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Job Summary

We are seeking a very motivated, detail-oriented, professional to manage research studies focused on substance use prevention and treatment. The position involves working closely with other research staff and Project Investigators to ensure completion.


This  Research Area Specialist Associate position will involve supervising research assistants to complete the proposed research, as well as collaborating with the study investigators, and community-based recruitment sites.   Activities include, but are not limited to: 

  1. Assisting in developing manuals and protocols; 
  2. Quality assurance procedures related to maintaining study progress and results (e.g., enrollment rates, attrition, engagement in interventions)
  3. Identifying and implementing solutions to enhance completion of study milestones (e.g., enrollment goals, intervention engagement, follow-up)
  4. Adapting and refining research procedures, including supervision of data collection and verification
  5. Conducting focus testing and stakeholder interviews;
  6. Assisting in preparing IRB submissions, annual reports, and conference or scientific paper submissions training and supervising staff recruiting and delivering the intervention, providing back up in case of staff illness, etc;  
  7. Scheduling and preparing agenda and documents for project meetings;
  8. Overseeing completion of clinical trials, including completion of data collection efforts for data sharing. 

This person must be flexible, have experience working as a team member, and have excellent communication skills. Comfort and experience discussing sensitive topics with underserved populations is necessary.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to public health (e.g., psychology, social work, mental health services, etc)
  • 1-3 years of related experience
  • Experience working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in human subjects research. 
  • Understanding of HIPAA rules and regulations.
  • Experience managing staff in execution of research aims
  • Some clinical training and experience using Motivational Interviewing. 
  • Experience managing a team.  
  • Experience with scientific writing, including literature searches (e.g., PubMed, Google Scholar), and communicating scientifically about research findings. 
  • Experience in a hospital/healthcare setting. 
  • Experience assisting with quantitative and qualitative data analyses

Work Schedule

Primarily days, with the potential need to take work scheduled shifts during active study periods on nights/evenings/weekends and fill in during other staff absences; and the potential need to train/supervise staff at times during the active study period on nights/evenings/weekends.

Work Locations

Currently due to COVID-19, there is flexibility in the work location, with most work occurring at home. In addition, the staff member is required to go to study sites throughout Southeast Michigan, with the primary work location being in Ann Arbor, when COVID-19 restrictions allow return to the office.

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.