Research Assistant

Michigan,United States
$18.00 – $20.00
01 May 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Jul 2019
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 University of Michigan School of Public Health is seeking Research Assistants to assist with data collection for school safety research project in Miami-Dade County Public Schools funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). This project is in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise Foundation.

Research assistants will work with the University of Michigan team to collect data from students and teachers at over 30 middle schools in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. We will have a 2-4 week period of intensive data collection each Fall and Spring (dates TBD) through Spring 2020. Research assistants must be available for a minimum of 15-20 hours per week during data collection.


  • Work in teams to travel to 2-3 schools per day throughout the Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • Work with classroom teachers to identify consented participants
  • Review assent form and administer survey to students on tablets or computers
  • Work with UM team to ensure data is uploaded daily to a secure drive

Required Qualifications*

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • One or more years of experience with public health or social science research
  • Ability to pass a background check to collect data in schools
  • Have reliable transportation (frequent travel to various sites)
  • Availability for evening events at schools (Preferred)
  • Fluency in Spanish or Haitian Creole (Preferred)

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ability to work independently and in teams
  • Comfort with communicating to large groups of people  
  • Ability to take direction and follow through on project tasks
  • Comfort with troubleshooting basic technology issues
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to lift 20 lbs and transport data collection materials to and from each school
  • Experience or interest in public health research and data collection
  • Experience working with youth or in a school setting

Additional Information

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

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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