Research Area Specialist Senior

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How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following as one document : 1) a cover letter detailing previous research and analysis experience and interest in this position, and 2) a current CV.


The data team lead is responsible for overseeing our data management team and study databases from multiple influenza and arboviral field studies. This involves supervision of up to 5 data managers and multiple student data managers. The data team is responsible for data cleaning, maintaining study databases, preparing datasets and analysis. The team lead interfaces with international and domestic collaborators, co-authors papers, and offers opportunity to travel both internationally and domestically.


  • Oversee data management and data management team supervising multiple employees and participate in project analyses. 
  • Create or update detailed system documentation including documentation of program code, research guides for projects, data dictionaries, and systems or functional processes.
  • Coordinate with study sites, including international sites. Assist PI in research presentations and development of study manuscripts.
  • Work with other research staff, students and trainees helping guide research activities and analysis. Select samples for collaborative projects. Track project progress, goals and deliverables. Participate in writing progress reports and research proposals.
  • Conduct data management tasks including the completion of analysis ready datasets collected through several ongoing studies on viral diseases including SARS-CoV-2 and influenza.
  • Other research duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

Master's degree in public health, social science or related field with 5-6 or more years experience in data management; experience with  SAS and Microsoft Access.  Excellent skills in written and oral communications, organization and planning; supervisory, interpersonal and management skills necessary for interaction with staff in multiple locations;  able to work independently and as a team member; proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, such as Word and Excel.  Strong research and writing background and skills. Supervisory experience is required.

Desired Qualifications*

Doctoral degree preferred. Experience in infectious disease and population-based research is preferred. R or other coding language experience. Applicants are encouraged to describe their experience with data and research project management in the application cover letter. Spanish language ability a plus. Able and willing to travel to foreign and domestic research sites when needed.

Work Locations

Staff member is eligible to work from home at least 1 day per week. After successfully completing 3 months an assessment will be completed to determine eligibility for working from home for up to 50% of the time.

Additional Information

This is a term-limited appointment that will end one year from appointment start date, with the potential for an extension depending upon available research funding and performance.

Michigan Public Health is seeking a dynamic staff member with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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