Posting: Research Technician Position Center for Social Work Research, School of Social Work Wayne State University

March 17, 2021

Job Description

The Center for Social Work Research Student Research Assistant works with a team of students and research technicians to support various School of Social Work (SSW) faculty and staff and external clients with a variety of research projects.


  • Provide research support to faculty through data analysis (with SPSS and Excel), literature searches, data entry and coding, creating data visualizations, online survey software, and transcription of narrative interviews. 
  • Create surveys to be utilized for School of Social Work assessments and other School of Social Work purposes.
  • Program surveys into questionnaire formats (Remark and Qualtrics).
  • Administer surveys, conduct interviews and focus groups to School of Social Work students and external clients.
  • Assist in data processing and analysis using Remark, SPSS, Qualtrics and Excel.
  • Assist in the preparation of user-friendly reports for internal School of Social Work administrators and external clients.
  • Assist with Research Center website content entry.
  • Assist with Research Center database management.


  • Experience working on social science research projects.
  • Experience with SPSS.
  • Completion of at least one Research, Research Methods and/or Research Statistics course required.
  • Comfortable with a variety of computer programs.
  • Ability to learn computer applications quickly.
  • Detail-oriented and organized, with excellent time-management skills.
  • Master of Social Work degree preferred but not required.

The position:
Part-time hourly, 20-35 hours per week with no benefits.

  • Located in the School of Social Work.
  • As of March 2021, working remotely.
  • Hours can be worked Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm. Evening and weekend hours are negotiable.
  • This is a temporary position lasting for 6 months with the possibility of extending to 1 year if the employee is a good fit and chooses to do so.
  • Compensation: $15.00/hour

If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to Kendra Wells (, Manager of Research Support. Please make sure to include any social work relevant experience, your experience with SPSS, and availability in your cover letter.

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