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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

Zero to Thrive is currently seeking a Research Assistant to help for 10-15 hours per week with data collection tasks for the Prenatal Stress Study (PSS). PSS examines the timing of stress in pregnancy through early childhood to determine how this stress affects infant and young child biological, social and behavioral development. This is a multi-University longitudinal study that uses intimate partner violence as well as family and community stress as a model for understanding the role of gestational stress timing on infant/preschooler outcomes. This Research Assistant will work under the supervision of the Project Coordinator and Research Evaluators to help run trier social stress tests with women, assist with childcare, and generally support study activities. This work requires in-person participation, for an increment of time between the hours of 11:30am and 3:30pm on weekdays. Candidates must be able to transport themselves to and from the Rachel Upjohn Building on Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor, MI.

Zero to Thrive is committed to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion across all areas of our work. We believe this commitment extends, not only to our community partners and the families we serve, but also to the faculty, trainees and staff who make up our team. We believe this diversity of people and perspectives enriches our group and the work we accomplish together as we strive toward our vision of supporting all families, from pregnancy through early childhood, to have the well-being necessary to achieve their full potential. As part of this commitment, we encourage applicants from all groups to apply for this position, particularly those who have historically been less represented in academic institutions.


  • Provide childcare during study visits for children ages 2.5-4
  • Flexibility around participant needs, while also being very prompt and reliable
  • Assist with study visits or recruitment as needed

Required Qualifications*

•    The ability to adhere to strict study protocols
•    Experience and comfortability working with infants and/or young children
•    Must have flexibility for work in diverse settings 
•    A demonstrated ability to problem solve and flexibly adapt to changes
•    Must have reliable transportation as some travel including to east Ann Arbor is required.

Work Schedule

Week Days

Work Locations

Ann Arbor

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, 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.