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