Research Area Specialist Intermediate

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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 related to this position. 


The Social Care in Chronic Disease Collaborative is seeking a skilled and highly motivated individual to serve as a Research Associate across multiple projects providing coordination and technical support. Projects include pilots, intervention studies, and large-scale evaluation projects focused on addressing chronic disease management, unmet social determinants of health, and financial burden with healthcare. The Research Associate will work in a team with 5 other staff. The Research Associate responsibilities will be primarily focused on IRB submission and management, facilitating university contracts for projects, working closely with investigators on project planning and execution, supervision of student research assistants, and data management and basic quantitative data analytic support. The Research Associate will collaborate with the team to ensure the smooth and efficient day-to-day operation of research and evaluation activities.

About Social Care in Chronic Disease Collaborative: Established in 2019, the Social Care in Chronic Disease Collaborative's mission is to advance the science on addressing social context in chronic disease management. The collaborative engages in interdisciplinary research and evaluation, working to translate research and innovations into clinical and public health practice and policy advancement.

About the Department: The position will be based in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education.  Driven by a shared passion for affecting lasting change, the faculty, students and staff of HBHE work in the pursuit of an equitable, healthy future for all. Turning theory and research into actionable practice, we develop interventions and innovations that promote health, prevent disease, and empower people to manage chronic illness and disabilities. Together, our academic community transforms the theoretical into actionable, the science into the social, applying our knowledge to eliminate health disparities and impact lives for the better.

What You'll Do

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead pilot projects (including leading project meetings, developing timelines/workplans, tracking deadlines, managing day-to-day operations)
  • Perform intermediate-level data management across multiple projects (including downloading data, cleaning data, finalizing datasets to be used in various statistical software programs, building codebooks, merging data, sharing data/data use agreements, descriptive data analysis)
  • Develop study protocols and procedures
  • Design data collection instruments (including surveys, interview guides)
  • Develop and manage IRB applications and other regulatory requirements
  • Facilitating university contracts and approvals for research projects
  • Assess project needs and identify necessary personnel
  • Collaborate with faculty, project partners, internal team members and students
  • Presenting progress and updates to the PI and investigators
  • Maintaining a high level of organization and proactive and professional communication


Skills You Have

  • A Master's degree in the field of Public Health or a related field, 4 to 5 years related work experience
  • Prior research and data management and experience coordinating research studies
  • Ability to manage responsibilities independently and take initiative to perform needed responsibilities within the identified scope of work while collaborating and maintaining clear and consistent communication with team and leadership
  • Demonstrated skills in basic quantitative research methods and quantitative analysis
  • Demonstrated skills of being detail-oriented, organized, and strong planning skills
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and strong presentation and meeting facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated experience interfacing with diverse collaborators and partners, and executive-level leadership, and representing the organization with professionalism and strong work ethic
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Qualtrics and SAS (other data analysis platforms okay) is preferred


Desired Qualifications*

  • Prior research and evaluation work experience
  • Prior research project coordination experience
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Experience using eResearch,, eRA Commons, etc.
  • Supervisory experience

Work Schedule

40 hours per week, Monday - Friday (Days)

Work Locations

  • School of Public Health Building I, 1415 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI
  • This position may be eligible for hybrid and/or flexible work opportunities at the discretion of the supervisors.  Flexible work agreements are reviewed annually and are subject to change dependent on the needs of the research group, throughout the course of employment.

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Additional Information

This is a Term-Limited position: two years from hire date with opportunity to renew.

We are seeking an experienced and 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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U-M EEO/AA Statement

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