Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
We are looking for a lead research assistant to assist study coordinators and investigators with federally-funded studies involving online and social media interventions aimed at preventing or reducing alcohol, cannabis, and/or other drug misuse among adolescents and emerging adults. The candidate will help coordinate efforts to monitor and qualitatively code intervention engagement and intervention fidelity across studies. They will also assist with a study-related tasks which could include: remote recruitment of participants into research studies, refining content for a new opioid-focused remote intervention, delivering intervention content using Motivational Interviewing (MI) principles, participant tracking, payment of participants, building and testing Qualtrics surveys and other administrative and scientific tasks (e.g., literature reviews, creating codebooks, data entry) as needed.
The candidate will have responsibilities across studies that will vary over time. They will be responsible for leading efforts for qualitative, manual coding of intervention content and engagement from a national Facebook-based group intervention for alcohol use and fidelity coding of remote brief intervention sessions targeting opioid misuse among young adults recruited from the Michigan Medicine Emergency Department. Other responsibilities may include: remote recruitment of participants into research studies, refining intervention content, verbal and written delivery of intervention content using Motivational Interviewing (MI) principles, participant tracking and payment, building and testing Qualtrics surveys and other administrative and scientific tasks (e.g., literature reviews, creating codebooks, data entry) as needed.
Our lab uses Motivational Interviewing in our intervention approaches and study interactions and the candidate will be responsible for demonstrating appropriate levels of proficiency with this approach after training, with ongoing supervision expected from expert clinicians. The candidate will also be responsible for: following established crisis protocols in the event that a participant is distressed; demonstrating cultural awareness when interacting with participants from diverse backgrounds; updating and utilizing project databases; and following all study protocols and procedures. This position entails a varying schedule where, during active study periods, the candidate will work some nights and weekends which are shared across staff in the lab. Additional study tasks may be assigned as needed.
Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, sociology, public health, or a related field and have at least 6 months of human subjects research experience post-bachelor’s
Applicant must be able to work independently for extended periods while maintaining effective communication and guidance from study coordinators and principal investigators
Flexibility to work day, evening, and some weekend hours is required
We are looking for someone who is organized, warm, empathic, detail-oriented, professional, efficient, flexible, and very familiar with technology-driven communication (e.g. video chats) and social media (i.e.- Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat)
The ideal candidate for this position will also be receptive to feedback and willing to grow in this position, which involves learning many new tasks
Candidate will be expected to be able to prioritize multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and adhere to strict confidentiality policies
Prior experience with Qualtrics and prior training in, delivery of, and coding of MI interventions is likewise required
Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team and using Qualtrics, MS suite, and social media is preferred
Previous experience conducting health services or interactive human subjects research is preferred
Preferably candidate will have experience delivering therapeutic models including Motivational Interviewing and substance use/addiction.
Working remotely until further notice. As the university allows return to campus, work location will be North Campus Research Complex, 2800 Plymouth Rd., Bldg. 16, Ann Arbor MI 48109.
Position is funded by federal research grants and is subject to availability of funds. If funding is ends, the appointment will terminate and will not be elgible for Reduction in Force (RIF) benefits.
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