Henry Ford Health System
December 19, 2019
Detroit, Michigan
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Cynthia Fellman-Couture
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The Thomas Roth Sleep Disorders and Research Center  at the Henry Ford Health System is hiring a full-time research assistant who wants to gain clinical research experience in a large health system setting. Candidates should be ready to commit to 1-2 years, with a flexible start date around January of 2020. The ideal candidate should be comfortable managing a large and varied volume of work and motivated to conduct research in sleep and circadian medicine. Mentorship for engaging in a career in clinical research (graduate school, medical school, health care profession, etc) available.



  • Oversee and run major studies examining sleep and circadian rhythms in clinical populations (e.g., insomnia, shift work disorder). Responsibilities include subject recruitment, subject screening, overseeing the study itself, dispensing subject compensation, and renewing the studies at regular intervals. During the study, you’ll help with collection of biological specimen, such as saliva and serum samples, administration of experimental tasks, and EEG data collection.
  • Grant application – the PI’s are constantly applying for new grants, so you’ll be responsible completing grant application forms, and working with the PI’s to write and revise the study aims and protocol.
  • Data entry – creation and maintenance of various research databases.
  • Data analysis – using SPSS to analyze collected data in order to publish abstracts and manuscripts.
  • Manuscript preparation – you’ll also be responsible for writing or helping write manuscripts for publication. These could be based on old data that has not yet been published, or using data gathered from your ongoing studies.
  • Various other small duties that come and go – anything from hunting down an article for your PI, to filling out the paperwork to renew or terminate an old study, to attending lectures given by your PI’s.



  • B.A. or B.S.
  • Some previous research experience
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • Comfortable reading scientific literature
  • Strong computer skills, especially in Microsoft Excel. Experience with SPSS is a plus.
  • High personal motivation and attention to detail; ability to independently manage tasks and meet deadlines without direct supervision.


Interested candidates should send a resume and brief statement of interest to Cynthia Fellman-Couture ([email protected]).

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