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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 786316
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 12
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Human Medicine
Department: Chm Flint 40000829
Sub Area: AP- Professionals
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Flint
Categories: Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Administrative Professionals- AP, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Position Summary

The Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative ( Nutrition Team, under the direction of Dr. Amy Saxe-Custack, is seeking a Research Assistant II. The overall mission of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative (PPHI) is to improve the outcomes of Flint children. Through community and clinical programs, childhood health policy and advocacy, and robust evaluation, the PPHI works with many partners, including Flint's heroic parents and kids, as a center of excellence, with the primary goal of mitigating the impact of the Flint Water Crisis and serving as a national resource for best practices. The PPHI Nutrition Team works with local and state partners to advocate for, implement, and assess pediatric nutrition interventions designed to improve access to and consumption of healthy, fresh foods. The Nutrition Team implements programs and research studies such as Flint Kids Cook, Flint Families Cook, and the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program.

The Research Assistant II will support all aspects of study planning, implementation, and dissemination. Research or quality improvement activities will occur onsite at the MSU Flint building and at local medical clinics or hospitals. The Research Assistant II will:

  • Assist in the development of project plans and logistics
  • Coordinate and implement grant-funded research and field operations in order to meet research goals. Work with study team and community partners to ensure successful study implementation, including study recruitment and data collection
  • Train, research support staff, students, and volunteers
  • Review the work of student employees and volunteers
  • Develop and maintain study protocols, manuals of procedures, and data collection instruments
  • Assist with submission of research protocols and modifications to institutional review board
  • Oversee the compliance to research study safety regulations and procedures
  • Communicate with investigators, participants, and stakeholders in the coordination and implementation of study activities. Act as a liaison between PPHI Nutrition Team and partnering pediatric clinics
  • Assist in developing resource planning and availability
  • Order supplies and equipment in order to manage the daily operations of the research studies
  • Screen, recruit and consent potential participants into research studies. This may include screening electronic medical records and/or administration of screening questionnaires
  • Track and manage study participant follow-up
  • Perform research study activities, including collecting and recording quantitative data, following up with study participants, and analyzing results in order to provide conclusive data for research projects. Data collection may occur in-person, over the phone, or electronically
  • Conduct data quality checks
  • Create and manage study databases
  • Perform basic statistical analysis including creating calculated or computed variables for reports and publications
  • Analyze information to make decisions and recommend courses of action
  • Interpret and disseminate information and data
  • Perform literature reviews and write literature review summaries with citations
  • Compile and summarize results and support the preparation of reports, manuscripts and articles for publication

We are seeking an experienced Research Assistant II who requires minimal training to perform the above tasks, is a self-starter, and has experience balancing multiple projects at the same time. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience with research study management, study participant retention, IRB submissions and follow up, strong written and verbal communication skills with internal and external partners, and the ability to work collaboratively and to take direction. The candidate must be organized, efficient, responsive to feedback, professional, and trustworthy.

The Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative seeks to provide employees with a diverse, challenging set of duties that foster learning new skills and knowledge and a collegial environment where employees regularly share information, ideas, resources, and solutions to problems.

This is a full-time, 12-month end-dated position located in Flint, MI.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in nutrition, public health, or related science field; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in overseeing research projects and laboratory operations, operating and maintaining a variety of laboratory equipment, performing specialized and difficult analytical and research techniques, and designing research experiments in an area related to research being performed; may require software specific to the area of research; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Preference of college degree in nutrition, public health, or a health-related field and Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
  • High level of comfort and proficiency with REDCap database software, Microsoft Excel, and statistical software (e.g. STATA, SAS, SPSS, R, etc);
  • Adept at managing large, interdisciplinary research studies and projects
  • Track record demonstrating success in collaborative projects
  • Success retaining participants in long-term research studies for follow-up data collection
  • Self-starter and highly self-motivated
  • Able to work independently in an organized and efficient manner
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Demonstrates professionalism
  • Team player and team builder
  • Quick learner and high sense of responsibility and honesty
  • Excellent oral and written skills with the ability to write and conduct daily communications
  • Experience working with underserved families from culturally and economically diverse populations
  • Experience with collection of dietary data
  • Ability to travel within Flint


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 Application Materials

  • Resume 
  • Cover Letter 

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Work Hours


Description of End Date

This is an off-dated position funded for one year from date of hire, with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

Bidding eligibility ends June 7, 2022 at 11:55 P.M.

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Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

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