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Job Summary

We are looking for an extremely skilled individual who will become a full-time Research Area Specialist to act as Project Manager for a number of research projects for 2 principal investigators.  The Project Manager will work closely with the Coordinating Center of a large Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan-funded Collaborative Quality Initiative – The Hospital Medicine Safety Consortium and the Patient Safety Enhancement Program (PSEP). PSEP is comprised of over 25 MD and PhD research scientists who work to improve patient safety and quality of care.

The PSEP and HMS teams perform quality improvement and health services/health policy research. Their main focus is to improve the safety of hospitalized patients through conducting clinical epidemiology studies on healthcare-associated complications. A key focus of the work will be centered on complications from central venous catheters (such as central line-associated bloodstream infection) and implementing and improving antibiotic stewardship in Michigan hospitals.

This position is located at the NCRC campus. The hours are 40 hours per week. This job will be a great position for a person with project management experience who desires a deeper career in clinical research or health policy. Specific responsibilities will include:

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.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 26,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings.


Manage one or more large and complex research projects; reviews progress and evaluates results. Formulates research methods and suggests options for improving quality; identifies potential problems, recommends and implements solutions.  Includes project development steps (e.g., write and submit grants), IRB coordination for assigned projects (e.g., preparing human subjects applications, amendments, and annual review paperwork), research project task management, budget management, data use agreement applications, and coordination of team member tasks. 

Co-authors/authors publications; may co-present with Principal Investigator at meetings and conferences; assists in acquiring research funding including writing grant proposals

May supervise exempt and non-exempt research and support personnel

Assist with poster and slide preparation for talks

Assist and lead systematic review and evidence syntheses

Able to prepare policy briefs and summary statements of key research for lay audience and press

Perform data management such as creating a database, entering and cleaning data, or merging datasets

Prepare grant applications (e.g., assisting with budget and timeline preparation, copy editing, proofreading, and creation of tables/figures and references)

Recruit participants for interviews and focus groups in person, by telephone and through email

Coordinate and participate in collecting primary data through interviews and focus groups and the distribution and collection of surveys

Track participants and maintain accurate and detailed study records

Perform data quality control

Conduct preliminary and basic data analysis 

Review and summarize the medical literature on specific topics to inform manuscript and grant development

Schedule, attend and take notes at research team meetings

Supervise research assistant work in data collection and data entry

Primary activities and decision making authority are predominantly performed independently affecting business operations to a substantial degree

    Required Qualifications*

    Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with multiple team members (principal investigator, co-investigators on projects, research assistants, research librarian, statistician, HMS Coordinating Center team and HMS member hospitals)

    Excellent organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail

    Ability to communicate effectively and professionally in both verbal and written form

    Excellent knowledge of clinical study design and various methods of analyses

    Knowledge of research principles and practice

    Ability to write about and summarize scientific concepts for both scientific and non-scientific audiences

    Ability to prioritize tasks for meeting project deadlines

    Individual must be able to travel to meetings and to HMS member hospitals across the state

    Proficiency in the Mac environment and with programs including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

    Superb interpersonal skills

    Strong work ethic

    Senior Level:  Master's degree (MPH, MS, MHSA, or equivalent), Doctorate degree preferred with a minimum of 6 to 7 years of experience in an academic research environment. Supervisory and financial management experience required.

    Intermediate Level:  Master's degree (MPH, MS, MHSA, or equivalent), or currently obtaining Master’s degree, with at least 4 to 5 years of experience in academic research environment. 

    Desired Qualifications*

    Experience with data management; qualitative, quantitative, and survey analysis; and coordinating human research studies

    Experience with writing, submitting and managing grants to extramural funders such as NIH, AHRQ.

    Experience with performing systematic reviews and meta-analyses

    Prior policy writing experience

    Experience using a statistical program (Stata or SAS preferred) with some proficiency in coding and programming

    Prior authorship or co-authorship of peer-reviewed papers

    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.