Job Details

Job no: 513923
Work type: Senior/Research Fellow (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Communication Disorders
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: Research

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 Description

The Research Fellow will be responsible for testing of all of the participant groups, and providing written reports to families. The Research Fellow will be responsible for participant recruitment and scheduling, data collection, data management, and overseeing student hourly employees in the lab.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in communication disorders, child development, special education, education, linguistics or social-science related field.
  • Minimum of one (1) year experience in assisting with or conducting research or one (1) year experience working with individuals who have disabilities.
  • Experience working with children and families.
  • Excellent oral, written, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software; ability to acquire working knowledge of Direct RT software used to program and deliver experiments.
  • Ability to obtain proficiency in the administration of standardized tests of speech, language, and cognition with children.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with conducting human-subjects research.
  • Proficiency with any experimental software used to deliver psycholinguistic experiments.
  • Experience with project management.
  • Experience working on grant funded research (either federal or foundation).
  • Educational background in child development, child language development, education or special education.
  • Degree in Communication Disorders (either bachelors, masters or doctoral).
  • Physical Demands/Working Conditions

    • Administrative work within a busy, collegial office setting and interactive work with study participants in a laboratory setting.

    Additional Information

    • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness.
    • Work in partnership with colleagues within the School of Public Health & Health Sciences community and across the campus to support the Dean's strategic priorities.

    Salary Information

    Commensurate with experience.

    Applicant Instructions

    Along with the application, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3)professional references. The search may remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

    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: May 23 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close:


    The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

    As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

    Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

    The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

    As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.


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