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Post Doctoral Research Fellow in STEM Equity

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

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Job no: 514485
Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Counseling & School Psychology
Pay Grade: No Pay Grade
Date opened: 28 Jun 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 28 Jul 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary:

The University of Massachusetts at Boston invites applications for a fulltime benefited postdoctoral research fellow. The post-doctoral fellow will work with Dr. Kerrie Wilkins-Yel and her graduate and undergraduate students on new and existing multi-institutional grant-funded projects focused on STEM Equity, mental health, and persistence among Black graduate students and Women of Color in STEM. The position is grant-funded.

Examples of Duties:

The fellow will participate substantively in all aspects of the research including instrument development and validation, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, as well as overall project management. The post-doctoral research fellow will also have the autonomy to develop and lead their own projects and research.


  • Demonstrated commitment to issues of equity and social justice specifically as it relates to the STEM graduate context
  • Have a Ph.D. in one of the following disciplines: psychology, engineering education, higher education, sociology, or a related field
  • Demonstrated evidence of research productivity and academic writing, including strong experience leading peer-reviewed manuscripts
  • Possess interest and experience working collaboratively with diverse interdisciplinary teams
  • Interest and ability to mentor graduate students
  • Strong background in qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches (including use of software such as NVivo, Dedoose, R software)
  • Experience working with large datasets is preferred
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Possess expertise in STEM issues in higher education and have synergistic research interests
  • Ability to travel for data collection procedures as well as domestic and international conference presentations (depending on constraints with the pandemic)
  • Possess ability to be self-driven and capable of thriving independently

Application Instructions:

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

This is a non-union exempt position.

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: 28 Jul 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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