Student Assistant Liaison -International Arctic Research Center

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  • Job Number:526047
  • Classification:Student Assistant 2
  • Grade:Student Assistant 2
  • Work type:Student Employee
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Intl Arctic Research Center
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Office/Clerical, Other/Miscellaneous, Research/Science

Position Summary:

Dr. Go Iwahana from the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) is inviting applications from dedicated undergraduate students at UAF, Fairbanks. The selected candidate will play a pivotal role in assisting and supporting international scholar guests, predominantly from Japan and other foreign countries. These scholars often require logistical assistance before, during, and post their stay in Fairbanks or while conducting fieldwork in Alaska.

Are you interested in a rich working environment for cross-cultural understanding and collaboration? This position offers the opportunity to interact closely with international people. Apply for this position! To be successful in this role you will demonstrate punctuality for all meetings and engagements. You will offer prompt responses to online (email, phone, zoom, etc.) communications and inquiries from scholars and colleagues. Effectively communicate with foreign scholars prior to their visits to assist with trip preparation and provide in-person support during the foreign scholar(s) stay in Fairbanks while ensuring their needs are catered to and facilitating a comfortable experience.

Key Responsibilities:

-Communication & Professionalism:
1. Ensure punctuality for all meetings and engagements.
2. Offer prompt responses to online communications and inquiries from scholars and colleagues.
3. Communicate with foreign scholars online prior to their visits to assist with trip preparation.
4. Provide in-person support during their stay in Fairbanks, ensuring their needs are catered to and facilitating a comfortable experience.

-Logistic Support:
1. Drive UAF rental cars or personal vehicles to assist scholars with their daily logistics.
2. Shuttle scholars between accommodations and working places or research sites.
3. Assist scholars during their fieldwork preparations and expeditions in Alaska.
4. Provide occasional translation or interpretation assistance, especially for Japanese scholars.
5. Liaise between the scholars and various UAF departments or Alaskan entities for seamless collaboration.

-Laboratory & Fieldwork:
1. Assist with laboratory tasks as requested from related research projects, including sample preparation and analyses.
2. Engage in fieldwork activities, which might include operating research equipment, moving supplies, and aiding in data collection.
3. Perform data entry into spreadsheet databases, ensuring accuracy and consistency.
4. Review datasets for anomalies and errors, ensuring data integrity.
5. Collect, maintain, and manage research data diligently.

Minimum Qualifications:

Enrollment as a student at UAF.

Ability to work between 10 to 20 hours a week (up to 40 hours in Summer).

Proficiency in the Japanese language is a strong advantage.

Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

Experience or willingness to work in laboratory and field settings.

A keen interest in fostering international collaboration and research.

Position Details:

This position is located on the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) campus in Fairbanks, flexible on-site/hybrid work arrangements may be considered in accordance with UA regulations. This is a part-time, non-exempt student position, starting at $15.00 dollars per hour. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified. 

IARC's Diversity Statement:

institutional benefits of diversity, and engages all individuals to help each thrive. Our strength and success as a research institute and university are built on the foundation of a wide range of perspectives and experiences. IARC is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, follow this link to IARC's DEI statement . If you are interested in helping IARC build a deeper understanding of the Arctic and respond to society's needs through actionable science, we encourage you to apply.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

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 affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider 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.

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

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Delia Lopez-Ketzler, IARC's HR Coordinator, at or 907-474-1960.

Advertised: Alaskan Daylight Time
Applications close: Alaskan Daylight Time

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