M.S. Graduate Research Assistant Position, Southern Illinois University

Edwardsville, IL

Job Title: Graduate Research Assistant

Organization: Southern Illinois University

Type of opportunity:  Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) has several two-year funded M.S. positions open for graduate research assistants at the intersection of science education, citizen science, and environmental health monitoring. The graduate assistants will join our NSF and NIH funded research grants focused on community-based science education.

Duties: The chosen candidates will play a central role in our collaborative research team mentoring 6th through 9th graders in underserved communities as they develop and conduct environmental research projects. Projects will combine portable environmental sensors with Geographic Information Systems to evaluate local conditions, including air contamination, soil contamination, noise levels, or modifications to the natural and/or built environment. Research questions will be developed following a participatory research model, in discussion with participating youth, family members, and interested community members. The graduate assistants will be involved in all aspects of research, including designing and implementing protocols, recruiting and mentoring youth participants, collecting and analyzing data, and writing up research results as part of their M.S. theses. The graduate assistants will also have an opportunity to write research articles for peer-reviewed publications, and present the research results at conferences.

Desired qualifications: We welcome applicants who have some combination of the following experiences and/or interests

  • Mentoring and interacting with youth in out-of-school settings
  • Effective communication (orally and in writing) with adults and youth from multiple backgrounds
  • Citizen science, action science, or community-based participatory research
  • Working with environmental field sensors, Geographic Information Systems, or data visualization
  • Academic training in environmental science, public health, science education, or a specific STEM field
  • Environmental justice

Candidates with a strong interest in the promotion of diversity in STEM and STEM education are especially encouraged to apply.

Start and end dates: Preferred start date of Fall, 2019 or January, 2020.

Salary/pay: These positions are 50%-time (20 hours/week) two-year appointments. Each comes with a competitive M.S. stipend, full tuition remission, and a set-aside budget for research supplies.

How to apply: Interested applicants should send a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and any relevant background, training, or experiences. Please send your cover letter, cv, and any professional correspondence (e.g., questions you may have) by email to Ben Greenfield (begreen@siue.edu).

Application deadline: These positions will be open until filled