Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 06, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Job no: 233028-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

This position will provide primary research study data collection for a 5-year NIH funded study using smartphones to remotely collect data from participants in opioid addiction treatment programs. The research specialist will be involved in all aspects of the designated research study, with a focus on day-to-day operational infrastructure.

The research specialist will also be supported in pursuing professional development goals related to a career in research and will be expected to attend and participate in lab meetings where we read and discuss academic research. For more information on our lab, please visit our website at .

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree required. Preferred degrees and specialization areas: Psychology, Neuroscience, Political Science, Economics, Statistics, Premed, Clinical Trials or related field.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

- At least one year of part-time or full-time work experience.
- Must have fluency with the Windows OS and Microsoft office.
- Experience with patient or customer interaction preferred but not required.
- Experience documenting procedures, events, or data preferred but not required.
- Experience video editing is preferred but not required.
- Experience programming in any language is preferred but not required.
- Experience with Slack, Asana, R, Qualtrics, or Zotero is preferred but not required.
- Previous experience working in addiction treatment, with persons in outpatient mental health, or in behavioral clinical trials is preferred but not required.
- A good understanding of psychology research, experience working in a research setting, as well as procedural aspects of data collection from human subjects is preferred but not required.

Additional Information:

Additional desired experience or skills:
Must be able to work independently using initiative and good judgment.
Must have strong problem-solving and trouble-shooting skills.
Must have the ability to identify and communicate about potential areas of weakness or uncertainty.
Must have strong skills in editing: producing documents that have no spelling or grammar errors, use parallel structure, a consistent tone, and are concise and clear and avoid jargon.
Must have strong skills in presenting information clearly and concisely to research participants and collaborators; or experience in professional speaking, phone customer service, or giving business presentations.
Must have strong skills in implementing plans: identifying the steps needed to create systems or procedures, identifying and resolving barriers, and documenting the process.
Previous experience or skills in navigating bureaucratic, IRB, and other formal documentation and permission systems is highly desired.
Previous experience or skill in recordkeeping: inspecting records for inconsistency, consistently entering data, using double-verification to prevent and detect errors is highly desired.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $33,678 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Please click on the "" button to start the application process.

An applicant may be hired into a Associate Research Specialist, Research Specialist or Senior Research Specialist title dependent upon experience. Title will be determined upon hire.

For questions on the position, contact: Susan Wanta,

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.


Susan Wanta
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applications Open: Apr 6 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Apr 21 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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