2019-2020 Graduate Research Assistantship

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Sep 30, 2019
Annapolis, MD


Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation to the University of Maryland (UMD), the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is a national research center that hosts scholars from around the world who are working on problems related to the complex interactions between humans and the environment. The Center is located in beautiful historic Annapolis, just 25 miles from UMD’s College Park campus. State-of-the-art facilities, advanced cyberinfrastructure, and scientific staff provide resident and visiting scholars and students with a high level of support.

A full-time (20 hour per week) graduate research assistantship (GRA) is available for a UMD graduate student working on natural or social problems relevant to the dynamics of socio-environmental systems. The Center seeks applications from current master’s students or PhD students who have passed their qualifying exams (a.k.a. preliminary exams), and have an interest in scientific research program development and management. The GRA will primarily support SESYNC’s Graduate Student Research Program, which includes novel initiatives to engage graduate students in socio-environmental synthesis research. Support is additionally sought for other interdisciplinary programs and research projects that bring diverse groups of scientists and scholars to the Center.

 Duties include: 

  • Organization and management of incoming research applications and program proposals
  • Management and coordination of interdisciplinary research and training events and workshops
  • Assisting SESYNC leadership with program development and other activities as needed

GRA applications will be ranked primarily by the quality and feasibility of the work to be undertaken at SESYNC. In particular, applications will be ranked with regard to:

  • Status as a current, full-time master’s or PhD student at University of Maryland, College Park
  • Prior experience with scientific program management and event organization
  • Enthusiasm for socio-environmental synthesis research and interdisciplinary team science
  • Clear ability to engage and communicate (both written and orally) with students and scientists from diverse backgrounds
  • Feasibility for travel to the Center in Annapolis
  • Evidence of time management and research/work balance
  • Demonstration of academic excellence within the applicant’s home department and discipline
  • Interest in (or prior experience) promoting diversity and inclusion in science and research (desired but not mandatory)   

To qualify, applicants must be within commuting distance from Annapolis and able to work at the Center two full days per week. During a GRA’s time at SESYNC, he/she/they is/are considered an employee of UMD and will receive a stipend, tuition remission for their graduate-level UMD courses, and will be eligible for benefits. A 12-month appointment is eligible for renewal based on performance. Applicants from any discipline/department on campus meeting the above criteria are encouraged to apply. 

How to Apply: 

Applications must be submitted as a single PDF file including cover sheet, full CV, and the names and contact information for three references. This information must be submitted via email to SESYNC’s Assistant Director for Interdisciplinary Science, Dr. Nicole Motzer, at nmotzer@sesync.org. Please include “UMD GRA Application – [NAME]” in the email subject line.    

For best consideration, applications should be submitted by August 16, 2019 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities and Women Are Encouraged to Apply

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