UMASS ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Graduate Research Assistant - Position Open

Research Assistant sought for fall semester 2017 for assistance in developing a University-wide Institutional Transformation (IT) proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE program.

The RA will work with the interdisciplinary ADVANCE planning team, and supervision will be coordinated through Laurel Smith-Doerr, Director of the Institute for Social Science Research. ADVANCE is a program to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers. The position will require collection and quantitative analysis of UMass institutional data, coordination and support services for cross-campus meetings of faculty involved in the project, collecting and summarizing relevant information on existing ADVANCE projects, library research and archiving of documents, assistance in survey design, collecting and analyzing data, writing summaries of results, and maintaining open communication with the planning team.

The position will pay the GEO minimum salary for 10 hours per week for the semester. The ideal candidate will have quantitative data analytic skills, organizational skills for working with a team, and be able to take the initiative and work independently. Preference for grad students familiar with survey methods and common quantitative analysis software (such as STATA, R, SPSS, or SAS) and for candidates whose research experience and goals align with the proposal project; familiarity with qualitative or mixed methods is a plus. Funding for the position has been provided by the Colleges of Engineering, Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Information and Computer Sciences.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter outlining relevant research training and experience, and a CV with the names of 2 faculty references to: lsmithdoerr@soc.umass.edu. Questions may also be directed to Prof. Smith-Doerr at the same address. Applications will be reviewed starting August 16, and will continue until the position is filled.