Project Assistant for the Sleep Lab at the University of Massachusetts

The Sleep Lab at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst seeks a full-time project assistant to support a number of research projects.

Job Summary

Full-time project assistant position supporting research in the Sleep Lab at the Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst.  Duties include: performing screening protocols, maintaining research databases, recruiting and scheduling research participants and laboratory management of scheduling, purchasing, and other related research tasks.

Essential Functions

  • Be an ambassador of the research facility – explain the array of research opportunities and answer questions that potential participants may have
  • Actively seek out participants for research studies, through advertising, speaking at local community events, and working with local organizations.
  • Maintaining research databases
  • Perform screening protocols – both over the phone (such as the Telephone Interview for Cognitive Status) and in-person (conducting psychological batteries such as this Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale)
  • Recruit, screen, and scheduling research participants
  • Assist with Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol submission including drafting, modify, update, and renew IRB protocols, providing additional documentation to protocols and helping to track and monitor compliance with protocols.
  • Purchase and maintain lab equipment and supplies
  • Track expenses and project budgets
  • Scheduling of meetings and appointments and project-related travel
  • Assist with project staffing, organization, and communication.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree (in Psychology or related field) or an equivalent combination of education and training – required.
  • Familiarity with IRB protocols and research methods.
  • Ability to work independently to organize multiple tasks and set priorities for action, take initiative and operate with self-direction in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively in establishing and maintaining harmonious working relationships with a diverse population of staff and students.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize goals; ability to collaborate well to formulate plans and objectives in accordance with overall college goals; ability to identify and implement process improvements.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to set and meet deadlines while maintaining high standards of accuracy and quality.
  • Must have impeccable communication skills both in-person and on the phone.
  • Mastery of English speaking and writing is required.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness.  In the performance of work, take initiative, be creative, and operate with self-direction.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

Valid driver’s license and vehicle (for getting to recruiting events; mileage reimbursed)

Experience with budget management and/or human research


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