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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

To assist with research activities within the Department of Psychiatry related to Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in various clinical populations. With guidance from faculty and research personnel, the research technician associate will handle organizational and administrative details of assigned projects, including but not limited to screening and collecting information from potential participants according to the research study protocols, conduct interviews in person and via phone calls, conduct epidemiological, social or behavioral assessments, and collect data and/or biological samples from research participants in studies. The associate will also coordinate study visits and follow-up of study participants with some oversight of day-to-day operation of project. The associate may also assist in preparation of progress reports and other summary materials, perform literature searches and copying articles. The potential exists to assist in the preparation of research papers and manuscripts for publication and presentations at conferences and workshops. The associate will work collaboratively and also independently with other team members to fulfill the goals of the project.


Telephone activity includes: screening calls for subject recruitment and scheduling potential participants for in-person appointments.

Assisting study coordinator in tracking participant and study progress, monitoring of active participants during laboratory sessions, detailed record-keeping, data entry and verification, filing, collection and processing of biological materials, and other duties as assigned.

Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail is a critical component of this job’s responsibilities. Demonstrated multi-tasking skills and ability to prioritize workload efficiently are essential. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop rapport with a diverse pool of research participants with various clinical conditions is absolutely vital. Outstanding written and verbal communication capability is required and expected.

Required Qualifications*

  • The preferred candidate will have a Bachelor's degree with academic knowledge of a health science discipline such as neuroscience, public health, psychology, social work or related behavioral sciences.
  • Excellent organizational skills with keen attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact productively with other research team members.
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and willingness to learn and develop additional computer skills related to data management and preparation of data for analysis.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous clinical or research experience in a human science field is desired, but not required.

Work Schedule

This is a full time position; 40 hours/week. There may be 2-3 late evening shifts every other week that end as late as 9 PM. On days with no evening shifts, office hours can start later. Thus, availability to work evenings, and weekends when called for under the planned study protocols is required.

Work Locations

Sleep and Circadian Rhythms Research Laboratory

Rachel Upjohn Building at East Ann Arbor Medical Campus

4250 Plymouth Road

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Additional Information

This is a 1 year, term-limited appointment with the possibility of extension. If the extension is not granted, the appointment will terminate and will not be eligible for Reduction in Force (RIF) benefits.

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.

Background Screening

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

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.


The University of Michigan participates with the federal EVerify system.  Individuals hired into positions that are funded by a federal contract with the FAR EVerify clause must have their identity and work eligibility confirmed by the EVerify system.  This position is identified as a position that may include the EVerify requirement.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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