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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

The University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry is looking for an ambitious, detail-oriented candidate to be a part of our growing team.  The Research Assistant in this role will help recruit and engage participants for a Federally-funded clinical trial, the CannSleep Study. The CannSleep Study aims to test whether or not a recently modified therapy intervention will improve sleep quantity and quality for those that use cannabis for insomnia. As a Clinical Subjects Associate, you will make sure that accurate and timely data is collected for participants throughout this project. This position is a great opportunity to learn more about the human subjects research process from start to finish, gain experience in 1:1 participant contact, and expand knowledge on substance use, sleep, and mental health treatment. As a part of Michigan Medicine, this position comes with vast learning opportunities and competitive benefits. Our project has an outgoing, curious team and we are looking forward to growing!


In this role, the Research Assistant will be responsible for:

  • Engaging the participants in recruitment, screening, and the informed consent process.
  • Due to the current environment, all sessions will be conducted via video chat. Regular sessions will be completed in-person as soon as authorized. Once Michigan Medicine has authorized a full return to the office practice, this position will require travel across the state of Michigan to meet in-person with participants
  • Additional responsibilities include data entry and cleaning, attending team meetings and trainings, and risk assessments as needed. 

Required Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent organizational skills, professionalism, attention to detail, ability to work independently but also within a team
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines are all a must. Strong communication skills and ability to build rapport is a must.
  • Post-Covid19, recruitment and assessment may take place in-person. For that reason, we require that candidates for this role have personal reliable transportation and are willing to drive across the state once it is safe to do so.
  • This project will serve a widespread and vulnerable population. Ability to work with a diverse range of people is required.

Desired Qualifications*

A fully prepared candidate for this role will present:

  • A background in research methods and/or clinical settings. 
  • Experience using MS Excel, Access, and REDCap is preferred.
  • The job will require flexibility in order to meet project deadlines and goals.
  • A strong ability to problem solve is highly desired.
  • Previous experience working with substance use populations is preferred, but not required
  • Comfort with technology and remote communication is preferred.

Work Schedule

Each Research Assistant will be responsible for completing a schedule consisting of 40 hours a week held within 5 days. Our typical work day is either 9am to 5pm or 8am to 4pm based on manager’s approval. Some weekend or evening shifts might be needed based on participant’s availability.  Our Flexible hours are available for staff while we work remotely, however based on manager’s discretion and approval.

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.