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Academic Research Specialist

Michigan State University
Michigan, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 13, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative (, under the direction of Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, invites applicants for a full-time, fixed-term (non-tenure track) Academic Specialist-Research for the Flint Registry ( project. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-designated public health authority, the Flint Registry’s goal is to connect people who were impacted by the Flint Water Crisis to resources and programs that serve to minimize the effects of lead on their health while promoting wellness and recovery.

The Research Specialist will oversee Flint Registry research projects under the direction of the Flint Registry Principal Investigator and Flint Registry Director. The Research Specialist will take a lead role in conducting data analyses, preparing manuscripts for conferences and publications, designing new studies, developing grant proposals, and directing research projects within the Flint Registry with the designation of Director of Research. The Research Specialist will supervise research staff.

This position is a 12-month fixed-term appointment. Reappointment of position is contingent on funding and performance.

Physician scientists are also encouraged to apply.

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, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -pediatrics, public health, environmental health, health policy, statistics, epidemiology, health psychology, or related field

Minimum Requirements
  • Qualified candidates will have a MD, PhD, or equivalent degree in public health, environmental health, statistics, epidemiology, health services research, health policy, psychology, or related discipline.
Desired Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated interest in public health, environmental health, trauma, health inequities/disparities, implementation/translation research, and/or longitudinal research.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Multiple peer-reviewed journal articles published or in press, including first-author article/s
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills including advanced modeling and weighted analysis
  • History of population level research and analysis and experience with health data sets and secondary data analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to design, conduct and perform collaborative research and effectively interact with a broad range of colleagues and interdisciplinary teams
  • Demonstrated independence and ability to perform creative, high-quality research
  • Ability to organize and present reports to collaborators and sponsors
  • Experience writing successful federal and foundation grant proposals
Required Application Materials
  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Name and contact information for three professional references
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:
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