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C.V., cover letter describing interest in position and relevant previous experience, and names and contact information for two references. References will be asked to specifically address applicant’s research experience, organizational and communication skills, ability to work independently and collaboratively, and experience working with ethnic minority youth and/or families.

Job Summary

Together with the Contexts of Academic + Social Adjustment (CASA) Lab at the University of Michigan, Dr. Deborah Rivas-Drake examines how adolescents navigate issues related to race and ethnicity in peer and family settings and how these experiences inform their academic and socioemotional development. Our work seeks to illuminate promising practices that help set diverse young people on trajectories of positive contribution to their schools and communities. We are now seeking a lab manager to join a vibrant, productive team that examines school, family, and peer contexts of development – from early adolescence through young adulthood – among diverse adolescents.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.


50% - Assistance in coordinating lab member efforts and projects; preparation of human subjects/IRB protocols and submissions and record-keeping; preparation of study materials and participant payments; general lab maintenance, including archiving study materials, keeping records up-to-date, and ordering supplies; creation and maintenance of lab website and web-based surveys; assistance with supervision of undergraduate RAs and training of lab members in research protocols.

50% - Entering, cleaning, and coding data; assistance with analysis of data using statistical software; help with manuscript preparation, including literature searches and manuscript editing; assistance with the preparation of posters and presentations for scientific meetings.

Required Qualifications*

  • High school diploma, Associate's Degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Bachelor's Degree in psychology or human development is highly preferred.
  • At least one year prior research experience in either psychology, human development, or child/adolescent development, especially with ethnic minority youth/families and/or school-based research.
  • Must have strong computer skills (e.g., Excel, Word, Powerpoint), and familiarity with statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS).
  • Must have the ability to work independently and collaboratively and possess outstanding organizational, time-management, and communication skills. 

Desired Qualifications*

A bachelor’s degree in psychology or human development is highly preferred. Spanish fluency is highly desired.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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Additional Information

Term Limited one year appointment, with the potential of an additional year contingent on funding.

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.