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Job Summary

Research assistant needed to assist with federally-funded studies involving online interventions aimed at reducing and preventing negative consequences of cannabis and alcohol use among young adults. The candidate will assist with a range of tasks which could include: study recruitment, coding intervention interactions and engagement from a Motivational Interviewing-based online cannabis intervention delivered on Facebook, creating content for a new alcohol-focused intervention on Snapchat, delivering intervention content via Snapchat using Motivational Interviewing (MI) principles, delivery of brief counseling sessions using MI principles, participant tracking, payment of participants, building and testing Qualtrics surveys and other administrative and scientific tasks (e.g., literature reviews, creating codebooks, data entry) as needed. 


Facebook-based group intervention for cannabis use, assistance with creation and delivery of alcohol-related intervention content over Snapchat and interacting with participants via Snapchat, and/or delivery of a brief counseling session using a structured guide over remote video chat. The candidate will also have responsibilities for other scientific and administrative tasks which may include: compensating participants for study assessments, tracking participants’ completion of study assessments, study correspondence, building and testing Qualtrics surveys that involve skip patterns. 

Our lab uses Motivational Interviewing in our intervention approaches and study interactions and the candidate will be responsible for demonstrating appropriate levels of proficiency with this approach after training, with ongoing supervision expected. The candidate will be responsible for following established crisis protocols in the event that a participant is distressed. The candidate will be responsible for demonstrating cultural awareness when interacting with participants from diverse backgrounds. The candidate will be responsible for updating and utilizing project databases and following all study protocols and procedures. This position entails a varying schedule where during active intervention periods or due to follow-up needs the candidate will work some nights and weekends which are shared across staff in the lab.  Additional study tasks may be assigned as needed.

Required Qualifications*

  • Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, sociology, public health, or a related field
  • Flexibility to work day, evening, and some weekend hours is required
  • Candidate will be expected to be able to prioritize multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and adhere to strict confidentiality policies
  • Applicant must be able to work independently for extended periods while maintaining effective communication and guidance from study coordinators and principal investigators. The ideal candidate is organized, detail-oriented, professional, efficient, flexible, and very familiar with technology-driven communication (e.g. video chats) and social media (i.e.- Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat) 
  • The ideal candidate will be someone who is receptive to feedback and willing to grow in this position which involves learning many new tasks
  • Additionally, this candidate will be empathic, and be able to practice active listening and rapport building

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team and using Qualtrics, MS suite, and social media is preferred
  • Previous experience conducting health services or interactive human subjects research is preferred
  • Prior clinical experience (i.e., mentor, residential aide, support staff) is preferred but not required
  • Preferably candidate will have knowledge of therapeutic models including Motivational Interviewing and substance use/addiction

Work Schedule

Will vary, some nights and weekends required.

Work Locations

Working remotely until further notice. As the university allows return to campus, work location will be North Campus Research Complex, 2800 Plymouth Rd., Bldg. 16, Ann Arbor MI 48109.

Additional Information

Position is funded by federal research grants and is subject to availability of funds.

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.

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.