Departmental Assistant/Sleep Technician - 2 Positions
Job no: 501214
Work type: Hourly
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Personalized Health Monitoring
Pay Grade: No Pay Grade
Categories: Research, Temporary Non-Benefited
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.
The Human Testing Center technician will have the primary responsibility of conducting sleep studies and preparing reports for industry and academic partners. The technician will also assist with other operational aspects in the Human Testing Center.
- Conduct sleep studies including PSG, actigraphy, and other novel measures of sleep recording
- Contribute specialized knowledge to the design of sleep studies
- Participant recruitment and scheduling
- Collect polysomnography (PSG), actigraphy, behavioral and other measures of sleep
- Coordinate research and consumer sleep monitor technologies for studies that aim to benchmark and improve consumer products
- Adapt research methods to customer targets while maintaining quality and accuracy of the data
- Ensure compliance with study design.
- Analyze data (including PSG scoring) and develop reports for industry partners
- Assist in other operational aspects of the Human Testing Center as needed.
- Training and supervising junior technical staff in the implementation of sleep data collection, scoring, and other lab duties
- Facilitate and communicate with ad hoc technicians for double scoring of datasets when needed
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
- Ability to independently collect and analyze sleep data from PSG system as indicated by RPSGT training or equivalent
- Ability to tailor sleep study design to meet goals of industry partners
- Capacity to work independently
- Two years of experience conducting human subjects research
- Certified Registered Polysomnography Technician (RPSGT) or equivalent training
- Ability to adapt to a fast paced, result-oriented environment
Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
- Knowledge and experience in research and development of commercial sleep/activity sensors
- Developing industry relevant research reporting and study design
- Having conducted independent research preferred
- Two years of collecting and scoring PSG independently preferred.
- 37.50 hours per week. Hours will vary depending on testing schedule.
- This position will frequently require overnight sleep studies.
- $26.64 - $30.00/hr
- Non-benefited, temporary one (1) year position
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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