Research Technician Associate

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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.


The Rahman research laboratory in the UM department of Psychiatry/Research Program on Cognition and Neuromodulation-Based Interventions (RP-CNBI) is recruiting a full-time Research Technician Associate. The emphasis of this research position is on the administration of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and biomarker health education and neuropsychological testing as part of efforts to develop culturally informed AD risk disclosure protocols. The broader emphasis of this laboratory is to develop tools to address racial-ethnic health disparities in AD assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. This laboratory is part of the RP-CNBI, which focuses on non-pharmacologic interventions for cognitive decline.


The successful candidate must be able to operate in a semi-independent manner to assist in clinical research and related projects. The candidate will be expected to work closely with faculty and staff at the RP-CNBI and Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (MADRC) to accomplish study-specific and lab management tasks. These will include preparation and management of Institutional Review Board applications, amendments, and reports, compliance and regulatory management reporting, recruitment and screening of participants, completion of study sessions with participants and caregivers, and database management and analysis. It is also expected that the candidate is able to administer and score standardized behavioral and cognitive tests and interviews with research participants across the lifespan. In particular, the RA will meet with participants with cognitive impairment and their families to complete educational counseling and decision-making assessment using standardized materials and tools. The successful candidate will also assist with the creation of posters, papers, and presentations for scientific meetings, and participate in professional development activities and grant preparation as capable. Given the emphasis on community-based and person-centered outcomes research, the successful candidate will be expected to assist with community engagement and support efforts.

Required Qualifications*

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Biology, Neuroscience, Public Health, or a related health science discipline, or equivalent experience. Some previous experience with database management and analysis is expected.  

Specific required characteristics also include:

  • Available to work full-time, standard work week hours; flexibility to work rare evenings 
  • Available to participate in research activities in both Ann Arbor (primary) and Detroit (occasional) UM locations
  • Computer proficiency (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and EndNote)
  • Experience with basic statistical processing programs (i.e., SPSS or R)
  • Confident, highly motivated, positive, and responsible
  • Outstanding organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail in record-keeping
  • Professional demeanor and excellent interpersonal and communication skills; comfort working with individuals of diverse backgrounds
  • Proven ability to work independently with minimal supervision. 
  • Ability to work with diverse teams of people in a diplomatic, collaborative and effective manner
  • Ability to problem-solve and establish timelines and priorities

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in clinical research with face-to-face participant interaction is strongly preferred, as is experience with clinical trials.  Individuals with expertise, experience, or interest working with minoritized populations and/or older adults would be the ideal fit for this project.
  • Interest in community engagement, outreach, and advocacy are preferred.
  • Strong clinical skills and superior verbal and written communication are desired.  
  • Experience working with older adults with cognitive impairment and/or psychological disorders, who come from diverse racial-ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Experience with neuropsychological test administration and scoring, semi-structured interview administration and coding
  • Investment in community engagement and outreach
  • Qualitative research experience
  • Research experience with investigator-initiated and federally sponsored studies
  • Research experience with clinical trials implementation and reporting
  • Experience with statistical analyses and interpretation using SPSS, R, SAS, or SPM
  • Demonstrated understanding of Good Clinical Practice and HIPAA.
  • PEERRS or CITI Program certified.

Work Schedule

Mondays through Fridays, 8:00AM-4:30PM with flexibility for occasional evenings for community events or to accommodate participant schedules.

Work Locations

In person at the Arbor Lakes complex on the Ann Arbor Campus; occasional work at the University of Michigan Detroit Center

Additional Information

For more information about the Research Program on Cognition & Neuromodulation Based Interventions, please see

Background Screening

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In addition to the screenings indicated above under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for 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.


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Vaccine Requirements

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

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