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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

If you enjoy talking with people, seek to gain behavioral research experience, and want to help improve programs that support young adults in reaching their goals and managing health behaviors like substance use, this position may be of interest.  We are looking for a personable, self-motivated and detail-oriented team player to help with follow-up activities for a federally-funded research study with enrolled young adults in the Flint community. This study is conducted out of the Hurley Medical Center Emergency Department in Flint, Michigan. Key job responsibilities include contacting and conduct interviews with study participants, maintaining study records, and helping to develop internal study documentation.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.


You will conduct a unique survey assessment with enrolled participants that includes a detailed documentation of their recent substance use, using a non-judgmental and active listening approach.  As a critical component to the success of the study, the primary responsibility of this role will focus heavily on building rapport, patient engagement via telephone and social media communication, and encouraging participants to complete research follow-up appointments and Snapchat communications with team health coaches.

  Your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Locate and contact enrolled subjects for survey reminders, and to schedule follow-up appointments.
  • Complete follow-up interviews at hospital or community locations, or by phone, which involves:  assisting subjects with self-administered computerized web surveys on a tablet computer, conducting structured interviews requiring discussion of personal and sensitive topics (e.g., substance use), and collecting biological samples for research purposes
  • Complete participant tracking paperwork accurately and in the required time frame.
  • Assist with survey development and creation of study manuals and other internal documentation. 
  • Data enter cases into Access databases and clean databases as directed by supervisor.
  • Distribute and document transactions of research funds according to study protocol.
  • Conduct and document risk assessments when applicable.

Required Qualifications*

High school diploma and some college credits or Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, or related health field is required.  This position requires flexibility and availability to work weekdays as well as some weekend/evening shifts. Reliable transportation will be necessary in order to complete participant interviews at various community locations.  We are looking for someone who has excellent organizational skills; is detail-oriented, personable, able to work independently but also be a team player; can communicate effectively, and is very familiar with iPhones, iPads and Snapchat. Must be comfortable with substance using population and discussing topics of substance use and behaviors with study participants. Additionally, this candidate will ideally have an interest in understanding a person’s individual life story, express empathy, and have skills of active listening and rapport building.

Desired Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, or related health field preferred. Previous research experience, clinic/hospital work or volunteer experience, or customer service experience, and knowledge of the research process is preferred. Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team and using Qualtrics and Microsoft suite is preferred.

Work Schedule

Mid-day shifts during weekdays and weekends (typically between the hours of 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM), as well as some evening shifts on an as needed basis.

Work Locations

Hurley Medical Center, in Flint MI

Additional Information

This position is 100% grant funded. Additional opportunities of extending this position or increasing to full-time employment may become available.

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.


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.