Posting: Research Assistant- The Center for Social Work Research - Wayne State University

June 15, 2022

Job Description

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

Duties include:

  • Provide SSW faculty/staff and external clients research support on a variety of projects through use of SPSS, literature searches, data entry and coding, data analysis, visualization and reporting, online surveys, and transcription of narrative interviews
  • Create and program surveys to be utilized for SSW assessments and Research Center purposes (Remark and Qualtrics)
  • Administer surveys, conduct interviews and focus groups to SSW students and external clients
  • Assist in data processing and analysis using Remark, SPSS, Qualtrics, and Excel
  • Assist in the preparation of user-friendly reports and data visualizations for internal SSW administrators and external clients
  • Assist with Research Center website content entry


  • Experience working on social science research projects
  • Experience with SPSS
  • Experience with Microsoft products such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • 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
  • Ability to work between remote and in-person settings
  • Ability to work in collaboration with supervisors and coworkers
  •  Available to work during the summer and the school year
  •  Incoming or current WSU Social Work students are given preference
  • Students with more than 1 year remaining in program are given preference

The position:

  •  Part-time hourly for 15-20 hours per week with no benefits.

For students:

  • When in classes full-time, students are able to work a maximum of 20 hours.
  • Students are eligible for additional hours in spring/summer semesters
  • Shifts range from 4-8 hours per shift
  • Currently offering hybrid schedules; some in-office work will be required (5447 Woodward Ave.)
  • Hours can be worked Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm. Evening, weekend, and flex hours are negotiable
  • Compensation: $16.00/hourly

If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to Kendra Wells (, Manager of Research Support. Include your social work program, graduation date (if applicable), experience with SPSS, and availability in your cover letter.

Kendra Wells,

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