Research Area Specialist Assoc

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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.


We are seeking a highly motivated Data Manager to join the Back and Pain Center research team in the department of Anesthesiology. This person will be responsible for data management, basic statistical analyses, preparing study reports, developing text for manuscripts and creating presentations to share study findings. 

This is a fast-paced clinical environment with a dynamic team. Emphasis is placed on maintaining a positive work environment, fostering comradery and encouraging professional development.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life of people with pain. Achieving personalized pain management will transform care, while dedication to our guiding principles enriches the lives of our team members and those in the community.

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.


40% - Perform data management, data cleaning, and quality control (including complex survey building to account for skip patterns and changes over time; verifying participant information/identification and amending discrepancies; evaluating data to verify survey structure; downloading, merging/appending, and cleaning multiple datasets including variable scoring; preparing datasets for analysis). Generate documentation of the procedures performed. 

20% - Manage study data collection platforms (Qualtrics and REDCap), including updating the survey tool, documenting changes to the survey, and preparing data downloads for records and participant follow-up.

20% - Work with Staff to develop and implement new systems, protocols, and project materials. 

20% - Conduct analysis of study data (producing and double-checking descriptive statistics, conducting t-test and ANOVAs, and tabular/visual summarization of results) for presentations, reports, and publications. 

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years of experience with data management. Extensive experience building databases in REDCap and Qualtrics survey project building. Stata, SAS, and/or R programming experience. Strong data management skills. Demonstrated interpersonal skills and strong oral and written communication. Experience conducting systematic reviews. Additional attributes that will be helpful for this role include having strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and a willingness to be flexible and take on challenges. 

Desired Qualifications*

Masters degree or currently in a Masters program preferred. 

Background Screening

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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.

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

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