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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

We are currently seeking a full time Research Assistant to assist the study team in the conduct of clinical research activities for a federally funded clinical trial evaluating the benefits of a non-medication treatment for insomnia (cognitive behavioral therapy CBT) in people with alcohol use disorder. The Research Assistant will assist with collection and management of patient and sleep laboratory data for this NIAA-funded randomized controlled trial. Primary responsibilities will include assisting with recruitment, screening, and scheduling of potential study participants; helping to coordinate study visits consistent with the approved study protocol; collecting and assisting with literature searches and presentation of research findings.


The primary responsibilities of the Research Assistant will include, but are not limited to: 

  • Conducting participant recruitment, screening, and obtaining informed consent. Tracking recruitment efforts in study database. 
  • Scheduling and preparing materials for therapy study visits; schedule and conducting study follow up assessments. 
  • Assisting project coordinator in completing and ordering material; tracking research-related supplies. 
  • Collecting and entering data, updating study databases, completing daily study paperwork accurately, preparing therapy and assessment materials, following all research protocols and procedures.

Required Qualifications*

Candidates for this position must possess a bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, or a similar discipline, with evidence of course work or experience in Research Methods. 

The candidate for this position must be able to: (1) work well independently for extended periods, while receiving feedback from study coordinator and faculty investigators; (2) work flexible hours to accommodate recruitment needs of participants; (3) demonstrate high professionalism, with a strong ability to establish rapport with individuals at all levels across multiple fields; and (4) demonstrate excellent organizational skills and a strong ability to keep accurate and detailed project records. Candidate must also possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, excellent time management skills, and good knowledge and facility with standard computer software packages (e.g. Microsoft Office, Adobe). 

Candidates must have access to their own reliable transportation. This will be a full-time position located at University of Michigan and will require some evenings/weekends. Some travel may be required.

Desired Qualifications*

Previous experience with clinical research in substance abuse/alcohol use preferred, but not required. Experience with more advanced software packages (MATLAB, SAS, SPSS) and data platforms (RedCap, MiChart, OnCore) also desirable.

Work Schedule

Daytime hours, but will need to be flexible to accommodate participant recruitment needs. Some evening and week work hours required.

Work Locations

Rachel Upjohn Building, East Ann Arbor Campus

Background Screening

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

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.