Research Associate

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We are seeking applicants for a full-time research associate to support ongoing studies for Dr. Soo-Eun Chang at the Rachel Upjohn Building in Ann Arbor. The position involves coordination of multiple ongoing research studies which use fMRI and EEG to investigate the neurophysiological bases of childhood brain development and speech disorders such as stuttering.


The candidate will work in 3 broadly defined areas on our research team

  1. Clinical and experimental data collection. The candidate will communicate with participants and families, develop, recommend, and implement improvements to testing procedures, supervise students on speech-language transcripts and testing. Collects experimental data on assigned projects and trains other staff on these procedures. 
  2. Coordinate mobile research program. Schedule, plan, and provide general oversight of all mobile research activities (including staff and student supervision) with the study team?s research van. This includes community outreach (speech screenings for the public, in-services, community engagement/talks), and research data collection. Create and maintain protocols related to these procedures. 
  3. Clinical and administrative data management. Assist in development and maintenance of study research databases (e.g., REDCap), maintains IRBs, supervises data entry, creates protocol documents, and ensures compliance with best practices in these areas.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor's Degree.
  • at least 1 year experience with speech and language research is required.
  • Experience working with children and previous experience on a research team is required.
  • Experience with data collection and data management (e.g., REDCap, Qualtrics, or similar) is also required.
  • The candidate must exhibit reliability, great attention to detail, ability to work well in a team and provide support to teammates, show excellent attendance and flexibility, be responsive and demonstrate ability to problem solve and take initiative; manage priorities independently; provide excellent customer-service and communication.  
  • Flexibility in schedule to accommodate study participant visits (often families with children) is important.

Desired Qualifications*

  • A master's degree in Speech Language Pathology. 
  • Certification as a speech-language pathologist (clinical fellows who have completed their fellowship year and are awaiting certification are also desireable).
  • 2+ years of research, experience with community outreach

Work Schedule

Weekdays, some late afternoons on weekdays (approximately 3-8pm); some weekends.

Work Locations

Rachel Upjohn Building, 4250 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI.

Additional Information

Michigan Medicine is firmly committed to advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and belonging, which are core to the culture and values of the Medical School Office of Research. Our community supports recruiting and cultivating a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan and the world. We strive to create a work culture where each team member feels respected, valued, and safe. 

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