Research Assistant Position


Title: Research Assistant (RA)
Position Available: Fall 2011; Winter 2012; Summer 2012
Hours of work requested per week:  5 to 10 hours
Rate: $16/hour
Start date: ASAP

Title of Project: “Depressive symptoms among aging African American Men: A mixed methods study of social and cultural contexts”

Job Description: The RA will assist with work on a qualitative and quantitative project on aging African American men and depression. The RA will immerse himself/herself into focus group data to learn about the sensitivity of issues regarding African American men and depression. Next, the RA will assist with using the focus group data to develop conceptual models to test (quantitatively) with the National Survey of American Life (NSAL), a complex sample survey of African Americans, Whites, and Caribbean blacks.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to do literature searches; critical thinking; writing
  • Strong knowledge and experience with qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis
  • Desire to learn qualitative data analysis if experienced with quantitative data analysis, and vice versa
  • An interest in gender differences and mental health is strongly preferred
  • UM doctoral student preferred, advanced Master’s students may be considered

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Formatting focus group transcripts; coding, analysis, and interpretation
  • Analyzing and interpreting statistical output from the National Survey of American Life (NSAL)
  • Engaging in bi-weekly meetings
  • Assisting with writing papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals

Educational Benefits:
The RA will be enriched by participating in a project that involves both qualitative and quantitative data. He/she will learn how to analyze, interpret, and generate research ideas using mixed methods approaches. The RA will also gain valuable experience working on a writing team. There are several papers that will come from this project and a motivated RA will contribute to (and potentially lead) authorship on these papers.

All position inquires should be sent to Dr. Watkins at


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