Research Area Specialist Associate

Michigan, United States
09 May 2019
End of advertisement period
07 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Part 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 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is currently seeking a Research Area Specialist Associate specializing in qualitative data collection and analysis. This position will be located at the department offices on Eisenhower Parkway in Ann Arbor. The employee will work under the supervision of faculty principal investigators and senior staff. This is a part-time, 20 hour, term-limited position, with the potential of increasing hours.

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.


Assist in the day-to-day operations of a number of research studies involving persons with spinal cord injuries. The associate will take a lead role on literature reviews, recruitment, coordination, and qualitative data collection and analysis, including coding in data analysis software. Perform screening and informed consent processes with participants, conduct qualitative semi-structured interviews as well as those with standardized survey measures, help coordinate and conduct focus groups, and implement data quality control measures. Ensure that all interactions with research participants and record keeping are in strict compliance with IRB regulations. Other responsibilities include IRB and other regulatory and data reporting, administration of project tasks, and assistance with various dissemination activities including presentations and publications.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's Degree in a social science related field (e.g. anthropology, psychology, sociology, others). 
  • 1-3 years of related work experience.
  • Proven skills in qualitative/survey data collection (i.e. telephone surveys; semi-structured interviews; focus groups) 
  • Proven skills in coding qualitative data using qualitative analysis software (i.e. NVivo, Atlas.ti). 
  • Ability to work and communicate with study team members, efficiently and responsibly. 
  • Ability to work and communicate with study subjects who have physical disabilities.
  • Comfort with talking about sensitive health issues with study participants. 
  • Software proficiency (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint). 
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills
  • Highly motivated, organized and independent person with excellent multi-tasking ability. 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s Degree in social science related field (e.g. anthropology, psychology, sociology, others).
  • Prior work experience in funded qualitative research studies, including study coordination/organization. 
  • Prior experience in qualitative and survey data collection (i.e. telephone surveys, semi-structured interviews) 
  • Prior work experience in qualitative data analysis (i.e. coding; theme and pattern identification). 
  • Prior work experience with NVivo and/or Atlas.ti qualitative data analysis software. 
  • Prior experience with the IRB process.
  • Prior experience with REDCap. 
  • Prior experience interacting with research participants in a clinical or clinical research setting. 
  • Prior experience working with people with disabilities in clinical, research or community settings. 
  • Experience with and knowledge of qualitative research design and methodological epistemology.

Work Schedule

Burlington Building.

Additional Information

This is a term-limited appointment.  At the end of the term, the appointment will terminate and will not be eligible for Reduction in Force (RIF) benefits.

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. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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