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ISSR Graduate Research Consultant Position Announcement

The Institute for Social Science Research is accepting applications for Graduate Research Consultants.

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Seeking Graduate Research Consultants for ISSR, Fall 2014

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) is seeking applications for advanced graduate students to serve as consultants for our Computational Research Consulting service for fall semester 2014. 

The role of an ISSR consultant is to assist students, faculty, and other researchers in the UMass community with their scholarly and applied research projects.  The primary job responsibilities are to staff our new analytical computing software lab, respond to walk-in and electronic (email) requests for assistance, and perform general administrative duties.  In addition, we expect each consultant to prepare and deliver at least two seminars (per semester) on a research methods topic.

Ideally, our team of consultants will cover a broad spectrum of research expertise in the social science, and we therefore are seeking candidates from a variety of academic disciplines with proficiencies covering a range of analytical software platforms (e.g., Stata, R, NVivo, SAS, etc.) and modes of research (quantitative, qualitative, survey-based, Geographic Information Systems, web-based data mining, data visualization, etc.).  We are interested in doctoral students from within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and will consider applicants from other departments around the campus that have a strong background in social science research.

Desired qualifications include:

·         Proficiency in at least one of the following software platforms:  Stata, SAS, R, NVivo, MAXQDA, ArcGIS, or other commonly used analytical platform (please describe in cover letter).

·         Understanding of commonly used secondary data sources in the social sciences (may vary by discipline) and experience in developing analytical databases for research.

·         At least 2 semesters of advanced (doctoral-level) coursework in either quantitative or qualitative research methods. 

·         A friendly, patient, and helpful demeanor with a genuine interest in assisting others.

A typical appointment is for 5 hours a week during the academic semester, depending on need and availability. The position does not qualify for tuition remission or full health benefits, but would make a great source of supplemental income. Our past methodology consultants have done very well in the job market after completing their PhDs, so the benefits of having this experience on your CV is an additional asset.

The ISSR graduate research consultants are funded by support from the Graduate School.

To apply please submit a cover letter stating your research interests and scope and depth of methodological expertise (including a list of past graduate methods coursework w grades).  Also include contact information for at least two faculty references who can speak to your research abilities.

Interested students should send a letter of interest, CV, and names of references to Henry Renski at

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 25.