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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.  Interested applicants should apply online to this posting and email your cover letter and resume to

Job Summary

The Patient Safety Enhancement Program (PSEP) is a very collegial environment comprising over 20 MD and PhD research scientists who work to improve patient safety and quality of care. We are looking for a skilled individual to become a part-time Temporary Research Associate for 1 busy physician-scientist principal investigator in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of General Medicine.  This physician-scientist and the PSEP team performs health services/health policy research and clinical epidemiology on the risk factors and prevention of healthcare-associated complications such as diagnostic error. This position is located at the University of Michigan Hospital and the North Campus Research Complex campus.  This is part time, approximately 20 hours per week. This job will be a great position for a person who desires a career in clinical research.  This position involves a combination of field work (such as subject enrollment, observations and interviews) performed in the hospital setting and other research project tasks (such as data collection and entry, and literature reviews).


The Research Associate will support the physician-scientist in conducting research projects.


  • Recruit physician participants for an observational diagnostic error project.
  • Coordinate and participate in collecting primary data through observation, interviews and focus groups and the distribution and collection of surveys
  • Track study participants and maintain accurate and detailed study records
  • Create documents for accurate tracking, collection, and recording of data collected in observations, interviews, and focus groups
  • Perform simple data management such as entering data, checking for data entry problems, and cleaning data
  • Perform literature reviews and summaries of the medical literature on specific topics to inform manuscript and grant development .
  • Assist the PSEP group in producing and disseminating graphical assets representative of published scholarly papers. Day to day tasks will include: creation of single image and animated video representations of papers, at the direction of a research associate; design and implementation of dynamic, eye-catching visuals; management and promotion of said representations on social media, to help disseminate ongoing research as widely as possible; creation of posters and presentation materials meeting the precise requirements of our researchers.

Required Qualifications*

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Superb interpersonal skills – comfortable speaking with healthcare providers
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally in both verbal and written form
  • Strong work ethic
  • Proficiency in the PC environment and with programs including MS Word and Excel.  Willingness to learn Macintosh environment for specific programs.  
  • Ability to prioritize tasks for meeting project needs
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with multiple team members (principal investigator, project manager, co-investigators on projects, other research assistants)
  • Required to pass and maintain standard certification for researchers at the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor VA Medical Center, such as online PEERRS training (

Desired Qualifications*

  • At least 1-2 years of experience in clinical or clinical research setting, ideally within the University of Michigan or the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center.
  • Ability to write about and summarize scientific concepts for both scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Experience in regulatory aspects of medical research and policy/procedures in the conduct of clinical trials both at an institutional and federal level

Work Schedule

  • Flexible work hours:  Monday through Friday, 12:30 – 9:00 PM. 


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.