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.
The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) seeks a skilled and highly self-motivated individual to support multiple faculty principal investigators (PIs) in grant funded research projects. Sample projects may include, but are not limited to (prior knowledge or experience in these topic areas is not required):
Exploring the views of patients, researchers, and healthcare administrators regarding engaging diverse and underserved communities in big data research to promote health equity
An intervention that aims to increase and sustain the number and impact of women in leadership positions in academic medicine
An evaluation of a nationwide program to support young faculty members facing caregiving challenges while engaging in clinical research
The ethical, legal, and social implications of health data sharing
*Please note this is a term-limited position for 1-2 years with the possibility of extension based on the availability of funds and need. If not renewed at the end of the term, the appointment will not be eligible for Reduction in Force (RIF) benefits.
*Work location: This position’s responsibilities may be completed remotely or hybrid (mix of in-person and remote) based on operational needs and individual constraints.
Michigan Medicine values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to the development of a positive and inclusive environment.
The Research Specialist will coordinate with the PIs and research teams in planning, implementing, organizing, and reporting project activities. Using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, the Research Specialist will conduct data collection and verification, perform data analysis, and interpret results. This position may entail working on multiple projects with multiple investigators. Responsibilities include:
Track project aims and progress, comparing it against project timelines and benchmarks to maintain project standards
Manage meeting schedules and project timelines for research project teams and take detailed meeting minutes
Prepare documents for human subjects approval, including informed consent documents, institutional review board (IRB) applications, amendments and continuing reviews, as well as data use agreements
Data collection & analysis:
Oversee, conduct, and lead analysis of qualitative research projects including: development of interview guides, conducting semi-structured interviews, facilitating focus groups, qualitative coding, and thematic analysis
Coordinate and conduct data collection activities including screening, recruitment, enrollment, and retention of research participants at health clinics, online, by mail, or phone
Develop and pilot-test quantitative survey instruments
Administer surveys in person, online, by mail, or phone
Coordinate with other institutions and health clinics on research collaborations and data collection
Assist with quantitative survey data analysis and interpretation of results
Develop working protocols, data collection forms, and tracking databases in Qualtrics, REDCap, Excel, and Access
Track research participants and maintain timely, accurate, and detailed study records, ensuring compliance with study protocol
Oversee and conduct data management tasks such as entering and cleaning data
Research, recommend, and purchase equipment, supplies, and services
Coordinate the payment of research participants
Assist with the dissemination of results and outreach to the community, partnering organizations, and policy makers
Draft, proofread, and edit documents, including manuscripts sections, presentations, and grant progress reports
Conduct literature searches and summarize the medical literature on specific topics, as relevant to existing grants and development of new ones
Prepare manuscript submissions, revisions, and proofs, ensuring adherence to formatting guidelines
Help to ensure submission of manuscripts to PubMed (via NIHMS), as needed, to ensure Public Access Compliance
The ideal candidate will show personal initiative in managing work assignments by organizing, independently prioritizing work, and completing tasks while meeting deadlines. This role requires someone who is responsive on email to accommodate time-sensitive requests from busy faculty/clinician investigators (e.g. quick turnaround on manuscript revisions/proofs, IRB submissions, etc.). The ability to work independently as well as part of a team and regularly exercise sound judgment in the execution of research protocols is a must. We are seeking candidates who fully understand the issues of confidentiality and privacy in the conduct of research. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail are required.
Bachelor’s Degree in a field of social science (e.g. anthropology, psychology, sociology, social work, public health)
4-5 years of human subjects research experience, preferably on federally/foundation funded contracts and/or grants
Previous experience or training in qualitative research methods or user-centered design
Demonstrated previous experience and proficiency in qualitative interviewing
Previous experience or training in social science data collection methods and survey research
Previous experience with survey programming in Qualtrics and database creation and management
Master’s Degree in a field of social science (e.g. anthropology, psychology, sociology, social work, public health)
Previous experience with behavioral interventions and/or intervention research
Previous experience developing, preparing, and submitting grant proposals for consideration by state/federal agencies or private foundations
Previous experience co-authoring manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication
Previous experience and proficiency using data analysis software for qualitative data (i.e. MaxQDA, NVivo, or Dedoose) and quantitative data (i.e. SAS, Stata, or SPSS)
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.
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.
The mission of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) is to be the premier intellectual gathering place of clinicians, social scientists, bioethicists, and all others interested in improving individual and societal health through scholarship and service. CBSSM is a "home" for anyone interested in using empiracal social science methods to improve health care decisions and the ethical practice of medicine. Visit our website at http://cbssm.med.umich.edu/ for more information about our Center.
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