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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 directly related to this position.

Job Summary

We seek a full-time Research Area Specialist Associate to support multiple research studies focused on childhood obesity, type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The Research Area Specialist Associate will work in close collaboration with senior study staff and the Principal Investigator, within the Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research Center at the University of Michigan Department of Pediatrics as well as other Investigators across the University of Michigan. This position requires possible travel to research participant homes, as well as availability outside of typical 8am-5pm business hours.

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.


Project Coordination:

  • Assist with the coordination of research activities, working with faculty investigators to develop and implement project timelines and staffing plans, organize project-related meetings, and meet reporting requirements
  • Along with PI and senior project managers, assist in supervision of other research team members including Research Assistants, work-study students, and volunteers; may assist with orientation andtraining

Data Collection and Study Activities:

  • Perform and oversee recruitment, scheduling, and performance of study/project activities
  • Participate in data collection (e.g. conducting semi-structured interviews and downloading data from study devices), enter research data, and manage databases
  • Maintain accurate and detailed study records
  • Assist in coding and interpreting study data

Preparation of Written Materials, Data Summarization and Reporting:

  • Assist with background research and literature reviews
  • Draft research-related documents, reports of findings, manuscripts, and grant applications
  • Support the maintenance of research regulatory requirements, including preparation of Institutional

Review Board (IRB) applications, continuing reviews, adverse event reporting, and implementation of consent/assent procedures

Other Duties As Assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • A bachelor’s degree is required, preferably with a social science, health science, or public health focus
  • 1-3 years of experience in a related field
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – comfortable speaking with healthcare providers and patients
  • Excellent organizational and multitasking skills, with close attention to detail
  • Maintain confidentiality and protect the privacy of others
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with multiple team members (principal investigator, co-investigators on projects, project managers, other research assistants)
  • Understanding of basic research procedures and human subjects protections
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Ability and willingness to work some evenings in accordance with research project needs

Work Locations

300 North Ingalls St. Ann Arbor, MI

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.