Posting: University of Michigan - RESEARCH ASST I (TEMP)

January 11, 2022


In this position, you will work on an NIH-funded research project examining health and well-being of persons with substance use disorder in Michigan using an innovative network-based recruitment method. Under supervision, you will recruit, screen and administer interviews. You will also implement the protocol required to screen study respondents on their eligibility and to distribute financial incentives. Responsibilities will also include data collection, setting up study sites as well as the communication with study participants. Data collection sites are located in Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, and St. Clair counties.

The ideal candidate is interested in working with study participants, working with technological devices and data, and participating in a multi-disciplinary research team.

Temporary position, between 10 and 30 hours a week, must be available weekdays, early mornings as needed.

Mission Statement

The Survey Methodology Program (SMP) is a research program within the Survey Research Center (SRC) at the Institute for Social Research (ISR). Since its inception in 1946, SRC has been an important source of innovation in survey research methodology. The SMP is seeking Research Assistants for The Project Positive Attitudes Towards Health (PATH). The overall purpose of the Project PATH is to collect research data from persons with substance use disorder in Michigan using an innovative network-based recruitment method. The project seeks to improve our methodological understanding about ways to collect data from substance users, leading to contributions on understanding about substance use disorder.


  • Recruit & screen potential subjects via telephone interactions
  • Schedule research participants and implement informed consent protocols
  • Conduct interviews via face to face and/or virtual interactions
  • Manage subject records
  • Set up study sites (office furniture, tablets, phones, respondent sanitizing supplies)
  • Conduct phone calls with participants to troubleshoot any study issues
  • Assist with other study related tasks including mailings, equipment cleaning, data monitoring
  • Comply with Covid-19 protocols

Required Qualifications*

  • Experience working with Human Subjects in a research context
  • Experience with research protocols
  • Experience working in a team-based environment
  • Flexibility in schedule, including weekdays, early mornings, between 10 and 30 hours per week
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Computer skills - word processing, Google workspace
  • Ability to complete work tasks in offices located in Southeast Michigan (Wayne, Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair counties)
  • Ability to complete a 2 to 3-day training in-person, as required, at University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (426 Thompson St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104)
  • Strong attention to detail

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, social work, or related field
  • Experience working with technological devices
  • Experience working with persons with substance use disorder

Additional Information

Job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen 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 any time after the minimum posting period has ended. Applications will be reviewed as received, and we expect that the short-listed finalists for the position will be interviewed on a rolling basis.

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.

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.

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