Posting: Research Associate - U of M Department of Psychiatry

April 4, 2023


The University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry is looking for an ambitious, responsible, and detail-oriented candidate to join our growing team with the potential to work on multiple research projects examining important research issues surrounding mental health, substance use, and intervention delivery.

The Research Associate in this role will engage in a variety of participant-facing, administrative, and coordination tasks. In.Reach aims to evaluate an 8-session telemedicine-delivered MI-CBT treatment intervention for alcohol use disorder.

As a Clinical Subjects Associate, you will screen and recruit participants and make sure that accurate and timely data is collected from participants throughout this large-scale project.

This position is a great opportunity to learn more about the human subjects research process from start to finish, gain experience in 1:1 civilian and Veteran participant contact, and expand knowledge on substance use and mental health treatment.

As a part of Michigan Medicine, this position comes with vast learning opportunities and competitive benefits.

We are an outgoing, curious team and we are looking forward to growing!


  • Knowledge of all 8 competency domains is expected:
    • 1.Scientific Concepts and Research Design
    • 2.Ethical Participant Safety Considerations
    • 3.Investigational Products Development and Regulation
    • 4.Clinical Study Operations (GCPs)
    • 5.Study and Site Management
    • 6.Data Management and Informatics
    • 7.Leadership and Professionalism
    • 8.Communication and Teamwork

Position Specific responsibilities for this Research Associate will include:

  • Majority of responsibilities surrounding participant-facing activating including:
    • Engaging in the participant recruitment, screening, and informed consent process (electronic, phone, and in-person when necessary).
    • Completing baseline and follow-up assessments with participants (electronic, phone, and in-person, when necessary), with a particular focus on retaining enrolled participants.
  • Reviewing electronic medical records to identify eligible study participants and maintain strict confidentiality of patient’s personal identifiable information.
  • Data collection in the form of surveys and interviews
  • Performing thorough risk assessments per study protocols
  • Working and training on other projects within the larger lab

Additional responsibilities include

data entry, remuneration and mailing, developing and maintaining project records, participating in team meetings and trainings and coordination of daily study tasks as needed to carry out the study.

As a critical component to the success of the study, the primary responsibility of this role will focus heavily on building rapport, participant engagement, and encouraging participants to complete research activities

Required Qualifications

Educational & Experiential Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED is necessary.

Other Requirements:

  • Strong rapport building skills needed to engage and recruit participants over a variety of platforms (phone, text, email, in-person).
  • Excellent organizational skills, professionalism, attention to detail, ability to work independently but also within a team.
  • Able to cultivate relations with multiple personalities.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines are all a must.
  • Ability to adhere to strict confidentiality guidelines.
  • Flexibility in order to meet project goals and deadlines.
  • This project will serve a widespread and vulnerable population. Ability to work with a diverse range of participants is required.

Desired Qualifications

Desired Educational & Experiential Qualities:

  • Associate Degree in Health Science or an equivalent combination of related education and experience is desirable.

Other desired qualities:

  • An understanding of medical terminology, experience in a large complex health care setting, ability to effectively communicate with staff and faculty of all levels, and knowledge of university policies and procedures is desirable.
  • A background in research methods and/or clinical settings.
  • Experience using MS Excel, Access, Qualtrics and REDCap is preferred.
  • Experience in customer facing positions.
  • Previous experience working with Veterans and with substance use populations is preferred, but not required.
  • Flexibility in meeting project deadlines and goals.
  • Strong ability to problem-solve is highly desired.
  • Ability to maneuver throughout technology and remote communication.

Work Schedule

Each Research Associate will be responsible for completing a schedule consisting of 40 hours a week held within 5 days.

Our typical workday is either 9am to 5pm or 8am to 4pm based on manager’s approval.

Some weekend or evening shifts will be needed to meet the goals/needs of the research grants.

Flexible hours are available for staff while we work remotely for participant-facing activities only or based on manager discretion and approval.

Work Locations

Our team is currently expected to work a hybrid model, with at least 1 day per week working from the Ann Arbor North Campus Research Complex office. This is subject to change based on participant/grant needs or institutional policies. (Completely remote positions offered for candidates living 60 miles away from the office)

Additional Information

Michigan Medicine is firmly committed to advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and belonging, which are core to the culture and values of the Medical School Office of Research. Our community supports recruiting and cultivating a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan and the world. We strive to create a work culture where each team member feels respected, valued, and safe.

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. In addition to the screenings indicated above under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

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. E-Verify The University of Michigan participates with the federal EVerify system. Individuals hired into positions that are funded by a federal contract with the FAR EVerify clause must have their identity and work eligibility confirmed by the EVerify system. This position is identified as a position that may include the EVerify requirement.

Vaccine Requirements

COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all students, faculty and staff working in the following areas: Michigan Medicine including the Medical School, Dental School, University Health Service or the Mary A. Rackham Institute. This includes those working remotely and temporary workers. More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response. U-M EEO/AA Statement The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U of M Research Associate 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 Contact

Carly Brin, LMSW (She/Her) Research Area Specialist

University of Michigan School of Medcine Center for Clinical Management Research


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