D-AMP Research Assistant

University of Michigan

Job Description

How to Apply

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 your skills and related experience. This is a 2-year part time appointment (50 % effort) and is dependent on continued grant funding. 


The Life Course Development Program within the Survey Research Center (SRC) at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) has a position opening for a Research Technician Intermediate/Associate for the Detroit-Aging and Memory Project (D-AMP). The major goal of the Life Course Development Program (LCD) is to expand our knowledge of the associations among social relations, mental, cognitive and physical health, often by using regional, national, and international datasets.  This project (D-AMP) will collect regionally representative data, including biomarkers, from Arab Americans aged 65 and over living in the metro-Detroit area, as well as re-contact blacks and whites aged 65 and over who have participated in the longitudinal Social Relations Study.  For the project, the D-AMP Research Assistant will serve to primarily support all research activities as defined below. 


This position will directly support D-AMP research activities in all phases of the project, including:

  • Preparation and management of project materials, including recruitment materials and consent documents in both English and Arabic. 
  • Managing MRI and blood draw data collection by contacting D-AMP study participants, screening them for MRI eligibility, making/managing MRI and blood draw appointments with the UM fMRI Laboratory and the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (MADRC), as well as meeting participants at MADRC and escorting them to the fMRI Laboratory.
  • Assist the project team with the preparation of complex graphs, charts, figures and tables for manuscripts and conference presentations.  In addition, carry out literature searches on contextual factors (cognitive, physical, mental) in health for faculty publications and presentation needs.
  • Assist in semi-annual report writing and presentations, including drafting reports for edits by the project team prior to submission to sponsor.
  • Other duties as assigned, including supporting the coordination of Community Advisory Board meetings locally, maintaining project records, and assisting with other project related duties as needed by the project team.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (sociology, psychology, gerontology) and minimum 1-3 years of related experience. 
  • Demonstrated familiarity with Arabic language, and interest in working with minority communities, especially the Arab American communities in the Detroit Metropolitan area. 
  • Ability to handle multiple demands simultaneously and work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (sociology, psychology, gerontology)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and interest in aging issues.

Work Schedule

Shift/Days: Monday-Friday, days; 50% effort with 100% effort possible. 

Underfill Statement

Based on candidate qualifications, the position may be underfilled at the Associate level.  For the Associate position, a Bachelor’s degree in a recognized field of science or learning which is directly related to the duties of the position, along with 1-2 years of relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.  Salary would be commensurate with the Associate level position. 

Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience of selected candidate. This position will be filled at the intermediate level salary range of $38,000 - $45,000. Candidates with lesser experience are encouraged to apply and may be considered at the associate level with a salary range of $33,000-37,000.

Additional Information

The Institute for Social Research (ISR) 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.

Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, U-M offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include generous time off; retirement plan with two-for-one matching contributions after the first year; many choices for comprehensive health insurance; life insurance; long-term disability coverage; and flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses. Learn more about U-M benefits.

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Institute for Social Research job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen (14) calendar days. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

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