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Research Assistant I

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Research Assistant I

Job no: 502124
Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Ctr for Social Devel & Ed
Pay Grade: 27
Date opened: 20 Sep 2019 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 04 Oct 2019 Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary:

The Research Assistant (RA) for the Center for Social Development and Education (CSDE) will provide project coordination and research support for exciting and dynamic research and program evaluation related to youth with disabilities. The RA will work with a team of researchers on projects focusing on peer social relationships, attitudes and perceptions of disability, social inclusion of students with disabilities in schools, and social and emotional learning in inclusive extracurricular activities. Under the supervision of the Director of Program Evaluation, and as part of the research team, the RA will oversee and coordinate the daily operations of one or more research projects and assist in study design and data collection. The RA will also be expected to help prepare written reports, conference presentations, and journal articles summarizing study findings. For more information about the CSDE please visit: www.umb.edu/csde.

Examples of Duties:

  • Oversee and coordinate the daily operations of one or more research objectives on a large, multi-objective research study;
  • Conduct literature searches to develop hypotheses and study variables;
  • Develop research protocols and methodologies for data collection, in collaboration with other members of the research team;
  • Coordinate and monitor the administration of surveys, administered in hard copy and online;
  • Oversee and manage data collection occurring at the individual, school, and state levels, including utilizing computer software or developing systems to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of study operations and data management;
  • Monitor and review data collection, data entry, informed consent procedures, and related activities to ensure compliance with Institutional Review Board (IRB);
  • With oversight from the Director of Program Evaluation, and in collaboration with other members of the research team, conduct visits/observations at schools and conduct in-person and telephone interviews with school staff, students with and without disabilities, and parents;
  • Coordinate and conduct qualitative data analysis, including entering and coding open-ended responses on surveys, and coding and analyzing transcripts from interviews or focus groups;
  • Coordinate and conduct intermediate and complex quantitative data analysis, such as analysis of variance (ANOVA), chi-square, regression analyses, etc.;
  • In collaboration with Director of Program Evaluation, write up study findings and collaborate on written products for a variety of venues, including articles for journal publications, conferences, and national organizations;
  • Collaborate in making presentations at meetings, conferences, and webinars;
  • Establish and maintain communication and collaboration with partners, including schools and states;
  • In collaboration with Director of Program Evaluation, select and train new Research Assistants, Graduate Assistants, and/or interns;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology or Sociology, or a related field, is required. Coursework in basic and intermediate research methodology and quantitative statistics, and a minimum of one year of previous experience as a Research Assistant is required. A thesis presenting original research is also required. Experience using statistical programs, particularly SPSS, for performing intermediate-level quantitative data analysis independently is required. Excellent writing skills at the level expected for publishing articles is also required. The incumbent will be required to travel locally to schools, and may be required to travel nationally. Valid driver's license is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • More than one year of experience as a Research Assistant is highly desired.
  • Experience with scale development or measurement design is preferred.
  • Experience with qualitative research methods and software, such as Atlas.ti or NVivo, is highly desired.
  • Experience with fieldwork or data collected through observation is preferred.
  • Authorship on a peer-reviewed journal article or experience presenting at a conference is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Exemplary writing skills and familiarity with writing styles common for academics and policymakers as target audiences;
  • Demonstrated excellent quantitative analysis skills;
  • Demonstrated understanding and use of intermediate-level statistical analysis and statistical concepts;
  • Demonstrated understanding and use of qualitative methodologies
  • Demonstrated competency working independently and as a member of a team;
  • Ability to collaborate and oversee completion of tasks;
  • Ability to manage multiple competing project deadlines;
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and problem-solving skills.

Application Instructions:

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link:

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All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

Applications close: 04 Oct 2019 Eastern Daylight Time




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Posted: 9/21/2019
Application Due: 10/4/2019
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