FY22 - ISER Graduate Research Assistant (Socio-Ecological)

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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:

Graduate students will work with researchers at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) on a variety of projects related to arctic urban and rural social-ecological systems. Student researchers may be involved in collecting, entering, and analyzing data, writing reports and contributing to project management under the direction of the Pl The positions open are based on funded research projects (see duties) and we are recruiting multiple students to work on projects. The topics of the projects vary, and applicants can indicate which research topic they are interested in when applying. The Alaska based topics include: • retaining STEM teachers • modeling social-ecological connections • assessing climate-related environmental hazards • designing fuel treatments to reduce wildfire risk • building community resilience to wildfire • measuring sustainability for arctic cities The methods used for these projects differ, but will include qualitative (i.e. interview, surveys, etc.) and quantitative data (i.e. GIS, modeling, basic statistics ,etc.) methods. For more information about the project of interest please contact Dr. Berman or Dr. Schmidt.


The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting research to understand sustainability and resilience of arctic urban and rural social-ecological systems. There are several research opportunities available, and we will match candidates' skills and interests with the appropriate research topic.

The student will be advised by Dr. Matthew Berman and/or Dr. Jennifer Schmidt. These positions are funded by various research projects including: Alaska EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research; more information can be found at https://www.alaska.edu/epscor/fire-and-iceD , AURA (Arctic Urban Risks and Adaptations; https://www.respondtorisk.comD, Socio-ecological considerations for sustainable Fuel treatments to Reduce wildfire Risk (SAFRR), Sufficient  Compensation for Retention and Equity  (SCORE).



$17.54 - $23.67/hour

Applicant Instructions:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references. Please indicate what research topic you are interested in applying for in the cover letter.


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.

Contact Information:

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

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