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Job Summary

Being part of something greater, of serving a larger mission of discovery and care — that's the heart of what drives people to work at Michigan. In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. It's adding a purpose to your profession. Work at Michigan and become a victor for the greater good.

The University of Michigan’s School of Public Health is searching for a full-time Research Area Specialist to support our highly interactive statistical genetics research group. Our group is involved in cutting edge genetics research, studying genetic variation in humans, with a focus on generating data resources and tools that enable scientists to study complex behavior and traits in humans. This is an opportunity to work in a challenging and rewarding research area that is at the cutting edge of genetic research, including through the use of new online resources for participant engagement. Your position will report to the center's director.

Responsibilities*

The Research Area Specialist Senior will conduct the following activities with minimal guidance and oversight. The Research Area Specialist Intermediate will work under a greater level of guidance.

  • Engage with faculty and other team members to monitor the integrity of data collection and the accurate use of protocols and procedures. Develop process improvements to improve quality of study data and researcher or participant experiences. 
  • Help report study results by completing data analysis activities, writing technical reports for funders, and articles for publication. 
  • Contribute to the development of survey instruments, data collection protocols, user interfaces, and participant engagement strategies. Answer participant and researcher questions about ongoing studies.
  • Independently draft Institutional Review Board and other documents required for regulatory compliance. 
  • For candidates with quantitative experience and interest in data analysis, there is the opportunity to contribute analysis, visualization, and interpretation of research data. 

Required Qualifications*

Required qualifications for Senior classification:

  • Doctoral degree in a health care or research related field. Candidates with degrees in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Health Behavior and Health Education, or Human Genetics are expected to be highly qualified.
  • Experience in genetic studies and a solid understanding of human genetic concepts.
  • 5 or more years of prior research program coordination experience, particularly where it involves planning of interactions with research subjects and exceptional attention to detail are necessary.

Required qualifications for Intermediate classification: 

  • Master's degree in a health care or research related field. Candidates with degrees in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Health Behavior and Health Education, or Human Genetics are expected to be highly qualified.
  • Experience in genetic studies and a solid understanding of human genetic concepts.
  • 4 or more years of prior research program coordination experience, particularly where it involves planning of interactions with research subjects and exceptional attention to detail are necessary.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience performing statistical analyses using R or Python, particularly with genetic data or large disease registry or health related databases.   
  • Familiarity with Linux command-line tools.
  • Excellent written, visual, and verbal communication skills.
  • Understand compliance issues with regards to human subject research and be highly sensitive to confidential data and associated regulations.
  • Capability to assess competing priorities and manage workflow.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with study personnel and coordinate efforts with a diverse group of people.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate. Salary ranges for each classification:

  • Intermediate level: $52,530 - $64,980
  • Senior level: $66,864 - $82,596

Additional Information

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

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 any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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