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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 Intermediate 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 of 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.
  • Process financial transactions such as accounts receivables, travel reimbursements, journal entries, and non-PO vouchers.
  • 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.
  • Process Post-Award Change Requests primarily dealing with no cost time extensions.
  • Attend and present in quarterly financial meetings to Project Investigators.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree and/or 1+ years of related experience.
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills, both written and verbal.
  • Familiar with research activities within a face paced academic department.
  • Experience with the institution endorsed financial reporting systems including eReconciliation, M-Reports, M-Pathways, and Data Warehouse.
  • Knowledge of universities policies and procedures surrounding sponsored research and the general ledger.
  • 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*

We desire the following attributes in new candidate:

  • Experience working with clinical trials and/or research grants.
  • A strong financial aptitude.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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