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The Food and Addiction Science and Treatment (FAST) lab in the University of Michigan Department of Psychology is seeking a full-time research assistant for a NIDA-funded research project. The aim of this research is to understand how ultra-processed foods impact reward-functioning, mood, and well-being using cutting-edge technology (e.g., neuroimaging, continuous glucose monitoring, ecological momentary assessment) and experimental designs with human subjects.  Employees will receive training on these scientific methods.

The research assistant will work under the supervision of Dr. Ashley Gearhardt. They will join a team of graduate and undergraduate researchers and have opportunities to collaborate on numerous research projects focused on the impact of ultra-processed foods on mental health and well-being.

The research assistant will participate in many different research-related activities, running participants, and collecting and organizing neuroimaging and mobile technology data. The application is for a one-year position that is renewable, contingent on performance and continued grant funding. This position is suitable for candidates interested in growing a competitive research record for preparation for graduate school in psychology or in related fields of neuroscience, public health, or social work. The research assistant will have opportunities to develop methodological, statistical, and writing skills.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.


  • Recruiting potential participants

  • Screening participants for eligibility

  • Communicating with and scheduling participants

  • Running human participants through protocols that include neuroimaging, mobile technology, and experimental designs in a simulated fast-food restaurant

  • Assisting the PI and research coordinator in manipulating, computing, and analyzing data using statistical computer software

  • Working with the research coordinator on evaluating research methods, procedures, and techniques based on established objectives

  • Basic data management procedures

  • Partnering with graduate students, and undergraduates on research projects

  • Adhering to the highest ethical standard when conducting research

Required Qualifications*

  • High school diploma or Associate’s degree and 1-2 years of experience in a research environment

  • Experience conducting research, particularly with human subjects

  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, both oral and written

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree or combination of equivalent education and experience.

  • Experience carrying a research project through from conceptualization to reporting

  • Knowledge of survey platforms (e.g., Qualtrics)

  • Willingness to travel to various on and off-campus locations for purposes of the research study

Additional Information

  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled

  • This position is term-limited to one year with the possibility of renewal. The aim is to renew the position for at least 2 years (and potentially up to 4 years or more), as the role will require large amounts of training. Preference will be given to candidates that are interested in a multi-year commitment.

  • The exact start date may be flexible but would ideally be in January 2023

  • This is an in-person role, but some remote working days may be available.

  • This position is benefits-eligible and includes paid vacation.

  • The salary range for this position is $31,200 to $37,000; please note a higher salary may be offered based on equity and the selected candidate's experience.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.

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Contact Information

Please contact Jacob Foster ( if you have any questions about 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.

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

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