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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

The Lin Lab is looking for a self-led, detail-oriented candidate to be a part of our growing team. The Research Therapist in this role will deliver a manualized intervention for a pilot study called In.Reach. In.Reach aims to pilot test and iteratively refine a motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy (MI-CBT) based intervention to reduce harms of substance use. Additionally, tasks include providing support and training for study therapists, coding for manualized intervention fidelity, and risk assessment management This position is a great opportunity to learn more about the intersection of research and clinical work, gain experience in CBT and MI, and expand knowledge on substance use disorders. As a part of Michigan Medicine, this position comes with vast learning opportunities and competitive benefits, including the possibility for limited licensure supervision. Our project has an outgoing, curious team and we are looking forward to growing!

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


As a research therapist, you will get a chance to work with a diverse group of participants who experience addiction. You will be responsible for delivering a manualized MI-CBT intervention with high fidelity. These sessions will take place over the phone or video. Additional tasks associated with this role include: participating in supervision with other clinical staff, attending team meetings, completing ongoing training, and data entry, and completing qualitative interviews with research participants. The research therapist will be responsible for conducting risk assessments for suicide and overdose when necessary. Flexible hours are available for staff while we work remotely, however; this role will require occasional flexibility to work weekend and evening hours when necessary.

Required Qualifications*

A Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or a similar area of study is required. Previous course work or practice experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Research Methods is necessary. 1-3 years of experience in a related field. Appropriate licensing within the candidate’s field is expected. Excellent organizational skills, professionalism, attention to detail, ability to work independently but also within a team, personable, and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines are all a must. Now that we are working remotely, a quiet, private space at home to work consistent hours and participate in video meetings is required. Ability to and comfort with making phone and video calls from home is necessary. This project will serve a widespread and vulnerable population. Ability to work with and advocate for a diverse range of participants is required. Lastly, part of work will be in the office, it will be required that the candidate can go into the Ann Arbor office on a regular basis.

Desired Qualifications*

A fully prepared candidate for this role has a background in research methods and has practiced CBT with a similar population.  Experience using MS Excel, Access, and REDCap is preferred. Previous experience with Veterans, and/or with substance use populations is preferred, but not required. The job will require flexibility in order to meet project deadlines and goals; therefore, a strong ability to problem solve is highly desired. Our team communicates primarily over Zoom meetings and instant messages, comfort with technology and remote communication is preferred. The job will require flexibility in order to meet project deadlines and goals; therefore, a strong ability to problem solve is highly desired. Knowledge of and experience with qualitative research techniques is preferred. Must be a self-starter, able to work independently, and able to work on multiple projects simultaneously. We are looking for someone who enjoys what they do!

Work Schedule

Our team typically works 9-5/8-4, 5 days a week. However, we are flexible with scheduling when necessary and do sometimes require our team to take weekend or evening shifts when scheduling with hard-to-reach participants. When these situations occur, we use flex time to make sure nobody is being asked to work more than 40 hours a week on average.

Work Locations

Currently, our research project is fully operational remotely. We are all working in our homes. Our office is located at the Ann Arbor North Campus Research Center, building 16.

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.