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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. Your cover letter should address your relevant skills and include at least three professional references

Temporary Staffing Services is posting and screening candidates on behalf of the hiring campus unit. These positions will be for redeployment if an eligible furloughed regular staff member or temporary hire for others. Preference will be given to regular UM staff on furlough/available for redeployment and those who are currently on Reduction in Force (RIF) status.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan COVID-19 Community Sampling and Tracking Program is a free, opt-in, voluntary surveillance testing program for those on the Ann Arbor campus. This program plays a critical role in the public health response to COVID-19 and adds to our understanding of how the virus is impacting our campus community. The Lead Research Assistants will assist in the management of the operations, procedures and staff at collection sites at Palmer Commons or on other areas of campus as needed. The two lead research assistants will work overlapping shifts to cover the collection site hours of Mon - Fri, 8am - 6:30pm. Full and part-time schedules will be considered. These positions report to the Program Coordinator and are an essential part of this important program.



  • Manage the logistics of the collection site including opening and setting up the site at the beginning of the day and closing the site at the end of the collection time. 

  • Supervising and training on-site student staff and volunteers including training the staff on self-swab collection. 

  • Coordinating on-site service and processes with University Health Service staff.

  • Collaborate with program coordinator on promoting efficient and effective on-site service including assisting with schedule development for optimal staff coverage.

  • Assisting with passing out test kits and assisting testing volunteers as needed.

Required Qualifications*

  • Prior experience working in customer service and working in teams. Interest in public health preferred. Experience as a team lead or supervisor helpful but not required. 

  • Demonstrated organizational skills, strong attention to detail and good interpersonal skills.

  • Prior experience training coworkers or peers.

Work Schedule

Positions anticipated to continue from September 2020 through May 2021. Flexibility of work hours during the work week; some weekends may be necessary as dictated by collection needs. The two lead research assistants will work overlapping shifts to cover the collection site hours of Monday - Friday, 8am - 6:30pm. Full and part-time schedules will be considered.

Work Locations

Work takes place at an onsite campus location.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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