Posting: Full-time Clinical Research Assistants - University of Michigan

August 4, 2022


This posting is for two full-time clinical research assistants who will recruit and manage participants and conduct assessment for multiple research studies focused on alcohol use and alcohol use reduction.  A significant portion of the work will be focused on participant recruitment for a clinical trial of alcohol use treatments delivered before and after surgery for the Alcohol Screening and Preoperative Intervention Research (ASPIRE-2) Study. Other studies include recruitment and assessment of study participants to validate cutting edge data-science driven alcohol-use screening approaches. The research assistants will work with the principal investigator, study coordinator, and other members of the research teams at the University of Michigan.  The research assistant will play a role in, participant recruitment, participant retention, conducting assessments, as well as other research-related tasks.


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

Specific responsibilities will include subject recruitment, conducting patient assessments, data entry, database management, and other study related administration as assigned.

Required Qualifications

•    High School Diploma or GED
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills
•    Attention to detail and good organizational skills
•    Experience working with Microsoft Office products
•    Direct or educational experience of social science or health research, particularly with human subjects 
•    The candidate should be comfortable interacting with participants with alcohol use disorders (AUD)

Desired Qualifications

  • Associate Degree in Health Science or an equivalent combination of related education and experience is desirable.  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. 
  • Experience using MS Excel, REDCap, and Electronic Health Records is preferred.
  • Experience working with mental health or alcohol/substance use assessment or other clinically relevant job experience.
  • Experience working on grant-funded clinical trials
  • Experience recruiting for human subjects research
  • The successful candidate will be able to commit to this project for at least 2 years. Longer commitments of 4-5 years will be preferred.

Work Schedule

M-F 9 am to 5 pm. May require occasional evening hours if needed for study recruitment or assessment tasks.

Work Locations

Currently due to COVID-19, there is flexibility in the work local with most work occurring at home. Main study site is UM Ann Arbor North Campus

Additional Information

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

Background Screening

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.

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, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely.   More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.


Jake Solka, M.S. Research Area Specialist Associate

Department of Psychiatry

University of Michigan

Michigan Medicine


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