College of Engineering Graduate Student Research Assistant

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Classification:Graduate Assistant - Research (non-taxable)
Grade:Grad Research Student
Work type:Graduate Student Worker
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA College of Engineering
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

We are accepting applications for a master’s student in Computer Vision as part of a project that will develop technology to detect and predict aquatic invasive species transmission with the help of seaplanes. USGS Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center, is funding the project with the goal of using climate models to assess the vulnerability of species, habitats and human communities.


100Under faculty supervision, the student will work with seaplane pilots to collect photographic imagery from cameras mounted on seaplanes and develop machine learning algorithms capable of automatically detecting elodea, an invasive aquatic plant that is spreading across Alaska. The student will be required to complete and defend a thesis as part of the degree requirements.Essential

This position covers the graduate student’s in-state tuition, health insurance, and hourly pay ($17.54/hr) up to 20 hours per week. 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 student will be required to complete and defend a thesis as part of the degree requirements.

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date. Initial review date is February 15, 2022 at 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 

To apply for this position, please apply online and include the following documents:
1) A cover letter that describes your interest and relevant experience
2) Current resume
3) Unofficial transcripts (finalists will provide official transcripts)
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please contact Frank Witmer ( and Tobias Schwoerer ( if you have any questions regarding the position.


Candidate must be reliable and possess a strong work ethic and desire to learn. Candidate must possess good verbal and written communication skills, be highly organized, and be able to work independently with minimal supervision.


Experience with programming languages (Python, Matlab, R), working with digital imagery, and machine learning techniques. Graduate students must be full-time (9 credits or more) to be eligible for an assistantship; audited classes do not count toward full-time classification. Graduate students in their final semester of study are only required to register for 6 credits for graduate assistantships. Must hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher.


Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, or related field, as well as acceptance and enrollment in the UAA Master of Science Interdisciplinary Studies program.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

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.



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Applications close: Alaskan Daylight Time

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