May 27, 2014

Data Manager for Rudd Adoption Research Program

Technical Assistant III
Grade 15/Step 1,
Annual Salary at 75% time: $29,242.00.

Seeking Data Manager / Analyst (75% time) for the Rudd Adoption Research Program in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst. The successful applicant will provide data management and analysis support for multiple complex data sets. Project responsibilities include the following:
  • keep multiple complex data sets up and running and clean
  • maintain excellent documentation of analyses
  • maintain project codebooks and data manuals
  • create smaller data sets for students or investigators as needed
  • run analyses as needed for papers and reports, with the understanding that there would be the opportunity to co-author, with an appropriate level of contribution to the paper
  • assist with preparation of tables and figures
  • maintain and trouble-shoot the computers in the Rudd lab
  • maintain data security and IRB protocols
  • consult with lab personnel as needed
  • supervise  undergraduate RA(s)  who could assist
  • learn new statistical procedures and software as needed for new projects

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Sociology, or related field is strongly preferred. Minimum entrance requirements include the following:
  • ability to manage large data sets successfully.
  • ability to run statistical analyses accurately and with appropriate documentation.
  • demonstrated ability to write and maintain codebooks and data manuals (writing samples required).
  • demonstrated proficiency with SPSS syntax writing and analysis.
  • ability to use statistical packages such as HLM and MPlus for complex multivariate procedures.
  • ability to work independently with little supervision and to work effectively as a team member.
  • understanding of multivariate procedures such as structural equation modeling and hierarchical linear modeling.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be a collaborator in research that will be presented at major conferences and published in major journals and will have the opportunity to learn new software for multivariate statistics.

Please apply online at and provide the following:
  • CV or resume
  • cover letter detailing how you meet the qualifications for the position
  • names and contact information for 3 references who can attest to your qualifications
  • writing samples – to include codebooks or data documentation you have developed and samples of SPSS syntax you have written.

The position reports to Harold D. Grotevant, Rudd Family Foundation Chair in Psychology. Review of applications will begin June 21, 2014.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.   

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