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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.

The Pediatric Nephrology Clinical Research program is a collaborative, collegial and fast-paced program that enjoys the opportunity to partner with many intramural and extramural researchers. The Research Program includes longitudinal cohorts, clinical trials, health services, and translational research with funding from a variety of sponsors including NIH, industry, and others. The patient-centered research program focuses on acute and chronic kidney diseases with an emphasis on nephrotic syndrome.

The Research Area Specialist-Intermediate is responsible for managing his/her assigned projects and serving as a key team member. The research team includes physicians, biostatisticians, program/project managers, study coordinators, data managers, and administrative support. Research trainees are added to the team on occasion.

The Research Area Specialist-Intermediate is expected to work independently under the guidance of the program director and supervisor.  He/she is expected to understand and support the conduct of research within all federal, state and local regulatory requirements.  Candidate participates in the facilitation of various research projects and proposals. Assignments may include tasks for both single-center and multi-center studies.  


  • Lead and coordinate high-volume clinical study/ies including participant visit management, data collection, timely follow-up and communication, data entry and query resolution. Support database development, quality control, and cleaning. work with staff to develop and implement new systems, protocols, and project materials.


  • Responsible for ensuring deliverables are completed in accordance with the contract specifications and study protocol, Data Use Agreement (DUA) management and tracking, serve as a main contact for the projects for internal and external researchers, coordinating with various other departments, institutions, government agencies, and industry partners to ensure satisfactory completion of deliverables and study aims. respond to inquiries and requests regarding matters of a sensitive and confidential nature.


  • Schedule and lead internal and external meetings. Create meeting materials, maintain agenda and meeting minutes documents. Act as liaison with other departments, divisions and organizations


  • Assist in budget oversight and project contracting with external funders and collaborators


  • Generate and maintain the Institutional Review Board applications for research study approvals, amendments and continuations.


  • Facilitate study patient advisory board(s). Communicate (via phone, email, in-person, written materials) information with members of the public, study participants, and team members.


  • Assist with ad-hoc tasks on the project, create presentations when needed, assist with writing and editing scientific manuscripts, abstracts, posters and presentations.  Conduct literature search, retrieval, and summary for awarded or potential projects

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least 4-5 years work experience in a research or other relevant professional setting
  • Experience coordinating or leading complex projects that include large datasets, project management, manuscript production, regulatory compliance
  • Ability to see a project/task through from start to finish independently or with minimal guidance
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.  The ability to work as part of a team or individually while meeting deadlines in a multitasking environment.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, strong interpersonal skills, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with medical terminology
  • Possess adequate knowledge to effectively use meeting tools such as Zoom, Teams, WebEx, Skype for Business,
  • Strong computing skills in the Windows environment, particularly with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Data management experience understanding of datasets, processing, etc.
  • Experience coordinating clinical studies involving complex participant scheduling
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and use new computer programs quickly and effectively
  • Prior experience with external researchers, assisting with documentation

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.

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


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COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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