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Job Summary

The newly formed Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity (RISE) Center seeks applications for a full-time research coordinator. The aims of the Center are bold—to re-imagine and re-create how mainstream U.S. culture engages with narratives about Indigenous Peoples. We are working toward a society in which all individuals not only learn about Indigenous Peoples but also learn from Indigenous Peoples. Our mission is three-fold: 1) To conduct rigorous multidisciplinary research centering Indigenous Peoples’ voices and experiences; 2) To build, support, and sustain a multi-university pipeline of Indigenous scholar-activists; 3) To put research into action by working with artists and activists who use the Center’s research to propagate accurate, expansive, and empowering narratives of Indigenous Peoples.

We seek a research coordinator who is ready to jump in and collaborate with a growing team of scholar-activists. The research coordinator will support and manage a robust line of interdisciplinary, multi-university research projects focused on creating narrative change for Indigenous Peoples. Research in the Center is conducted using a hierarchical team-based mentoring model. The applicant will both receive mentoring from senior scholars and gain experience mentoring undergraduate researchers. The applicant should be passionate about translating research into social action and working flexibly across disciplines and sectors to create societal change. The ideal applicant will have experience conducting or supporting empirical research, either in social sciences or the humanities, have a working knowledge of research methodologies, design, and implementation, and an expanding set of data analysis skills. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, especially those from Indigenous backgrounds and/or a strong record of research with Indigenous Peoples. This is an ideal position for post-baccalaureate candidates interested in gaining experience needed for admission to a research-based graduate program.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.


Effort. 60% research, 40% administrative

Duties. The full-time research coordinator will oversee and support all ongoing research in the Center. This will include:
•    Overseeing day-to-day research operations in the Center;
•    Managing a variety of research projects and ensuring all projects progress in a timely manner;
•    Writing and maintaining Human Subjects Applications for Center research;
•    Using a variety of programs and platforms (e.g., Qualtrics, R, SPSS, Mplus, G Suite, Microsoft Office) to collect, manage, analyze, and report on data;
•    Using strong knowledge of research methods to design, implement, and evaluate empirical studies;
•    Conducing literature reviews to inform study design and theory development;
•    Overseeing research participant communications;
•    Ensuring IRB compliance across multiple projects;
•    Recruiting, training, supervising, and mentoring undergraduate and post-baccalaureate research assistants;
•    Providing research support to graduate student, post-doctoral, and faculty researchers at the Center;
•    Planning and leading in-person and virtual research team meetings;
•    Coordinating with senior members of the Center’s research and activism teams;
•    Collaborating with the Center’s outreach coordinator; and
•    Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

Associate's degree and 1 to 2 years of experience in a research lab setting; Strong research and communication skills, including:
•    Strong written and oral communication skills;
•    Familiarity with data analysis platforms (e.g., R, SPSS, SAS, MPLUS), survey platforms (e.g., Qualtrics), and Microsoft Office programs
•    Commitment to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and excellence in the academic community;
•    Strong organizational and planning skills;
•    Big picture thinking;
•    Ability to juggle many moving pieces at once;
•    Cognitive flexibility and problem solving skills; and
•    Initiative and drive.

Desired Qualifications*

 Bachelor’s degree in an empirical social science or humanities discipline preferred. Minimum of two years of college-level course work in a relevant academic area and two years of lab experience as a research assistant OR equivalent education/experience. Data collection and analysis experience, preferably with both youth and adults;
•    Ability to push forward both long-term and short-term projects/goals simultaneously;
•    A willingness to learn from mistakes and incorporate feedback;
•    Evidence of positive and successful collaborations;
•    Knowledge of Indigenous cultures and/or experience working with Indigenous Peoples;
•    Eagerness and initiative to learn new research skills; and
•    Research interests aligned with the Center’s work.

Additional Information

This is a one-year term-limited position with the expectation of renewal through December 2023.


The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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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.