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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

As part of the strategic research initiative, Fast Forward Clinical Trials (FFCT) is engaging the entire UMHS in creating a new model to improve clinical care, value, and health outcomes by successfully executing a diverse portfolio of high-quality clinical trials. This new model entails an organizational structure of local clinical trial support units (CTSUs), central infrastructure, and governance oversight. The CTSUs are trans-departmental and thematically aligned based on research foci. CTSUs are the local groups that provide comprehensive pre- and post-award support to study teams, offering high-quality, efficient service in support of a mix of clinical trials. These support units will provide a professional environment of expert personnel accessible to all investigators, especially early-career faculty. The Medical School Office of Research and the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) are responsible for the central services, providing enterprise-wide standards, policies, and common infrastructure that can be leveraged by the support units and study teams. The entire system is governed by the Medical School Office of Research in partnership with the Clinical Trials Subcommittee of the Research Board of Directors.

The Financial Specialist Associate will handle all post-award research administration activities for the Oncology CTSU.


  • Reconcile sponsored research project accounts primarily dealing with clinical trials, and successfully manages complex multi-armed clinical trials.

  • Monthly review of statement activity, detail, and gross pay register statements to verify accuracy. Review account and transactions to ensure appropriate chartfields are used.

  • Maintains a tracking system for CTO service unit billing to ensure accounts are being charged appropriately.

  • Prepare financial reports for project investigators. Presents findings to management.

  • Forecasts and identifies financial problems as it relates to clinical trials and addresses them with management and or faculty.

  • Prepare cash receipt tickets for revenue received from sponsors.

  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree required

  • 1 year of experince

  • Excellent communication and customer service skills, both written and verbal

  • Eagerness to learn and ability to adapt to changing needs

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative group

  • Ability to gather, interpret, and analyze resource data in order to make recommendations

  • Ability to set priorities, handle multiple assignments and deadlines with minimal supervision, while operating in a flexible and professional manner, with exceptional attention to detail

  • High degree of initiative and resourcefulness

  • Excellent computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Excel

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working with clinical trials.

  • A strong financial aptitude.

  • Familiarity with research academic and prior accounting experience.

  • Familiarity with University systems and knowledge of University policies and procedures strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of University financial reporting systems including eReconciliation, MPathways, M-Reports, and the Data Warehouse is strongly desired.

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.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job 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.