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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

This person in this position will serve as the study coordinator for a large-scale NIMH-funded research project examining the neurobiology of psychiatric illnesses (e.g. psychosis, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, autism-spectrum disorders) using neuroimaging (fMRI) and eye-tracking. The person will work under the oversight of the PI and the direct supervision of the lab manager to screen, assess, and schedule patients for the project.  The person will administer neurocognitive and computerized assessments with research participants, oversee eye tracking data collection, as well as guide them through fMRI scans and run fMRI protocols. This individual will be trained in clinical assessments related to research activities. Responsibilities will also include data collection; maintenance of study records; data entry, maintenance, and upload to NIH databases; accurate completion of daily paperwork and administrative tasks; preparing assessment materials; various participant contact; adherence to all study protocols; and coordinating/attending weekly team meetings. The position requires a 2-year commitment and is renewable up to 5 years, depending on performance. It is an ideal stepping stone for those considering to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology or cognitive neuroscience.


  • Schedule and consent research participants.
  • Administer clinical interviews and neurocognitive assessments with research participants.
  • Coordinate subject participation and acquire behavioral data in fMRI scans.
  • Manage subject records and data entry, provide assistance transferring, computing, and analyzing data using advanced statistical computer software
  • Preparing and leading study team coordination meetings
  • Supervise undergraduate research assistants
  • Run fMRI protocols and oversee maintenance of fMRI databases
  • Oversee eye tracking data collection
  • Help program behavioral experiments and perform routine data processing

Required Qualifications*

  • 1-2 years of experience with research involving human subjects.
  • Basic computer skills - word processing, internet searches, spreadsheets, elementary statistics; additional skills in behavioral data acquisition helpful but not necessary
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented with the ability to understand/follow research protocols
  • Technical skills with equipment and software – training is available, but candidate must be competent to learn to use specialized lab equipment and software interfaces
  • Valid driver's license. Willing to drive regularly between UM campuses within Ann Arbor.
  • The ability to work both independently AND within a team. The candidate must be able to work independently for extended periods of time while receiving feedback and guidance from lab manager and faculty investigators.
  • The ability to adhere to strict confidentiality guidelines.
  • Strong self-motivation and adaptability in order to meet goals/deadlines of the project; so, the ability to problem-solve, prioritize multiple tasks, and meet deadlines are needed.
  • Flexibility in working hours is often required, depending on the scheduling needs of study participants, including weekends and evenings.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Experience working with patients with psychiatric disorders
  • Experience administering clinical interviews and assessments
  • Experience with behavioral data acquisition and processing is strongly preferred
  • Experience conducting fMRI studies strongly preferred, including experience working with fMRI technicians to implement study protocol
  • Familiarity with programming/scripting languages (MATLAB, ePrime, Presentation, Python, R, VBA, Bash, shell scripting)
  • Previous experience working as a member of an inter-disciplinary team is preferred.
  • Strong interest in conducting research involving psychiatric populations and developing technical research skills (e.g. programming, data processing/analysis, learning about neuroimaging research) is a plus.

Work Schedule

Full-time/Days, Mondays-Fridays

Work Locations

Rachel Upjohn Building and remotely from home (where possible)

Additional Information

This role involves working in a research lab that is centrally-based at the Rachel Upjohn Building on East Medical campus. However, in response to COVID, many aspects of this position will take place remotely, where possible. This will require working full-time from home when job responsibilities permit. The candidate will be expected to maintain efficiency in their role and adhere to the same standards even when work is conducted remotely. The candidate will be expected to adhere to strict guidelines when in close contact with research participants and follow extensive COVID safety guidelines at all times.

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

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.


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U-M EEO/AA Statement

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