Hiring full-time research assistant and post-doctoral research associate for Developmental Sleep and Cognition studies

Dr. Rebecca Spencer in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst is hiring a full-time research assistant and a post-doctoral research associate for NIH-funded research on sleep and memory in early childhood.

Post-doctoral research associate: The candidate must have completed or be in the process of completing a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology, or other related discipline.  Training in statistical methods, mastery of English speaking and writing, reliable transportation, and experience working with human subjects are required. Successful candidates must have keen attention to detail; ability to work professionally with parents, teachers, and children; and strong organization, problem solving, and analytic skills.

We seek a post-doc who is motivated and ambitious, who is prepared for a hands-on research experience including the use of new tasks and techniques, and who is prepared to be an intellectual contributor to the research. Responsibilities will include: (1) conducting experiments in young children (behavioral and physiological data collection); (2) data processing and analysis; (3) training and supervising graduate students, undergraduate students, and project assistants; (4) contributing to administrative duties of the lab; (5) assisting with research protocols and compliance; and (6) contributing to data dissemination (poster presentations, manuscript submissions).

Full-time research assistant: A bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field is required. Training in statistical methods, mastery of English speaking and writing, reliable transportation, and experience working with human subjects are required. Successful candidates must have keen attention to detail; ability to work professionally with parents, teachers, and children; and strong organizational, managerial, and problem solving, and analytic skills.

Responsibilities of the research assistant will include: (1) conducting experiments in young children (behavioral and physiological data collection); (2) contributing to data processing and analysis; (3) training and supervising graduate students, undergraduate students, and project assistants; (4) contributing to administrative duties of the lab; (5) assisting with research protocols and compliance; and (6) conducting library searches and literature reviews.

This lab is in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and part of the Neuroscience and Behavior Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Amherst, Massachusetts is in the beautiful western part of Massachusetts with plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities and scenery. Situated close to Boston, Providence, and New York City, the lab offers many opportunities to attend lectures and workshops and visit labs in the New England region.

The positions are set to begin as soon as possible with a start date before August 1, 2018 preferred. If interested, please send CV, letter describing research interests and goals, and the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Rebecca Spencer at rspencer @ psych.umass.edu.

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