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Post Doctoral Research Fellow

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

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Job no: 511636
Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Counseling & School Psychology
Pay Grade: No Pay Grade
Date opened: 17 Jan 2022 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 31 Jan 2022 Eastern Standard Time

General Summary:

The University of Massachusetts at Boston (UMB) is seeking a post-doctoral research fellow to contribute to a multi-year NSF-funded project aimed at understanding how systemic barriers in STEM affect wellbeing and persistence among graduate Women of Color in STEM.

Examples of Duties:

The post-doctoral research fellow will work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers to implement a multi-institutional mixed-methodological research project;

They will also participate substantively in all aspects of the research including instrument development and validation, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, and overall project management;

The fellow will propose, lead, and co-author publications and conference presentations.


  • Completion of a Ph.D. is required
  • Strong educational background in one or more of the STEM disciplines, higher education and student affairs, psychology, or counseling psychology
  • Demonstrated commitment to issues of equity and social justice specifically related to Women of Color
  • Demonstrated evidence of research productivity and academic writing
  • Strong background in quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches
  • Experience working with large datasets is preferred
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working in an interdisciplinary team is preferred

Application Instructions:

A complete application submission will consist of:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of three references
  • Research Statement
  • Diversity and Equity statement
  • Two Writing Samples (35-page max, e.g., dissertation chapter, journal article)
  • We ask that you combine the following documents and upload as one single PDF: Cover Letter, Research Statement, Diversity and Equity Statement, your two writing samples, and your list of three references. Your CV will need to be uploaded as a separate document

    Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

    Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

    This is a non-union exempt position. This is a grant funded position with a current end date of July 31,2022, subject to renewal contingent on funding and university needs.

    All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

    UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status including booster. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a face covering in public indoor spaces on campus.

    Applications close: 31 Jan 2022 Eastern Standard Time


    Working at University of Massachusetts Boston

    The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library, with easy access to downtown Boston. 

    The second-largest campus in the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

    UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s eight colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. The University Honors Program serves 300 students who thrive on intellectual challenge. Enriched courses probe more deeply into theory or venture further into application.

    UMass Boston’s diverse student body provides a global context for student learning, and its location in a major U.S. city provides connections to employers in industries such as finance, health care, technology, service, and education, offering students opportunities to gain valuable in-school experience via internships, clinicals, and other career-related placements.

    More than 100 student organizations — including clubs, literary magazines, newspaperradio stationart gallery, and 16 NCAA Division III sports teams — offer a rich campus life. Students live throughout Greater Boston and in apartment communities just steps from the campus, and enjoy the rich amenities, cultural attractions, and educational opportunities that make the city the biggest and best college town in the nation.

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