Graduate Research Assistant - Alaska Center for Energy and Power

Graduate Research Assistant - Alaska Center for Energy and Power

  • 524544
  • Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
  • Graduate Student Worker
  • On Campus
  • Grad Student
  • UAF AK Center for Energy & Power

Current openings: Graduate Research Assistantship - Electric Vehicles in the Arctic

University of Alaska and Institute of Social and Economic Research

Start date: Fall 2024, 2-year position
20 hours/week during academic year
40 hours/week during summer
Tuition & other benefits included

Electric Vehicles in the Arctic (EVITA) brings together researchers, tribal community partners, electric utilities, and vocational programs in Kotzebue and Galena, Alaska, to understand how EVs can be integrated in remote Arctic communities to improve resilience and promote energy justice.

An ideal candidate would enroll in a masters of public policy (MPP) at the University of Alaska Anchorage and have a passion for community- driven research. Other graduate programs may be acceptable. This person would participate in workshops, surveys, and interviews. The goal is to increase our understanding of vehicle use, determine the feasibility of EVs, and identify policies that might help facilitate the integration of EVs. Desired candidates should have an interest in qualitative and quantitative skills, live in Anchorage, AK for the two years of the research assistantship, and be willing to travel.

This will be a research assistantship position so it will be for two years and include tuition, medical coverage, and pay $21/hr with 20 hours a week during the academic year and 40 hours/week during the summer. Based in Anchorage, AK.


Please apply via email  to PI Jennifer Schmidt at . If you have questions please contact Jennifer Schmidt at

UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:


The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) provides UA Graduates with valuable learning and employment opportunities in a variety of fields including engineering and technology. ACEP works with Alaskan communities and industries as leaders establishing the energy systems of the future. If you are a UA Graduate student with a passion for research, please consider applying to the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) Graduate Assistant Research pool. Multiple departments within ACEP may be hiring from this pool during the year and duties assigned will vary depending on the specific department’s needs.

Alaska Center for Energy and Power:

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) is a research-driven organization at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. ACEP is committed to equity, inclusion, and accountability and values the open sharing of different perspectives. We support a respectful and welcoming environment and a commitment to serving Alaska and Alaskans with strong applied science. Career growth and professional development are expected and encouraged.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, members from marginalized communities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Have experience, or interest and capacity to learn curricular or research design and support.

Have an understanding of how learning/research/creative processes works.

Ability to collaborate and work in a diverse environment.

Good organizational skills.

Good communication skills. Required Experience & Education:

Awarded Bachelor's degree and pursuing a graduate degree at UAF.

Experience in the RA topic area required.

Salary Information:

This is a graduate student position. New hires will be placed on the ACEP graduate student payscale based on education achieved.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position will be physically located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. The successful finalist will be expected to report to duty at the UAF office on the first day of employment.

Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application.  Applicants will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.  By submitting your application to this job posting you should understand that there is no guarantee your application will be reviewed or selected. This posting will be closed at the end of the fiscal year on 6/30/2024.


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.


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 Cassandra Ellis, Human Resources Coordinator, Alaska Center for Energy and Power, at or 907-474-5986.

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