Research Assistant I

May 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary

This position will work as a research assistant for a large federally funded research study of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a suicide prevention intervention for 800 suicidal jail detainees who are releasing to communities in 2 states (Michigan and Rhode Island). The multi-site study will be funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The PI, research study, and project manager will be based in Flint, Michigan. Seeking a highly organized individual for this large research project with a tight (4-year ) timeline. The research assistant will recruit, screen, consent, assess, track and follow up with participants from the Genesee County System after they have been released; maintains study databases and paperwork to maintain organization. This position is located in Flint, Michigan.  

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Psychology, Social Work or related field; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience with individuals with mental health and/or substance use problems, OR individuals in crisis (e.g., suicide, domestic violence), OR justice-involved (e.g., incarcerated, arrested, court-involved) individuals; experience with word processing, and database software; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Possession of a valid vehicle operator's license.  

Desired Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in psychology or related field, two or three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in jail or prison setting, experience following research protocol, establishing rapport with diverse group of study participants who may be distressed psychiatric patients, experience exhibiting professionalism with prison staff, experience with word processing, spreadsheet and proficiency with data and participant tracking software and valid vehicle operator's license or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with working with population under the study (jail detainees, people with mental health disorders and people in crisis); ability to troubleshoot and analyze problems and excellent communications, interpersonal and organizational skills are essential; experience working independently, commitment to maintaining confidentiality and strong computer skills including Microsoft Excel and Word. Completion of human subject training and certification (online program) prior to contact with participants or data.  

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Cover Letter Work Hours

VARIABLE ( Position requires work on some weekends. )

Description of End Date

This is an End-Dated position until 06/30/2019 with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

Bidding Eligibility ends May 9, 2017 at 11:55PM

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