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Post Doctoral Research Associate - Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing & Engineering Innovation

Job Details

Job no: 514386
Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Mech & Industrial Engineering
Union: Post Doc
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Research, College of Engineering

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 Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation, a collaborative effort between the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing and the College of Engineering, is seeking Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Human Factors. A highly motivated individual with backgrounds in healthcare human factors and human-computer interaction is sought to join our active group engaged in basic, translational, clinical human factors research, and medical product development, usability testing, and innovation.

Essential Functions

The Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation is a new, highly interactive, and collaborative group of researchers where interdisciplinary research approaches are utilized to help improve personnel performance and human-system interaction in complex safety-critical systems. The candidate will work on projects specifically chosen to address an identified and validated healthcare need. All projects are interdisciplinary, iterative, and are directed to address issues at the point of care. You will have a chance to work with students at both the graduate and undergraduate level, lead and manage our active program of healthcare product usability testing which will provide you with numerous industry partnerships, gain valuable grant-writing and publication experience, and be part of team that is passionate about improving healthcare.

Minimum Qualifications

Interested candidates should have obtained a Ph.D. degree in nursing, engineering, computer science, or related fields which includes a strong background in human factors and healthcare.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with remote health technologies & systems, wearable sensors, machine and deep learning, and product development is a plus. The ideal candidate will have a track-record of teamwork, self-direction, interdisciplinary collaboration and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Additional Details

One year opportunity to renew for second year based on performance.

Salary Information

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested candidates should submit the following application materials for priority consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

  • A cover letter that includes a statement of research experience and interests.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • PDF copies of three recent publications or writing samples.
  • Contact information of THREE (3) professional references.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please reach out to center Co-Directors Dr. Frank Sup and Dr. Karen Giuliano (

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: Jun 1 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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