Research Assistant I (Temp)

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How to Apply

A cover letter is required to be considered 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 experiences that directly relate to the position. Please include contact information for at least three references.


In this position, you will work on an NIH-funded research project examining stress and well-being in the everyday lives of caregivers of persons living with dementia. Under supervision, you will recruit, screen, conduct baseline interviews and cognitive assessments. You will also administer the protocol required to train study respondents on how to use study equipment. Responsibilities will also include data collection, setting up and refurbishment of study equipment as well as the maintenance of study records. 

The ideal candidate is interested in working with study participants, working with technological devices and data, and participating in a multi-disciplinary research team.

Temporary position, between 10 and 30 hours a week, must be available weekdays, evenings and weekends as needed.

Who We Are

The Aging and Biopsychosocial Innovations Program is part of the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research (ISR). The overall purpose of this research program is to understand how stress and social contexts affect health and the biopsychosocial factors that account for those links. We seek to foster a multidisciplinary collaboration that capitalizes on advances in mobile technology and biopsychosocial methods to gain better understanding of social, psychological and biological factors influencing healthy aging.


  • Recruit & screen potential subjects via telephone and face to face interactions with local organizations and health care providers
  • Schedule and consent research participants
  • Conduct interviews and training sessions with study participants via phone/Zoom
  • Manage subject records
  • Offload data and set-up study equipment (portable heart rate and blood pressure monitors, android phones)
  • Conduct phone calls with participants to troubleshoot any study issues
  • Assist with other study related tasks including mailings, equipment cleaning, data monitoring

Required Qualifications*

  • Experience working with Human Subjects in a research context
  • Experience with research protocols
  • Experience working in a team-based environment
  • Flexibility in schedule, including weekdays, evenings and weekends, between 10 and 30 hours per week
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Computer skills - word processing, Google workspace
  • Ability to complete some work tasks remotely in the Ann Arbor area
  • Ability to complete some work tasks, as required, at University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (426 Thompson St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104)
  • Strong attention to detail

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, cognitive science, or related field
  • Experience working with technological devices
  • Basic statistics skills, specifically SPSS

Additional Information

Successful candidates will be willing to support the research life-cycle, are technologically literate, interested in problem solving and enjoy working with an interdisciplinary team of people to accomplish the required work.

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen 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 any time after the minimum posting period has ended. Applications will be reviewed as received, and we expect that the short-listed finalists for the position will be interviewed on a rolling basis.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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