Posting: Student Research Assistant/Technician - WSU Center for Social Work Research

November 28, 2022

Job Description
The Center for Social Work Research Student Research Assistant or non-student Research Technician 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. There are currently special opportunities to exercise interpersonal skills through conducting interviews and focus groups on individual projects. There is also the opportunity to work on a State-funded substance use grant doing tasks such as data entry and reporting.

Duties include:

  • Provide SSW faculty/staff and external clients research support on a variety of projects through tasks such as literature searches, data entry and coding, data analysis, visualization and reporting, online surveys, transcription of audio, and some recruitment of research participants.
  • Create and program surveys to be utilized for SSW assessments and Research Center purposes (Remark and Qualtrics).
  • Administer surveys and conduct interviews and focus groups to SSW students and external clients in the community.
  • Assist in data processing and analysis using SPSS, Excel, Qualtrics, Remark, and other software as needed.
  • Assist in the preparation of user-friendly reports and data visualizations for internal SSW administrators and external clients.
  • Assist with Research Center website content and editing.
  • Interact with Wayne State students about Research Center opportunities.


  • Experience with Microsoft products such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with SPSS preferred
  • Completion of at least one Research, Research Methods and/or Research Statistics course
  • Ability to learn computer applications quickly
  • Detail-oriented and organized, with excellent time-management skills
  • Ability to work between remote and in-person settings, including on and off campus
  • Ability to work in collaboration with supervisors and coworkers
  • Available to work during the summer and the school year

The position:

  • Part-time hourly for 15-20 hours per week with no benefits. 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 and community work will be required (5447 Woodward Ave., Metro Detroit Area)
  • Hours can be worked Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Evening, weekend, and flex hours are negotiable
  • Compensation: $16.00/hourly
  • Incoming or current WSU Social Work students are given preference
  • Students with more than 1 year remaining in program are given preference

If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to Kendra Wells (, Research Center Manager. Include your social work program, graduation date, experience with SPSS and other research, and availability in your cover letter.

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