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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.

This is a 6 month term-limited, temporary position. The position may be extended up to 1 year with strong job performance and is conditional on continuation of funding.  

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) Biosciences Group seeks a motivated, energetic, full time Research Assistant. The Research Assistant will work with study coordinators, engineers, scientists and other members of the research team on research relating to engineering anthropometry, driver/passenger ergonomics and behavior, and crash safety for vehicle occupants.  Research tools include motion capture, 3D full-body scanning, vehicle mockups, physiological sensors, and instrumented vehicles driven on the road and test track.  This position may require travel to and working at vehicle test tracks. 

Who We Are

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is recognized internationally for our multidisciplinary research focusing on transportation safety and mobility ( We maintain the highest standards of excellence as we conduct research that improves peoples’ lives through access to safe and equitable mobility. UMTRI is a non-degree-granting unit within the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan that includes 20 faculty members, 65 research staff, and over 100 student researchers. During the last fiscal year, UMTRI generated $19M in research expenditures with funding from a wide range of government agencies and industry partners.


Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Scheduling test volunteers
  • Collecting data in studies that involve volunteers
  • Processing and backing up resulting test data
  • Setting up, calibrating and maintaining laboratory equipment

Required Qualifications*

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required.
  • Prior experience related to science or engineering research or statistics useful but not necessary.
  • Persons with experience in the following may find this position interesting: kinesiology, medical field, engineering (industrial, biomedical, mechanical), physical therapy. 
  • Experience performing physical job tasks safely. This includes but is not limited to lifting up to 40 pounds, bending, reaching, standing (1 hour increments), and pushing and pulling up to 40 pounds.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Graduation from a college or university with one-year relevant experience
  • Demonstrated exemplary interpersonal skills, including ability to work with the public while meeting technical requirements
  • Excellent customer service skills, high professional standard, impeccable attendance record and demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Experience working independently
  • Willingness to work in an open lab using shared workspaces, and paying close attention to detail
  • Familiarity with PC and Mac computers, including some experience working with Word and Excel

Additional Information

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be a world-wide preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus, and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do.  Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at:

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at:

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.

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.