Research Methodologist

Institute for Social Science Research in Massachusetts

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted April 10, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is seeking applicants for qualified candidates to serve as our Research Methodologist.  The primary job responsibilities are developing and leading programs to support methodological skills and tools for social scientists. The Research Methodologist is expected to conduct innovative social science research, provide direct research and methodological advising to other researchers at UMass-Amherst, offer periodic instructional workshops on topics of broad interest to social science researchers, and manage and supervise a small team of graduate research consultants. The Research Methodologist will also work closely with the ISSR Director and staff to help design new initiatives to advance the service and research mission of the Institute.

Qualifications:  Qualified applicants must have a doctoral degree in a social science discipline such as sociology, political science, economics, and psychology, or related fields like public policy or public health. The candidate must have a deep background in quantitative social science methods and analytical techniques; strong organizational, writing, and verbal communication skills; experience mentoring and instructing others in research methods; and a genuine interest in collaboration and in facilitating research projects by students and colleagues.

This is a non-tenure track, academic year (9-month) position.  The initial appointment will be for one year with possibility for renewal contingent on performance and success in procuring external funding.  The earliest start date is September 1, 2014.  Review of applications begins May 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

To Apply:  Applicants must apply online through Interview Exchange:  Applications must include: 1) cover letter describing interest in this position and funded research plans, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) short writing sample, such as a published article or research grant proposal; Interview Exchange accepts these as uploads.  In addition, three letters of recommendation from scholars familiar with your research and mentoring capabilities must be submitted via email or U.S. mail to Karen Mason (, Attn: Research Methodologist Search, ISSR, W34A Machmer Hall, University of Massachusetts, 240 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003-9278.

For further information on ISSR, visit our website:  Please direct questions to Henry Renski (

The University provides an intellectual environment committed to providing academic excellence and diversity, including mentoring programs for faculty.  The College and Institute are committed to increasing the diversity of the faculty, student body and curriculum.  The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women,  minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.


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