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Research Associate-Fixed Term

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Academic Affairs, Research Staff & Technicians
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 944597
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Osteopathic Medicine
Department: Psychiatry Osteopathic Medicine 10034696
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly
Position Summary

The Department of Psychiatry seeks a Research Specialist to work with Dr. Alla Sikorskii and Dr. Jennifer Johnson. The primary responsibilities for this position are: managing data collected in research projects, including quality assurance, scoring of instruments, merging and transformations of data sets for statistical analyses; conducting analyses of data from clinical trials and observational studies, including health insurance claims data; preparation of research reports, manuscripts, presentations; assistance with development of grant applications.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Statistics

Minimum Requirements
  • PhD in Statistics or related field with extensive quantitative methodology training
  • Three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in research design, statistical methods; knowledge of computer software; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse groups and lead aspects of research projects
  • Knowledge and experience with at least one statistical software such as SAS, SPSS, Stata, R.
Desired Qualifications
  • Knowledge of and experience with methods of analysis of clinical trials
  • Experience managing large data sets including health insurance claims data
  • Experience with longitudinal data analyses
  • Knowledge of SAS and R statistical software
  • Experience with measurement and instrument development analyses
  • Experience with manuscript writing
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good organizational skills
Required Application Materials

Please submit a letter of interest, current CV, a statement on commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity, and names and contact information for three professional references, with at least one from a current/former employer.

Special Instructions

How to apply

To apply, applicants must provide requested information at the MSU Human Resources site at and upload requested documentation. Documentation should include:

1) a letter of application,

2) a curriculum vitae,

3) a statement on commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity. The statement should describe how you have contributed to and supported a diverse and inclusive environment, and how you have promoted a sense of community. Please draw broadly on your experience and feel free to share your goals.

4) the names and contact information for three professional references with at least one from a current/ former supervisor.

To ensure full consideration, all application materials must be received by May 16, 2024.

Review of Applications Begins On


Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: May 9, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: May 9, 2026 Eastern Daylight Time


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Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

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The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

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  • 29th among the nation’s public universities
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