Research Area Specialist Assoc- Term Limited

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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 Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine seeks a skilled and highly self-motivated individuals to support a faculty investigator in grant funded research projects. Sample projects may include, but are not limited to (prior knowledge or experience in these topic areas is not required): 

  • surveys of clinicians to improve rural VA care
  • systematic literature reviews, surveys, and interviews to understand and reduce disparities in intensive care 
  • interviews to understand the development and organization of post-COVID clinics 
  • interviews and surveys of clinicians, Veterans, and caregivers to improve family-centered care in ICUs

Michigan Medicine values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to the development of a positive and inclusive environment.

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.



  • Develop standard operating procedures for specific projects
  • Track project aims and progress, comparing it against project timelines and benchmarks to maintain project standards
  • Manage meeting schedules and project timelines for diverse research project teams
  • May supervise research and support personnel, including training, assignment of tasks, and ensuring adherence to project timelines and standards
  • Prepare documents for human subjects approval, including informed consent forms, institutional review board (IRB) applications, amendments and continuing reviews, in a timely manner and in accordance with all regulations
  • Plan and coordinate site visits to national hospitals for team of 2-3 researchers


  • Develop and pilot-test quantitative survey instruments
  • Develop and pilot-test qualitative interview, focus group, and group deliberation guides 
  • Develop working protocols, data collection forms, and tracking databases in Qualtrics, REDCap, and Excel
  • Coordinate and conduct data collection and evaluation activities, including recruitment and enrollment of research participants and administration of surveys in person, online, by mail, or phone
  • Conduct semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and group deliberations 


  • Track research participants and maintain accurate and detailed study records 
  • Oversee and conduct data management tasks such as entering and cleaning data


  • Assist with qualitative coding and analysis of interviews, focus groups, and group deliberations
  • Assist with quantitative survey data analysis and interpretation of results


  • Perform financial management activities including monitoring of project expenditures to ensure adherence to project budget 
  • Research, recommend, and purchase equipment and supplies 
  • Coordinate the payment of research participants


  • Design and develop scientific figures to broadly disseminate results to stakeholders
  • Assist with the dissemination of results and outreach to the community, partnering organizations, and policy makers
  • Draft, proofread, and edit documents, including manuscripts sections, presentations, and reports
  • Conduct literature searches and summarize the medical literature on specific topics, as relevant to existing grants and development of new ones


  • May assist with writing grant proposals and coordinating activities necessary for timely submission of grant proposals with various departments 
  • May prepare internal documents required for submission of research grants including preparing grant budgets and budget justifications


  • This position may involve some work in the evenings or weekends
  • This position may involve travel throughout the state of Michigan and nationally

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelors Degree in a field of social science (e.g. anthropology, psychology, sociology, social work, public health) 
  • 1+ years of human subjects research experience
  • Previous experience or training in social science data collection methods and survey research
  • Previous experience and proficiency in collecting, managing, and conducting analysis of quantitative and qualitative research data
  • Flexibility in scheduling, as some evening or weekend hours may be required
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to recruit and interact regularly with research participants

Desired Qualifications*

  • Masters Degree in a field of social science (e.g. anthropology, psychology, sociology, social work, public health) 
  • Previous experience managing the day-to-day operations of one or more moderately complex research projects 
  • Previous experience and proficiency in collecting, managing, and conducting analysis of quantitative and qualitative research data
  • Previous financial management experience with sponsored (e.g. grant funded) awards
  • Previous supervisory experience 
  • Previous experience developing, preparing, and submitting grant proposals for consideration by state/federal agencies or private foundations, including developing grant budget proposals 
  • Previous experience co-authoring manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication
  • Previous experience and proficiency using qualitative and quantitative data analysis software programs (i.e. NVivo, MAXQDA, Atlas, Dedoose, Stata, SAS, or R).

Additional Information

This is a term limited position, with annual renewal based on availability of funding and performance.  At the end of the stated term, your appointment will terminate, and will not be eligible for Reduction-in-Force (RIF) benefits.  This term-limited appointment does not create a contract or guarantee of employment for any period of time as you will remain subject to disciplinary or other performance measures, up to and including termination, at the will of the University in accordance with existing University policy and standards for employee performance and conduct.

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.

Vaccine Requirements

COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all students, faculty and staff working in the following areas: Michigan Medicine including the Medical School, Dental School, University Health Service or the Mary A. Rackham Institute.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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