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Job Summary

The Department of Family Medicine is seeking a highly motivated and organized person, with excellent multi-tasking, communication, and research skills to join our research team. This Research Area Specialist position provides administrative and data analytic support for multiple National Institute of Health (NIH) funded studies, all of which involve a qualitative or community-engaged research approach. The characteristic duties and responsibilities of this position involve research participant interaction, coordination and management of day-to-day study activities, data collection and data analysis, and manuscript preparation. The individual will work closely with the Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators, and other team members to conduct qualitative, mixed methods, and community-based participatory research studies.

The ideal candidate would be interested in supporting qualitative and mixed methods research spanning multiple content areas in the health and social sciences. Current funded studies include topics related to research training, adolescent health, and the management and treatment of chronic health conditions.

  • For the duration of the NIH award, half of the Project Manager’s time will be spent on daily study activities related to a research training program for high school students interested in health research. The program uses a community-based participatory research model to train students to be researchers on a study of adolescent health.
  • The remainder of the Project Manager’s time will be spent supporting other studies using qualitative and mixed methods approaches. Activities will include providing administrative support, collecting data (e.g., interviews, focus groups, observation), analyzing data, and collaborating with other research team members, in addition to other study responsibilities.

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 Work at Michigan?

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.

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance

Being part of something greater, of serving a larger mission of discovery and care — that's the heart of what drives people to work at Michigan. In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. It's adding a purpose to your profession. Work at Michigan and become a victor for the greater good.


  • Monitor and keep the research team informed on daily progress of the study including recruitment, enrollment, data collection, and institutional approvals

  • Conduct all necessary daily study activities including interacting with participants, enrollment, data collection (e.g., participant interviews), ordering and distribution of supplies, and distribution of incentives

  • Monitor and respond to participant questions and concerns via text, call, or email as they arise at enrollment and throughout the study

  • Ensure the study follows institutional and protocol specific requirements

  • Perform necessary tasks related to the research process, including obtaining and maintaining institutional ethical approval, conducting literature searches and summarizing relevant literature, data collection (e.g., interviews, focus groups, observations, survey), data cleaning, data analysis, data management, and manuscript preparation

  • Support training and supervision of trainees, including graduate and undergraduate students contributing to various research projects

  • Lead/help prepare research papers and manuscripts for publication and presentation at conferences and workshops

  • Assist in drafting funding proposals, assembling relevant grant materials and supporting submission of grants

  • Assist with the dissemination of results and outreach to the community, partnering organizations, and policy makers

Required Qualifications*

  • Employees in this classification are required to have a minimum of a Bachelor degree in a recognized field of science or learning which is directly related to the duties of the position.  Master's degree preferred.
  • 1-3 years of experience in a related field. 
  • Knowledge of research principles and practices. Ability to respect and protect confidential and highly sensitive information
  • Qualitative research experience, including collection and analysis of interview data
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse racial, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, and ability backgrounds
  • Strong interpersonal skills (with adolescents as well as peers), professional demeanor, dependability, and ability to work well under pressure
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in health or social science discipline or equivalent experience desired
  • Experience in community-engaged research, including knowledge of community-based participatory research principles
  • Experience providing technical assistance to academic researchers
  • Experience working on grant-funded multidisciplinary research teams
  • Previous experience developing, preparing, and submitting grant proposals for consideration by state/federal agencies or private foundation
  • Knowledge of qualitative data analysis software (e.g., Nvivo, MaxQDA, Atlas.ti, dedoose, etc.)
  • Proficiency using Qualtrics or other online surveying programs

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


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