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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 seek a flexible, detail-oriented candidate to join our fast-paced, highly productive research team focused on women’s mental health and behavioral health services and policy in the Department of Psychiatry. The Research Area Specialist will support several related federally funded projects on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders using large-scale national data, in close collaboration with faculty across several departments and a team of statisticians and data analysts. The candidate will become a critical member of the research team and have the opportunity to contribute toward program research and initiatives including contributing to writing manuscripts and other products.


Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Day to day management of several related data driven projects, ensuring that all project information is consistently documented, secured, and accessible.
  • Schedule and lead project meetings including agenda development, note taking and tracking action items, and maintaining a decision tracking log.
  • Create detailed work plans, timelines, and project schedules with input from the research and analytical team, which identify and sequence the activities needed to successfully complete research project aims and objectives. 
  • Attend analytical team meetings to support the PI and project needs and ensure project tasks, analyses, and products are completed on time
  • Ensure regulatory compliance – complete Institutional Review Board submissions and renewals, Data Use Agreements, and related contracts. 
  • Work with research team to clarify objectives and metrics for annual and final project evaluation and assist with the drafting and completion of annual and final reports
  • Assist with manuscripts, posters, and other project related products 
  • Work with project team and department grants management staff to monitor and approve all study related budget activities

Required Qualifications*

  • Project or program management experience, preferably in a research setting
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and regularly exercise judgement in setting priorities.
  • Must possess strong computer skills and have prior experience working with data.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with high attention to detail
  • Proven ability to function as an effective member of a fast-paced, high intensity, highly productive research team

Intermediate Level

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or related field
  • 4-5 years of related experience  

Senior Level

  • Master’s degree in social sciences or related field
  • 5-6 years of related experience

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in public health, research sciences, or a related field
  • Interest and/or experience working in behavioral health, reproductive and women’s health
  • Experience with health services and/or health policy research
  • Experience with federally funded budgets and monitoring of expenditures

Work Schedule

M-F 8-5 or similar full-time schedule

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

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.


The University of Michigan participates with the federal EVerify system.  Individuals hired into positions that are funded by a federal contract with the FAR EVerify clause must have their identity and work eligibility confirmed by the EVerify system.  This position is identified as a position that may include the EVerify requirement.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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