Departmental Assistant Bruna Martin Lab

Job description

Job no: 507461
Work type: Hourly
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Psychology and Brain Sci
Union: Non-Benefited
Categories: Temporary Non-Benefited

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Departmental Assistant will prepare stimuli and software for experiments, collect behavioral and fMRI data from human subjects, perform statistical analyses of the data, and write up the results. Some administrative duties within the Lab will include participant recruitment, collecting fMRI and behavioral session data, and preparing/managing IRB protocols, and Report to the PI and/or graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working in the Lab.

Essential Functions

  • Prepare experiments investigating emotion and cognitive control across the lifespan, including the preparation of stimuli and experimental tasks, development and monitoring of fMRI protocols.
  • Data collection either through direct administration of the experiment to participants, including informed consent procedures, or by mentoring undergraduate research assistants who will administer the experiment
  • Basic fMRI data analysis using Freesurfer, FSL, CONN toolbox, and Excel to be learned on the job
  • Maintenance of participants’ records, recruiting participants for paid experiments, and serving as the contact person for potential participants
  • Administrative duties within the Lab, for example including maintenance and storage of consent forms, recruitment and supervision of undergraduate research assistants, and preparation of figures and proofreading papers and presentation materials
  • Basic statistical analyses of the data using the R and SPSS to be learned on the job
  • Write reports of the experimental procedures and statistical results
  • Other Functions

    • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. In the performance of work, take initiative and operate with self-direction.
    • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
    • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.

    Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

    • Experience collecting behavioral data, and the ability to work cooperatively in a research setting with student and non-student researchers.
    • Experience with collection of fMRI data and basic familiarity with fMRI data analysis software, e.g., FSL, freesurfer, CONN toolbox.
    • Familiarity with scripting in linux.
    • Proficiency in word processing and Excel programs.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively in establishing and maintaining harmonious working relationships with a diverse population of faculty, staff and students.

    Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

    • Bachelors degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, or related field preferred.
    • Prior experience in a research lab investigating emotion and cognitive control, neuroscience/fMRI, and/or aging preferred.

    Additional Details

    This person will learn how to:

  • Ability to coordinate experiments and perform data analysis
  • Familiarity with the background literature
  • Proficiency in the analysis of fMRI data using a variety of free and commercial software platforms.
  • Proficiency in producing scientific reports of the experiments and results
  • Basic statistical analyses in SPSS and R
  • Work Schedule

    40 hours per week

    Salary Information

    $14.00 per hour

    Temporary position: 5/10/2021 -5/07/2022

    Special Instructions to Applicants

    As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations.

    UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

    Advertised: Apr 22 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Jun 22 2021 Eastern Daylight Time




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    Posted: 4/24/2021
    Application Due: 6/22/2021
    Work Type: Full Time