Student Research Assistant - International Arctic Research Center

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  • Job Number:521620
  • Classification:Student Assistant 2
  • Grade:Student Assistant 2
  • Work type:Hybrid, On Campus, Student Employee
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Intl Arctic Research Center
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Office/Clerical, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The International Arctic Research Center, in collaboration with Northern Social-Environmental Research (NSER) and the Alaska Center, is seeking a dedicated undergraduate student to serve as an undergraduate research assistant in Fairbanks, AK. This position will collaborate with project leader Dr. Tracie Curry (NSER) to organize and conduct outreach with the team on exploratory research concerning climate crisis impacts on interior Alaska minorities that are underrepresented in climate and adaptation research. Specifically, this research focuses on Black and Asian communities in Fairbanks, Alaska and aims to investigate climate perceptions and potentially disparate impacts experienced among members of the two groups. The ideal candidate will be passionate about climate research, understand the importance of connecting with a diverse array of communities, and skilled at developing and maintaining partnerships.



The project team is committed to supporting, centering, and working with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, Working-Class and Low-Income people, Women, LGBTQIAP people, and Disabled people in addressing the many crisis that impact us. We strongly encourage people of these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities to apply.

If you are a hard-working, motivated, enthusiastic UA student looking for a valuable and exciting learning and employment opportunity that will strengthen your curriculum in a professional field, consider applying to the International Arctic Research Center (IARC)


Include, but are not limited to:
● Assist with literature review, data collection, and analysis
● Outreach to community organizations and groups
● Schedule and advertise meetings and/or events;

● Ability to meaningfully engage Alaskans from diverse backgrounds,
● Experience working with communities of color and cross-cultural communication,
● Excellent organization, planning skills, and experience coordinating events,
● Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, respond quickly to emerging opportunities,
● Experience with databases and or data management,
● Experience or interest in qualitative research methods,
● Willingness to engage in phone and email conversations to gather information, host meetings, and plan
campaign events.


Applicant must be enrolled as a UAF student taking a minimum of 6 credits per semester with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or a newly enrolled student.


This position is a Student Assistant 2 position and starting wage is at $15.26 per/hr.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible. 


Please attach a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information (email and phone number) for at least three references. Applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis until this position is filled.


Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.


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.


UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:


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


Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.


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.


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.


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


Advertised: Alaskan Daylight Time
Applications close: Alaskan Standard Time

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