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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 and should address your specific interest and experience working in research and research administration.

Job Summary

Performs the project management and administration of the day-to-day operations of several federally funded studies included, but not limited to a National Cancer Institute funded educational initiative, “The Integrative Oncology Scholars (IOS) Program, the AcuOva (Acupressure for Fatigue in Ovarian Cancer Survivors) and other studies focused on integrative oncology, cancer survivorship, whole food diet, fatigue, and chronic pain with a focus on clinical trials, mixed methods, and implementation and dissemination research. The project manager is fully responsible for managing administrative and research functions, works with the principal investigators in establishing, implementing, and monitoring operational processes. Carries out day-to-day personnel management and project management. Develops relationships with community leaders, partners, and faculty teachers at other institutions.


  • Oversees recruitment, data collection/management, biospecimen ascertainment, and retention efforts. Works with community stakeholders, cancer patient advocates, and community complementary medicine practitioners to ensure all groups are engaged.
  • Works with the PIs to ensure all studies are following group processes. Has oversight of administrative, financial, regulatory, and personnel aspects of all studies. Plans and executes educational programs.
  • Monitor budgets and identify resource allocations. Assist with PMCID compliance, IRB requirements, other regulatory entities, and audits.
  • Ensures data sharing requirements are met. Collaborates with researchers on short and long-range plans for projects.
  • Participates in writing research protocols and preparation of research documents including progress reports.
  • Tracks project progress, objectives, and deliverables.
  • Responsible for monthly and annual reports required for all studies. Will serve as a liaison between sponsor organization staff and study PIs and will facilitate collaborative projects with other domestic and international collaborators.
  • Ensures milestones are met, including participant enrollment, questionnaire completion, and biospecimen collection.
  • Provide oversight on the daily operation of all studies operations. Monitors data collection activities and projects.
  • Convenes with research staff to ensure protocols operating efficiently. Designs and implements productivity monitoring tools. Schedule study meetings, create study agendas, meeting minutes, and action items.
  • Troubleshoots challenges with patient enrollment and data gathering working alongside the PIs. Assist PIs in research presentations and development of study manuscripts.
  • Collectively work with various stakeholders such as Cancer Center members, IT staff/Plant Operations/Building Maintenance/Department as needed. Maintain and continues process improvement. Provide functional supervision and leadership to study staff to ensure effective operations and support DEI initiatives.
  • Functional supervision on time reporting, vacation and leave requests. Direct temporary students on project assignments. Collectively working with the Department's administration around HR on appointments, job postings, offer letters and reduction in force documentation, and effort reallocations.

Required Qualifications*

Research Area Specialist Senior: A master's degree in business, epidemiology, public health, or a related discipline and five years of experience in research, public health, or management is required.

Research Area Specialist Intermediate: A master's degree in business, epidemiology, public health, or a related discipline and four years of experience in research, public health, or management is required.

High degree of initiative and resourcefulness. Experience with project implementation and management is required. Excellent written, interpersonal, and oral communication skills, including the ability to work across cultures. Detail oriented, accurate and deadline driven; excellent planning and organizational skills; ability to work independently and pro-actively and handle multiple simultaneous projects with competing deadlines. Uphold superior professionalism, judgment, and discretion along with handling confidential information..

Underfill Statement

The position may be underfilled at the Intermediate level if appropriate for selected candidate. Additional Information This job has the possibly of hybrid working (some in-person some at home).

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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