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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 Research Scientist will be a member of the project team at the Center for International Reproductive Health Training unit within the University of Michigan Medical School (CIRHT-UM). CIRHT-UM aims to build and strengthen research capacity in family planning (FP), comprehensive abortion care (CAC), and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) by partnering with academic and research institutions in Africa, providing training, mentorship, resources, and seed-grant funding through a competitive proposal submission process. The Research Scientist is an integral member of the team responsible for overseeing, guiding, and providing insight on a wide range of research related projects, including all CIRHT-UM funded seed grants. The Research Scientist will work closely with the center’s Director of Research and will be accountable for high-quality interactions with internal and external partners. This position is 100% grant funded.

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.


Create and serve on grant review panel

  • Organize grant review panel members and channels of communication
  • Establish proposal submission method
  • Review incoming proposals for selection of CIRHT-UM seed grant funding

Review progress of projects selected for CIRHT-UM seed grant funding and see projects through to completion

  • Serve as an active liaison, partner, and advisor to CIRHT-UM Principal Investigators
  • Liaise with in-country Research Coordinator to determine specific research needs
Conduct research gap analyses at each partner institution in each expansion country
Planning and coordination
  • Organize, coordinate, and lead various training/workshops for faculty and trainees at partner institutions
  • Lead and assist with the organization and hosting of aspects associated with CIRHT-UM's scientific conference held every 2 years
Co-author/author publications
Review applicants and select recipients of conference travel awards
Additional projects as identified by the PI and Co-PI

Required Qualifications*

  • MPH, MSc, MS
  • 5-6 years of direct project management and/or planning experience with extensive knowledge of the research life cycle
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to make decisions independently while keeping management and key stakeholders informed
  • Demonstrable organizational skills
  • Must be willing and able to travel 
  • Personal experience with publications and the peer-review process
  • Knowledge to guide researchers in literature review and
  • Experience with statistical software

Desired Qualifications*

  • PhD preferred
  • Experience serving as the Principal Investigator or lead of a research project
  • First-hand experience working in a research setting specifically focused on family planning (FP), comprehensive abortion care (CAC), and/or sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)
  • Previous experience working in Global Health

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.

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.