Undergraduate Research Assistants (2) Navarro Lab

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Classification:Student Assistant C
Grade:Student C
Work type:Student Employee
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Southeast
School/Business unit:UAS School of Arts & Sciences
Location: Juneau
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

Student assistants are needed to assist local coastal fisheries oceanography research in the Navarro Lab. Successful candidates will have a strong desire to utilize their training to develop and complete a research project during the Spring 2020 semester. Project topics will include subtidal environmental impacts on a fishery species and will be presented at the URECA (April 2022) and/or the Alaska Space Grant Symposium (May 2022).


100%Student assistants are needed to assist with local coastal fisheries oceanography research in the Navarro Lab. Duties include dissection of coastal fisheries species, such as squid and setting up autonomous sensor to measure hydrographic properties of coastal seawater in and around Auke Bay. Works under general direction. Exercises independent judgment and decision-making in developing new procedures or techniques.Essential

Seeking sophomores and juniors interested in assisting and conducting independent research in coastal fisheries oceanography, with a desire to work on the ocean. Seniors may be considered but must have completed BIOL S271, STATS S200 and ENVS/GEOG S309 or S338, and have a strong scientific background that demonstrates proficiency in their science coursework at UAS.

UAS is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. Located in the ancestral homeland of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples, the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is fully committed to advancing the education and research aspirations of Indigenous peoples and is committed to ongoing work toward decolonization. These efforts are reflected in our UAS programs and formal community partnerships across our three campuses and throughout all of Southeast Alaska.


10 hours/week for the duration of the Fall 2021 semester with opportunity for independent research funding for Spring 2022.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Willingness to strive for excellence in their writing and interpersonal skills
Good leadership skills and motivated to succeed with projects (e.g. has a strong desire to submit for undergraduate research to URECA).
Ability to manipulate data to produce charts, graphs, and tables
Exercises independent judgment and decision-making in developing research techniques.
Strong ability for communicating science.
Interest in learning about coastal fisheries and oceanographic research.


Must be a UAS student enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours throughout employment duration. Drysuit diving and small boat experience desired for student to assist with local subtidal research. 

Required Education or Training:

Completion of BIOL S105-S106, CHEM S105-S106 required, or approval by the PI. Completion of BIOL S271, STATS 200, ENVS/GEOG S309 & S338 recommended. Students must have and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to be considered for this position. 

Type of Employment:

This is a student position, it does not earn leave or benefits. Students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA for this position, and must be carrying at least six (6) credits in course load for each semester employed.

Funding is through the Alaska Space Grant Program

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees and those positions designated by the president as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Training will be provided for the following job duties:

  1. Storage and quality control of time series data (animal imagery/video, seawater characteristics) and basic statistical analysis.

  2. Basic statistical analysis techniques

  3. Deployment and retrieval of oceanographic sensors (drysuit dive and small boat experience preferred but not required)

  4. Communicating science in informal and formal settings.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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