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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 personable, self-motivated and organized Clinical Subjects Associate to help with recruitment activities for a large, federally-funded, multi-year clinical trial addressing opioid misuse among youth and young adults. Key job responsibilities include approaching and collecting data from Emergency Department patients using a hybrid recruitment approach, administering risk assessments (suicide, child abuse) following study protocols, and conducting chart review. This is a great opportunity for candidates interested in gaining hands-on clinical research experience before applying to graduate school.


The candidate will have responsibilities that could vary over time. They will primarily be responsible for recruitment activities on a large clinical trial, which will involve: 


  • Following hybrid in-person and phone recruitment procedures to approach, obtain consent from and enroll Michigan Medicine Emergency Department patients in study activities 
  • In collaboration with licensed clinical supervisors, conducting and documenting suicide and other risk assessment with adult and minor study participants
  • Using MiChart to review medical charts of study participants and record data according to study procedures.
  • Requesting, distributing and documenting transactions of subject incentive payments in accordance with university guidelines. 
  • Completing participant tracking paperwork accurately and efficiently using Ripple.

The candidate will also be responsible for: following established crisis protocols in the event that a participant is distressed; demonstrating cultural awareness when interacting with participants from diverse backgrounds; and following all study protocols and procedures. This position entails a varying schedule where, during active study periods, the candidate will regularly work nights and weekends which are shared across staff in the lab.  Additional study tasks may be assigned as needed.

Required Qualifications*

  • This position requires flexibility and availability to work a varying schedule with regular morning, afternoon, evening and weekend shifts. 
  • We are looking for someone who is organized, self-motivated, empathic, personable, professional, and efficient and has strong communication skills.
  • Able to work independently for extended periods while maintaining effective communication with team leads, study coordinators and principal investigators.
  • Candidate will be expected to prioritize multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and adhere to strict confidentiality policies.
  • Must be comfortable working in the Emergency Department (following established protocols to facilitate social distancing and reduce COVID-19 transmission risks), interacting with diverse populations, and discussing sensitive topics (opioid use, suicide) with study participants.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, public health, social work, sociology, or a related health field are preferred.
  • Previous clinical research experience, clinic/hospital work or volunteer experience, and knowledge of the research process if preferred.
  • Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team and using MiChart and Qualtrics is also preferable.

Work Schedule

This position requires flexibility and availability to work a varying schedule with some morning, afternoon, late evening, and weekend shifts.

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.

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

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.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.