Research Assistantships

Below are the research assistantships available in our department.
Feel free to email the contact individual for that lab.
Please check back as new opportunities are listed on a continuing basis.

Contact: Professor Bruna Martins, bmartins@umass.edu
Responsibilities:

You will be asked to assist with research on a  range of lab studies of emotion, aging, and cognition. Research assistants  are expected to work 6-10 hours a week (commensurate with number of  credits) for a minimum of one year in the lab (2 semesters).

You are expected to engage in research tasks including study recruitment,   phone screening, neuropsychological testing, attending lab meetings, and  running study participants in fMRI, eye tracking, and behavioral study  protocols. This position requires a mature candidate with strong  professionalism, good organization and communication skills, and who feels  comfortable working with older adults.

Indicate any Prerequisites :: 1. Psychology/Neuroscience, Biology, Applied  Engineering, Computer Science
2. A copy of unofficial transcripts
3. Small (half page) statement about your goals and interest in our lab [So  far I sent the prospective student a blurb from your UMass vitality lab  website and she said that was very helpful!]
4. Ability and aptitude to contribute to research as evidenced by a letter  of recommendation from a professor, teaching assistant, supervisor, or  other individual within a supervisory role.
5. An interest in the lab research program, or interest in pursuing  graduate school
6.  A one year commitment to the lab
 

To apply please follow the link to the online application. 
https://goo.gl/forms/B9lLQcopu7wVCGoS2 

Pre-requisites: See above
Times you must be available: Typically M-F 9-5AM for 3 hour blocks of time
Hours per week: 6-10 hours/week
Credits: 2-3 credits
Contact: Professor Kyle Cave , kcave@psych.umass.edu
Responsibilities:

In this experiment, subjects move from room to  room in a house, searching for items while wearing an eyetracker that  records a video of what they see and where they fixate at each moment. Your  job is to observe the resulting videos and make a record of each action  that they take during the search. Your coding of the videos will result in  data that can be quantitatively analyzed.

Pre-requisites: patience and attention to detail
Times you must be available: scheduling is very flexible
Hours per week: 6-12 hours per week depending on credits
Credits: 2-4 credits
Contact: Professor Kyle Cave , kcave@psych.umass.edu
Responsibilities:

You will help in testing subjects in our  computer-controlled experiments of visual perception, attention, and  working memory. You will attend our lab meetings and contribute to research  discussions, and you will help in analyzing and interpreting the  experimental results and in defining new research questions and designing  new experiments.

Times you must be available: Scheduling is flexible.
Hours per week: 6-12 hours per week depending on credits
Credits: 2-4 credits
Contact: Sanjana Kadirvel, Graduate Student , sanjanakadirvel@gmail.com
Responsibilities:

We seek to understand how stressful family  relationships impact indices of allostatic load rendering individuals more  or less susceptible to adverse health outcomes. We consider bio-behavioral  processes in the Latino community, with the hope of identifying protective  and risk factors for mental health.

Research Assistants will be required to
•    Conduct literature reviews
•    Assist study designs and interpretations
•    Construct surveys
•    Collect data
•    Data entry and analysis


Indicate any Prerequisites :: •    Basic knowledge of research methodology and  statistics in psychology
•    Sophomore/Juniors
•    Interest in research
•    Considering independent research/honors thesis in the future
•    Basic fluency in Spanish is a bonus

Times you must be available: Monday-Friday 9-5. Some weekends
Hours per week: 6 or 9 hours depending on credits requested
Credits: 2 or 3 depending on hours worked
Contact: Sanjana Kadirvel, Graduate Student , SPaHLab@umass.edu
Responsibilities:

We study how features of the social  environment affect health-related behaviors and outcomes.We examine a range  of social processes, including: Mimicry, peer social networks, and  community norms. We also examine a range of health behaviors, including:  Alcohol consumption, eating unhealthy foods, and HIV risk behaviors.
Research Assistants will help with a variety of tasks including literature  reviews, study design and interpretation, survey construction, data  collection and data entry and analysis

We are especially interested in recruiting  students who:
-are at least rising sophomores
-have basic knowledge of research methodology and statistics
-would be interested in conducting independent research or an honors thesis  in the future

Times you must be available: Mon-Friday 9am-7pm
Hours per week: 6-9 hours/week
Credits: 2 or 3 depending on hours worked
Contact: Professor Bernhard Leidner , bleidner@umass.edu
Responsibilities:

We are seeking 2-3 RAs to work closely with us  on research on group rivalries.

The duties will include contributing ideas to project development,  monitoring recruitment procedures, corresponding with participants, running  participants in the lab, tracking participation rates over time, and  communicating updates with others in our research team.

This role requires high attention to detail, problem-solving skills,  organization skills, self-motivation, and the flexibility to work  independently as well as in collaboration with others.

Ideally, the RA should be comfortable using Excel/Google Sheets and Gmail.

We will schedule regular team meetings based on everyone's availability.  You will be expected to have regular hours available for the lab during  weekdays (between 8am and 7pm), but we will schedule those hours around  your availability.

Necessary training and supervision will be provided by Dr. Reinhard, Dr.  Leidner, and the lab manager Kendall Beals.

For more information about the lab in general, please visit:
http://people.umass.edu/bleidner/

To apply, please go to the lab website click on “Join the lab” and then  “Lab Application Form.”

For questions, please email lab manager Kendall Beals at kbeals@umass.edu  or David Reinhard at dreinhard@umass.edu
 

Pre-requisites: Statistics (Psych240) and research methods (Psych241) are desirable but not strictly necessary if you are able and willing to learn "on the fly".
Times you must be available: Flexible
Hours per week: 9 hours/week
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Se Min Suh, Graduate Student , ssuh@umass.edu
Responsibilities:

Research assistants will be expected to attend  regular meetings to discuss the research projects, review relevant literature on theoretical background,  brainstorm and contribute study ideas, create surveys, collect and enter  data, run experiments, and conduct basic statistical analyses.

We are especially interested in recruiting  students who:
•    are Sophomores or Juniors
•    have some basic knowledge of research methodology & statistics
•    would be interested in conducting independent research/Honors thesis
•    are members of underrepresented groups
•    are passionate about social justice and environmental issues

Please email humanrelationslab@gmail.com if you want to learn more about or apply for the position.

Times you must be available: TBD
Hours per week: 6-9 hours/week
Credits: 2-3 credits
Contact: Professor Katie Dixon-Gordon, katiedg@umass.edu
Responsibilities:

Assisting with conducting research on emotion  dysregulation, self-injury, and borderline personality disorder. Research  assistants are expected to volunteer 8-10+ hours a week for a minimum of 3  semesters. They are expected to engage in responsible, ethical conduct of  research including (but not limited to) compiling data collection  instruments, running participants, entering data, scoring  psychophysiological data, and/or conducting screens.

Prerequisites :
        1) Psychology Major or A/A- grade in at least  2 300-level psychology courses
        2) Overall GPA ~> 3.4 (as evidenced by your unofficial transcript)
        3) Interest in pursuing graduate school in psychology
        4) Interest in Professor Dixon-Gordon’s research lab
        5) Ability and aptitude to contribute substantially to research as  evidenced by a letter of recommendation from a professor, teaching  assistant, or supervisor.
 

Pre-requisites: See Above
Times you must be available: Depends on availability - usually between 8am-8pm M-F
Hours per week: 9-10 hours/week
Credits: 3 credits