Graduate Research Assistant - Master of Public Policy Program FY23

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Classification:Graduate Assistant - Research (taxable)
Grade:Grad Research Student
Work type:Graduate Student Worker
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Coll of Bus & Public Policy
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is hiring a Master of Public Policy student to research community impacts of river erosion and policy solutions in Alaska’s Yukon River Watershed. This position will be part of a larger research project funded by the National Science Foundation on planning for and adapting to riverbank erosion. The position will be located in Anchorage, Alaska, with travel to the Yukon River Watershed region. It includes a two-year fellowship in UAA’s new Master of Public Policy program, designed for training Alaska’s future public policymakers, analysts, and administrators.



The student will assist with research on community adaptation to riverbank erosion and associated water quality impacts. The research team will be identifying policy priorities in this area for the Yukon Inter-tribal Watershed Council. The goal is to provide the Watershed Council with information for its watershed-wide, Indigenous water governance strategies. Student researchers assist with varied tasks including quantitative and qualitative data collection, data entry, confidential data management, transcription entry and processing, data analysis, drafting of reports and presentations, project management tasks, and various other research project tasks.


Undergraduate education, research, and writing experience in a social science discipline, i.e. political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, geography, or environmental studies. Demonstrated deep understanding of and experience with rural Alaska community life.


Completion of Bachelors Degree and acceptance into UAA's Master of Public Policy Program by August 2022.


Applicants should currently be in their last undergraduate year or a hold a bachelor’s degree in a social science discipline, such as political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, geography, or environmental studies.

This position is only open to applicants of the Master of Public Policy Program in the UAA College of Business and Public Policy. To learn more about the program, visit the website: To apply, visit UAA's Graduate School application website:

The assistantship includes tuition for two years in the UAA Master of Public Policy program (up to 36 credits). Students with an assistantship must be registered for at least nine credits during the fall and spring semesters and maintain at least a 3.00 GPA. 

The graduate assistant will be paid a stipend of $17.54/hr for a maximum of 20 hours per week while school is in session and 40 hours per week during the summer of 2023. While in a student position, a student cannot hold any other type of simultaneous employment.

Application Instructions:

Applications must include a maximum two-page cover letter explaining what interests you about this opportunity and how your experience makes you a good candidate; a resume; an undergraduate writing sample, and contact information (name, email, and phone) for two or more references.

Review of applications will begin: January 8, 2022 but the position will remain open until filled. Alaska Native students, and students with other traditionally underrepresented/marginalized identities are especially encouraged to apply.


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:


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.

Contact Information:

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

Advertised: Alaskan Standard Time
Applications close: Alaskan Daylight Time

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