Primary Investigator

ISPU is seeking a Primary Investigator on a project examining challenges faced by Michigan Muslims in accessing healthcare.

This entrepreneurial research professional should have experience in using community-based participatory action research methods (CPAR) to study community-based challenges. This project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s program Community Research for Health Equity (CRHE), a community-led research program that seeks to elevate community voices and make the priorities of communities the primary goal of local health system transformation efforts.

The goal of the study is to explore the unique challenges that Muslims in Southeast Michigan face in accessing health care and within the healthcare system, while also examining potential solutions that lead to equitable, less biased healthcare. The PI will lead the project team in using CPAR, with information gathered through a literature review and trend data supplemented with mapping, games or vision boards, focus groups, surveys, and/or interviews.

The PI will also lead the team in using an appreciative inquiry methodology for solution identification. The ideal candidate has experience setting up systems for conducting community-based research and has the ability to engage local communities, academics, American Muslim leaders and media professionals alike. The project would require a 2.5 year commitment to complete research and dissemination.

Scope of Activities:

    • Refine project methodology – developing strategy to use CPAR and Appreciative Inquiry to identify challenges and solutions
    • Conduct qualitative field work (community listening sessions, focus groups, interviews, etc…)
    • Oversee collection and data analysis of quantitative data 
    • Conduct qualitative and quantitative data analysis
    • Manage a project team in assistance with ISPU Project Manager & Research Director
    • Provide bi-weekly updates to ISPU Project Manager & Research Director
    • Write the final report and executive summary in accessible and clear English
    • Input into repackaging of materials and communication plan for dissemination
    • Disseminate research findings upon completion of the report through webinars and/or in-person events (if deemed COVID-safe)

Position Logistics:

    • Position Title: Primary Investigator
    • Period of Performance: 2.5 years
    • Location: US-based, virtual
    • Classification: Part-time stipend position
    • Estimated hours: 9–12 hours per week


    • MA required/PhD preferred in related field 
    • Experience planning and carrying out CPAR research methodologies
    • Experience engaging and working in conjunction with local community partners
    • Ability to engage local communities, academics, American Muslim leaders and media professionals alike 
    • Demonstrated ability to gather, analyze, and present information in a clear, concise, and understandable manner 
    • Strong interpersonal, cross-cultural, and problem-solving skills 
    • Highly motivated individual with the ability to work independently and operate on a flexible work schedule

To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, and writing sample to: humanresources@ispu.org by September 27, 2022. No phone calls, please.

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