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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 have an excellent opportunity for a Research Specialist to join our research team to evaluate and implement ways to make health care safer and more effective— focusing on both the care of patients with prolonged intensive care unit (ICU) stays but also focusing on the retention of women and under-represented minorities in medicine. Our vision is to move both these fields from merely describing problems, to implementing solutions and change.


This position in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day activities of multiple research projects, including the following: budget preparation and management; submission of IRB applications and ensuring adherence to all regulatory requirements; completing progress reports; plan, coordinate, and conduct grant writing; write and edit sections of grants; help coordinate team members’ schedules and communications; provide support services for preparation of reports and manuscripts; coordinating patient recruitment and enrollment, survey administration, and patient and employee interviews; and setting up and maintaining tracking databases.
This position includes the opportunity for professional development, such as classes and attendance/presentations at conferences. This is a research area specialist senior position with the ability to underfill to the intermediate level depending on the candidates credentials/experience.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings

Responsibilities*

The Research Specialist will coordinate with the principal investigator and her research teams in planning, implementing, organizing, and reporting project activities. Using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, the Research Specialist will conduct and supervise data collection and verification; perform data analysis, and interpret results. This position will entail working on multiple projects with multiple investigators as part of dynamic research teams. Responsibilities include:

Day-to-day project management:
• Develop standard operating procedures for specific projects
• Track project aims and progress, comparing it against project timelines and benchmarks to maintain project standards
• Manage meeting schedules and project timelines for diverse research project teams
• May supervise research and support personnel, including training, assignment of tasks, and ensuring adherence to project timelines and standards
• Prepare documents for human subjects approval, including informed consent forms, institutional review board (IRB) applications, amendments and continuing reviews, in a timely manner and in accordance with all regulations
• Coordinate the execution of project related contracts, including Data Use Agreements, Memorandums of Understanding, Confidentiality Agreement, and Subawards
• Plan and coordinate site visits to hospitals for team of 2-3 researchers

Data collection:
• Develop and pilot-test quantitative survey instruments
• Develop and pilot-test qualitative interview, focus group, and group deliberation guides 
• Develop working protocols, data collection forms, and tracking databases in Qualtrics, REDCap, and Excel
• Coordinate and conduct data collection and evaluation activities, including recruitment and enrollment of research participants and administration of surveys in person, online, by mail, or phone
• Conduct semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and group deliberations 
• Extract data from the electronic medical record into a REDCap database

Data management: 
• Track research participants and maintain accurate and detailed study records 
• Oversee and conduct data management tasks such as entering and cleaning data

Data analysis: 
• Conduct qualitative coding and analysis of interviews, focus groups, and group deliberations
• Assist with quantitative survey data analysis and interpretation of results

Financial management: 
• Perform financial management activities including monitoring of project expenditures to ensure adherence to project budget 
• Research, recommend, and purchase equipment and supplies 
• Coordinate the payment of research participants 

Dissemination: 
• Assist with the dissemination of results and outreach to the community, partnering organizations, and policy makers
• Draft, proofread, and edit documents, including manuscripts sections, presentations, and reports
• Conduct literature searches and summarize the medical literature on specific topics, as relevant to existing grants and development of new ones

Preparing grant proposals: 
• May assist with writing grant proposals and coordinating activities necessary for timely submission of grant proposals with various departments 
• May prepare internal documents required for submission of research grants including preparing grant budgets and budget justifications

Schedule/Travel: 
• This position may involve some work in the evenings or weekends
• This position may involve travel throughout the state of Michigan and nationally

Required Qualifications*

Required Qualifications for Research Area Specialist Senior
 

  • Master’s Degree or higher, or equivalent experience in a field of social science (e.g., anthropology, psychology, sociology), or applied clinical area such as social work, public health, nursing 
  • 5+ years of human subjects’ research experience
  • Experience managing the day-to-day operations of one or more moderately complex projects 
  • Experience or training in social science or epidemiologic data collection methods and survey research methods
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to recruit and interact regularly with research participants

 

Required Qualifications for Research Area Specialist intermediate

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher, or equivalent experience in a field of social science (e.g., anthropology, psychology, sociology), or applied clinical area such as social work, public health, nursing
  • 4+ years of human subjects’ research experience
  • Experience managing the day-to-day operations of one or more moderately complex projects
  • Experience or training in social science or epidemiologic data collection methods and survey research
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to recruit and interact regularly with research participants
     

Desired Qualifications*

Desired Qualifications for Research Area Specialist Senior

 

  • PhD Degree or equivalent experience in a field of social science (e.g., anthropology, psychology, sociology), or applied clinical area such as social work, public health, nursing 
  • 5-10 years of human subjects’ research experience
  • Supervisory experience 
  • Clinical experience
  • Experience developing, preparing, and submitting grant proposals for consideration by state/federal agencies or private foundations, including developing grant budget proposals 
  • Experience co-authoring manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication
  • Financial management experience with sponsored (e.g. grant-funded) projects
  • Proficiency using qualitative and quantitative data analysis software programs (i.e. NVivo, MAXQDA, Dedoose, SPSS, or Stata).

Desired Qualifications for Research Area Specialist intermediate

  • Master’s Degree in a field of social science (e.g., anthropology, psychology, sociology, social work, public health) 
  • Supervisory experience 
  • Clinical experience
  • Experience developing, preparing, and submitting grant proposals for consideration by state/federal agencies or private foundations, including developing grant budget proposals 
  • Experience co-authoring manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication
  • Financial management experience with sponsored (e.g. grant-funded) projects
  • Proficiency using qualitative and quantitative data analysis software programs (i.e. NVivo, MAXQDA, Dedoose, SPSS, or Stata).
     

Underfill Statement

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

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.