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Research Technician (Climate-Related Projects)

Research Technician (Climate-Related Projects)

Wayne State University is searching for an experienced Research Technician (Climate-Related Projects) at its Detroit campus location.

Wayne State is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities which prepare students for success in a global society.

Essential functions (job duties):

Essential Functions (Job Duties

Assist with drafting research protocols, training protocols, processes, and procedures for Climate-related projects.
Assist in piloting and refining in-field protocols and data collection methods, including the development of assessments tools and survey instruments.
Perform data entry and data processing, data audit/verification, and basic data analysis.
Support community-based climate change hazard mitigation effort, including preparation of materials for community distribution.
Support in the recruitment of AmeriCorps members, including the development of recruitment materials and outreach efforts.
Assist with administrative tasks such as scheduling meetings, taking meeting notes and other tasks as needed. Maintain task lists and timelines on a regular basis and meet deadlines.
Prepare regular updates to project team members on program progress.
Communicate reliably, clearly, and effectively with project team members and community partners.

Unique duties:


A Bachelor’s degree (or working towards a degree) is preferred.
Experience working within Detroit neighborhoods or similar communities.
Access to consistent and reliable transportation.
Working knowledge of Climate Change and urban impacts of Climate Change preferred.
Background in environmental science, biological science, environmental stewardship, green infrastructure, ecology, the climate crisis, or ecological awareness is preferred.
Experience conducting literature reviews and assisting with drafting training and/or research protocols.
Minimum of one year of experience working with data is required (data cleaning, data quality, data analysis, researching sources for data).
Ability to effectively utilize software necessary to convert and process data (e.g. SAS, SPSS, Excel, Access, Dbase, ESRI GIS), and to identify duplicates and join datasets.
Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and Google products (Drive, Sheets, Docs, Forms, Calendar, etc.).
Experience with Qualtrics and survey instruments preferred.
Working knowledge of social science research methods and primary data collection procedures and practicalities of implementation preferred.
Must be confident communicating through virtual channels with team members and others.
Must be self-motivated and able to initiate and complete tasks independently; strong organizational and problem-resolution skills; detail-oriented.
Ability to prioritize and plan work activities while meeting respective deadlines.
Interest in climate change, environmental sciences, ecological stewardship, and environmental justice strongly preferred.

Starting Date: August 2023
Hourly Rate: $15 -$20 per hour, depending on education/experience; up to 40 hours per week.
This is a temporary position, as the position is dependent upon grant continuation.

Please include a cover letter, resume, names of references.

Preferred qualifications:


H32 - Provost & VP Academic Affairs

Primary department:

H6614-Center for Urban Studies

Employment type:
  • Temporary Employee
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Job category: Research
Funding/salary information:
  • Compensation type: Hourly Wage
  • Hourly rate: $15-$25
  • Salary minimum:
  • Salary hire maximum:
Working conditions:

Normal Office Environment

Job openings:
  • Number of openings: 1
  • Reposted position: No
  • Reposted reason: None (New Requisition)
  • Prior posting/requisition number:
Background check requirements:

University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting work. If you are offered employment, the university will inform you if a background check is required.

Equal employment opportunity statement:

Wayne State University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. The university encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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