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Research Fellow/Project Coordinator

University of Massachusetts Amherst
UMass Amherst

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Position Type
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 522743
Work type: Senior/Research Fellow (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Health Promotion & Policy
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: Research, School of Public Health & Health Sciences

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:

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the candidate will serve as the Research Fellow/Project Coordinator for externally funded research studies. The Project Coordinator/ Research Fellow works closely with the PI and Project Director and other research staff to support the research projects that they are working on across all phases, including science-related portions of project proposal development, startup, implementation, monitoring and reporting, and closeout. This includes providing support on research proposal development, research protocols, regulatory materials (including IRB), standard operating procedures; the tracking of deliverables, milestones, and timelines; scientific data management; and the planning and reporting of analyses and progress reports. Additional responsibilities include scheduling and coordinating meetings, conducting interviews with research participants, facilitating focus groups for research purposes, analyzing qualitative data, administering research surveys, submitting manuscripts, assisting student research assistants in completing their responsibilities on the studies they are working on and other research-related tasks. The candidate will be expected to work with a high level of independence, prioritize all aspects of research activities with supervision, and self-initiate suggestions and approaches to optimize the team’s research efforts.


  • At least two year’s experience with research project coordination or management or similar role (preferred).
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively - verbally and in writing - with participants, staff, and supervisors.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with team members and contacts who are internal and external to the university.
  • Organizational skills to maintain records and coordinate other tasks as required.
  • Skill in speaking and writing to persons of various social, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds.
  • High level of independence and reliability.
  • At least 1-year of experience in data collection, including expertise in re-contact methods and conducting qualitative interviews (preferred).
  • Experience with data collection for focus groups, 1:1 interviews, and/or participant observation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of personal computers and relevant software programs (e.g., data entry, word processing, spreadsheets, qualitative data analysis software) such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint/Google Slides, Outlook, Dedoose, RedCap.
  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree required. Masters degree preferred.
  • Organizational skills to plan and schedule meetings and presentations.
  • Additional Information:

    M-F 40 hours per week

    Typic office environment

    Hybrid in-person and remote possible after first 90 days. Sooner considered.

    Application Instructions:

    Interested candidates should submit the following application materials for priority consideration by May 2024. Position will remain open until filled.

    • A cover letter that includes a statement of research experience and interests,
    • A curriculum vitae,
    • PDF copies of a recent publication or writing sample,
    • Contact information of three professional references.

    UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination 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 UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

    Advertised: Apr 10 2024 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Jul 10 2024 Eastern Daylight Time


    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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