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Professional Aide

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Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 05
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Nursing
Department: Nursing 10033616
Sub Area: AP- Professionals
Salary: Pay Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: On-Call, Temporary, Remote-Friendly

Position Summary(Basic Job Function)

This is a temporary or an on-call position. Provides professional support. Responsibilities may include general business, science, medical, agricultural or other professional support functions. Term: Temps can work two (2) nine (9) month terms with a week break in service in between and at the end of the second term terminate for three (3) months or switch to an on-call. On-Call allowed to work 1039 hours in any twelve (12) month period.

Unit Position Summary

The College of Nursing is seeking temporary research assistants to assist with a variety of tasks related to various research grants.  Each position will be slightly different, however overall the tasks will be similar in variety and complexity.  NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE is required.  We have a variety of faculty and staff that will train on each duty assigned.   

The College of Nursing research topics are Symptom science development for self-management of chronic conditions; Health promotion and risk reduction. Examples of these research areas are:  

  • Feasibility & efficacy of online meditation training for caregivers of patients with advanced cancer 
  • Benefits of complementary therapies for symptom management among cancer patients 
  • Development of a toolkit to help cancer patients better self-manage their treatment and symptoms 
  • Use of apps to promote exercise in at-risk populations 
  • Promoting adolescent exercise to prevent weight problems or obesity 
  • The impact of stress on childhood obesity  

Responsibilities will vary per grant; however duties may include but will not be limited to: 

  • Maintain schedule in Outlook 
  • Schedule meetings 
  • Data collection 
  • Data analysis 
  • Development of procedures
  • Data entry
  • Transportation of supplies to sites
  • Contacting study participants
  • General office duties 
  • Scheduling project meetings 
  • Notetaking 
  • Conduct literature reviews and searches 
  • Prepare a variety of materials for the grant 
  • Prepare reports as needed 
  • Draft communication 
  • Proofreads documents for accuracy 
  • Room reservations/event planning 
  • Assisting faculty with grant work as needed 
  • Plan for conference travel 
  • Provide monthly budget reports 

The rate of pay will be between $12-$30/hour, depending on duties and grant funding. The average amount of hours per week will be between 20-40 and will typically be between the hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Occasional nights and weekends might be warranted, depending on the needs of the grant assigned. The positions are scheduled to start immediately with a length of employment up to 9 months with the possibility of extension, dependent on grant funding. Each position will vary with the amount of on-campus presence needed. As the College is submitting grants and receiving funding there is the possibility that one or more of these positions could lead to a support staff position, including benefits. 

Looking for more information prior to applying?  Contact the College of Nursing HR office at or 517-432-1186 for an in-depth conversation and current needs.   

Desired Qualifications

  • Excellent organizational skills 
  • Schedule flexibility 
  • Outstanding time management skills 
  • Openness to learning new things 
  • Ability to adapt to change  
  • Previous office experience is preferred but not required 
  • Previous grant experience is preferred but not required 
  • Budget and travel planning experience is preferred

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 and work availability

Special Instructions

Applications will be reviewed as needed.

Work Hours



Summary of Physical Demands

May require lifting of items 25 lbs or heavier 

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.

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Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

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