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Job Summary

Michigan Public Health is seeking a dynamic staff member with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community. The Research Area Specialist Intermediate will contribute to important research in the department of Epidemiology. This position is term-limited for one year at the start of the appointment with the possibility of extension based on the availability of funding.

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.


Develops, designs and conducts complex research analyses. Performs data analysis and interprets results. Formulates research analysis methods and suggests options for improving quality. 

Works with study team to gather and supervise data collection and verification. Identifies potential problems, recommends and implements solutions. Creates final analytic datasets.

Co-authors technical portions of manuscripts. Assists in acquiring research funding including with writing technical portions of grant proposals.

Acts as a liaison with other departments and organizations to coordinate receipt and submission of project data. Works with data coordinators at study sites to standardize data requests and facilitate delivery of datasets. Works with funders and outside organizations to understand and meet data delivery requirements.

Required Qualifications*

MPH in epidemiology with strong background in epidemiology and public health research. Experience working with health care data and applied experience with hospital-based epidemiology research. Applied experience in infectious diseases epidemiology and in pandemic response activities. Strong written communication skills. Extensive experience with R and SAS. 

Desired Qualifications*

4-5 years related experience and/or experience with respiratory virus surveillance studies and federally-funded surveillance networks. 

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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.