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Research Assistant

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

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Job Details

Job no: 514103
Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Ctr for Social Devel & Ed
Pay Grade: 27
Date opened: 09 May 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 23 May 2022 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 intellectual 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 larger evaluation research team, the RA will oversee and coordinate the daily operations of one or more 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:

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 online surveys, program surveys online in Qualtrics;
  • Oversee and manage data collection occurring at the individual, school, and state levels, including utilizing computer software (e.g., SPPS, Qualtrics) 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 evaluation research team, conduct site visits/observations at schools and/or conduct in-person or telephone/virtual 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 Research Assistants, and/or interns;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

C. Minimum Qualifications:

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, and can be substituted for the one year of previous Research Assistant experience. 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.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree is preferred.
  • More than one year of experience as a Research Assistant is highly desired.
  • Experience with scale development or measurement design is highly desired.
  • Intermediate to advanced statistical skills using SPSS
  • Experience with qualitative research methods and software, such as Atlas.ti or NVivo, is preferred.
  • 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 policy makers 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:

Grade: 27

Salary Ranges

This is an exempt union position. This is a grant funded position with a current end date of September 30, 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: 23 May 2022 Eastern Daylight 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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