Research Assistant

ISPU is seeking two entrepreneurial research professionals with experience in community-based qualitative and/or quantitative research for a research project. The research project aims to explore the unique challenges that Muslims in Southeast Michigan face in accessing health care and navigating the healthcare system, while also examining potential solutions that lead to equitable and less biased health care.

Through the project, we seek to uncover root causes of inequity but also share community-generated solutions and recommendations to change the way that communities and healthcare systems address health care inequities. The ideal candidate will have familiarity with the Southeast Michigan Muslim community and experience setting up research infrastructure and systems for qualitative research such as focus groups and interviews, as well as survey data collection. The ideal candidate will have at least 1 year experience working directly with academic institutions and American Muslim community leaders and members.

Scope of activities:

    • Work with Primary Investigator (PI) to develop research questions, conduct literature review, research methodology, and interview and survey questions in consultation with the research co-creation partners and with approval of ISPU Research Director.
    • Provide input and insight into the research activities based on a deep knowledge and understanding of the Southeast Michigan Muslim community
    • Schedule, organize, and provide logistical support for any in-person and online research activities, such as listening sessions, town hall, focus groups, interviews, survey distribution, or presentations. This may include in-person/online presentations and visits to local American Muslim organizations, public health departments, community health centers, and hospitals. For in-person meetings within the Southeast Michigan region, own transportation is ideal but not required.
    • Recruit participants for focus groups and/or interviews through in person and virtual canvassing.
    • Recruit organizations and community leaders to help with participant recruitment.
    • Work with PI to analyze quantitative and qualitative data and contribute to report writing.
    • Attend bi-weekly check-in meetings with the research team at an agreed upon date and time.
    • Be available for weekly check in with project manager at date and time agreed upon after kick off meeting

Position Logistics:

    • Position Title: Senior Research Assistant and Research Assistant on “Community Research for Health Equity”
    • Period of Performance: 12 months, with potential for renewal
    • Location: Candidate may work remotely (online) but is required to reside in the Southeast Michigan area, which includes the counties of Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, and Washtenaw
    • Classification: Part time
    • Pay Rate: $20 per hour for Senior Research Assistant; $16/hour for Research Assistant, pay rate may be adjusted based on qualifications and experience


    • Currently reside  in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne or Washtenaw county for at least 1 year
    • Actively involved in the Southeast Michigan community (i.e. professional, social justice, volunteering, or other leadership roles with the community)
    • Currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program OR completed a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree at an accredited university in Public Health, Health Education and Communication, Healthcare Administration, Social Work, Sociology, or related fields
    • Experience with community organizing or organizing community-engaged research (i.e. focus groups, town hall, listening sessions, interviews, etc…)
    • Experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods (i.e. literature review, thematic analysis, survey development and fielding, etc…)
    • Experience in public health research preferred
    • Ability to engage academics, American Muslim leaders and community members 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, names of at least two references, and a writing sample to: humanresources@ispu.org by November 15, 2022. No phone calls, please.

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