Technical Assistant I U of M

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Psychology and Brain Sci
Pay Grade: 11
Categories: Research

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 Summary

Assist with research project studying the effects of trauma on mental health in children.  Duties include: recruiting and scheduling participants, collecting data (questionnaire administration, cognitive tests), organizing data, and helping with project management (placing orders, maintaining IRB).


Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s) including subject recruitment, scheduling appointments and obtaining consent forms.
  • Coordinate and train undergraduate research assistants in general lab functioning, subject recruitment and data collection/processing
  • Collect and process behavioral, cognitive, and questionnaire-based data. Will also collect physiological data, including hair and saliva samples, heart rate, and blood pressure.
  • Monitor supplies usage; request/assist with ordering replacement supplies as necessary.
  • Help maintain laboratory hardware and software, troubleshoot issues and problems, and arrange equipment replacement, service or repair as needed. Will also periodically complete full inventory of lab materials
  • Monitor research project progress, assisting in revising, renewing, and maintaining Internal Review Board (IRB) approval, protocols, and consent forms.
  • Maintain a professional and respectful manner with colleagues, supervisors, and study participants
  • Operate motor vehicle to travel to work sites.


Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 
  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.


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

  • Minimum one-year part-time work or volunteer experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting.
  • English and Spanish communication skills, both in speaking and in writing.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Must pass CORI checks
  • Valid Driver’s License


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

  • Experience working with diverse populations and children under 12 years of age in a research setting preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or related field preferred.


Additional Details

This person will learn how to:

  • Assess mental health symptoms and overall psychological functioning in children and adults using standardized measures
  • Conduct behavioral assessments of parent-child interactions
  • Modify IRB protocols
  • Conduct community-based research


Work Schedule

Requires Flexible schedule


Salary Information

Grade: 11

Schedule of Salary Rates


As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. (

 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.

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