Research Tech Intermediate, Department of Psychiatry and Depression Center

Michigan, United States
09 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
10 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

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.

Job Summary

The Bipolar Research Team in the Department of Psychiatry and Depression Center carries out research in bipolar disorder. We collect extensive clinical data on research participants and maintain an ongoing relationship with the participating subjects during follow-up that blends neuroimaging, neuroendocrine, voice signal and treatment outcomes with the genetic research to provide clues as to how each individual should be treated.

The Bipolar Research Team maintains research data for several projects that intersect, including the large-scale longitudinal study of approximately 1,300 participants over 12 years and growing. This includes clinical, genetic and voice data capture and storage repositories. A wide variety of data capture methods and data storage locations are in use, predominantly REDCap, but also flat file systems and AWS databases. The legacy systems behind these studies will continue forward with further development of methods for data capture, data evaluation, and data storage.

This position will support the operation of all existing data capture and data storage systems, as well as participate in further development of data capture tools, and streamlining of existing processes and repositories. The successful application will ensure that all data transmission, algorithms/tools/stores used will comply with Federal law and UM policies, particularly regarding HIPAA and privacy of patient data.


  • Provide assistance in manipulating, computing and analyzing data as well as providing a wide variety of moderately complex to complex technical support for a large research team to include:
  • A voice-based data collection system whose components exist on mobile devices, on the cloud, and in on-premise jobs and data storage, and in particular evaluate and record voice data signals found in existing voice files. Participate in the further development of this system to capture required data and provide necessary functionality.
  • Legacy heterogenous data and data collection systems, both on premise and on the cloud.
  • Data movement scripts/jobs to allow for the centralization of the data into one data store using consistent and complementary algorithms and tools.
  • Ongoing use and further development of data capture forms and algorithms in the existing REDCap system.
  • Data extrapolation from legacy data stores, with preliminary analysis via Excel and/or Python+Pandas.
  • Creation of standardized and organized documentation about both legacy and new systems.
  • Continuing development of data quality checking tools/methods, along with any associated data cleanup.
  • Future IT and bioinformatics research tools, applications and the like, as deemed necessary.

Required Qualifications*

  • Medical data, particularly clinical data and genetic data.
  • Voice activation and valence evaluation algorithms.
  • Software development using Python and Pandas.
  • Python/Pandas programming skills.
  • Linux navigation and scripting, including AWK/SED/Perl.
  • Relational database queries and data loading.
  • Communication (written and verbal) and organization skills.
  • REDCap configuration and API programming would be helpful.
  • An Associate’s degree and 2 years experience

Desired Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and/or Engineering.
  • Mental Health research experience.
  • Programming experience
  • Basic research analysis methods/tools (SPSS, Excel, R)
  • Ability and desire to collaborate with your own and other teams, to support application development / deployment, and to integrate data sources.

Work Schedule

Monday –Friday: 9am-5pm

Work Locations

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

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

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.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job 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.