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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 looking for a self-motivated, personable, organized and empathic research coordinator/therapist for a large federally-funded clinical trial addressing opioid misuse prevention among adolescents and young adults. The coordinator will primarily be responsible for managing a rotating caseload of 15-30 participants with diverse clinical needs; these participants will receive video or written teletherapy addressing topics such as mental health concerns (including suicidal ideation and trauma), substance use and other risky behaviors, and pain management. Over time, the coordinator will take on clinical supervision responsibilities, which may include providing scheduled and on-call supervision of written teletherapy and risk assessments. Additional study coordination tasks may be assigned based on project needs and the candidate’s interests. This is a great opportunity for a Master’s-level clinician who is either licensed or interested in working towards clinical licensure.


The Research Coordinator will assist with a variety of clinical and study management tasks which may vary over time and could include: 

  • Providing Motivational Interviewing and CBT-based brief interventions via video and written therapy platforms and documenting case notes following study procedures
  •  Conducting suicide, child abuse and other risk assessments with study participants as needed and completing documentation following study procedures
  •  Reviewing written teletherapy messages and providing feedback to other clinical staff about clinical direction and ways to enhance intervention and Motivational Interviewing fidelity 
  •  Fielding suicide and other risk assessment calls from clinical staff approximately one week/month, which may include evening and weekend calls
  •  Assisting with the creation of intervention instructional videos in preparation for future implementation efforts, which may involve script writing, hiring student actors and coordinating rehearsals and filming 
  •  Helping with coding audio tapes and written therapy for fidelity using the MITI
  •  Preparing materials for IRB amendments 
  •  Updating intervention manuals and tracking procedures as needed

During active study periods, the coordinator will work a varying schedule with some night and weekend shifts which are shared across our project’s clinical team.

Required Qualifications*

We are looking for a candidate with the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Psychology or a related clinical field with relevant experience
  • A minimum of one (1) year of related experience
  • Demonstrated clinical experience working with high-risk populations (preferably youth) in sensitive topic areas (i.e., substance abuse, mental health, crisis work) 
  • Sound understanding of HIPAA rules and regulations 
  • Flexibility to work a varying schedule with some night and weekend shifts, and field risk assessment calls one week/month during active study periods

Desired Qualifications*

Candidates with one or more of the following qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Demonstrated experience providing clinical therapy or administering behavioral interventions in research or clinical settings 
  • Active state of Michigan license in psychology, social work or a related clinical field (or interest in pursuing clinical licensure)
  • Previous experience with human subjects research or health services research

Work Schedule

During active study periods, the coordinator will work a varying schedule with some night and weekend shifts (typically between the hours of 10:30am - 8:30pm) which are shared across our project’s clinical team.

Work Locations

Our lab is currently working remotely until return to work is permitted, at which time the primary work location for this position will be the North Campus Research Complex.

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.