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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

We are looking for a personable, self-motivated and organized Research Assistant to help with recruitment and follow-up activities for two clinical trials addressing violence perpetration and risky drinking among youth and young adults. Key job responsibilities include approaching and collecting data from patients in healthcare settings, using Qualtrics to administer study assessments, contacting study participants, and data entry.  

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.


Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: Recruit study participants from local primary care clinics following IRB-approved procedures and study protocols. Distribute study assessments using Qualtrics. Acquire, distribute and document transactions of subject incentive payments in accordance with university guidelines. Enter data into Access databases. Complete participant tracking paperwork accurately and in the required time frame. Locate and contact enrolled subjects for follow-up survey reminders.  

Required Qualifications*

The ideal candidate is either working towards or already has a bachelor’s degree, preferably in psychology, public health, social work, sociology, or a related health field. This position requires flexibility and availability to work a varying schedule that will primarily consist of afternoon shifts, with some early morning (7:30am – onwards), evening (until 8pm) and weekend shifts. Reliable transportation will be necessary for regular travel to study recruitment sites. We are looking for someone who: is personable and able to communicate effectively; has excellent organizational skills and can prioritize competing tasks to meet deadlines; and is able to work independently for extended periods of time while also being a team player and maintaining effective communication with the study coordinators and principal investigator. Must be comfortable working in community health clinics, interacting with diverse populations, and discussing topics of violence, substance use, mental health, and HIV risk behaviors with study participants. Strict adherence to study confidentiality requirements is also mandatory.

Desired Qualifications*

Previous research experience, clinic/hospital work or volunteer experience, and knowledge of the research process is preferred. Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team and using Qualtrics, MS Excel, and Access is also preferable.     

Work Schedule

Work schedule will primarily consist of afternoon shifts, with some early morning shifts (7:30am – onwards), evening (until 8pm) shifts and weekend shifts.  

Work Locations

North Campus Research Complex with regular travel to study recruitment sites in Ypsilanti, MI. 

Additional Information

This is a summer (term-limited) position, with funding ending on July 31, 2019. 

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for 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.

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.


The University of Michigan participates with the federal EVerify system.  Individuals hired into positions that are funded by a federal contract with the FAR EVerify clause must have their identity and work eligibility confirmed by the EVerify system.  This position is identified as a position that may include the EVerify requirement.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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