-person interviews/focus groups) and other research project tasks (such as data entry and literature reviews).


The RA will assist in designing and carrying out research, including the following tasks:

  1. Conducting screening calls to various types of treatment clinics
  2. Interviewing research subjects, both on the telephone and in person
  3. Developing survey tools and focus groups materials
  4. Entering research data and managing databases
  5. Maintaining accurate and detailed study records
  6. Coordinating payments to research subjects
  7. Proofreading and otherwise helping to prepare research-related documents
  8. Coordinating research activities with any project partners, both within and outside the University


Throughout the project, the RA will be expected to act in accordance with all relevant human subject regulations, identify potential problems and, in collaboration with the PI, help resolve those problems.

Required Qualifications*

  • Recent graduates or students pursuing a bachelor’s degree are encouraged to apply. Must be able to commit to consistent weekly hours and schedule.
  • Superb interpersonal skills – comfortable speaking with healthcare providers and patients
  • Ability to handle complex projects while managing competing deadlines is strongly desired.
  • Organize and coordinate multiple tasks with close attention to detail.
  • Maintain confidentiality and protect the privacy of others.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with multiple team members (principal investigator, co-investigators on projects, project manager, other research assistants).
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) are expected.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in social science, health science or public health focus.
  • Understanding of research procedures, with demonstrated experience in data collection methods and research design.
  • Research skills such as survey development, conducting focus groups, compiling literature reviews.
  • Knowledge of best practices and strategies in recruitment are desired.
  • Experience in developing and executing research or evaluation programs is preferred.
  • Academic or professional experience in working with vulnerable populations and/or sensitive health issues is strongly desired.
  • Experience with the IRB process would also be helpful.

Work Schedule

  • Flexible but consistent work hours from Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. We are looking for 1-2 employees to fulfill this position. 


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. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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