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Graduate Research Assistant - University of Massachusetts Boston

Opportunity Type: 
Job

The Sustainable Solutions Lab (SSL) is an academic center at UMass Boston dedicated to understanding and addressing the disproportionate impacts of climate change on historically marginalized communities. We are currently soliciting applications for a Research Assistant. The Research Assistant will provide project management for research projects that may include exploring:

  • How residents of Great Boston, across neighborhoods and demographics, currently understand and experience climate change
  • How climate change will impact the housing crisis
  • How older adults are uniquely vulnerable to climate impacts
  • what equitable adaptation could look like and what processes, conditions and structures are necessary to achieve it
  • Other projects still to be defined.

Examples of Duties:

Research:

  • Supporting PIs in developing a strategy and timeline for research projects and helping with execution
  • Scheduling meetings with researchers and PI’s
  • Managing IRB application processes
  • Developing literature reviews and other desktop research
  • Conducting interviews

Communications:

  • Writing blog posts or news stories
  • Creating enewsletters
  • Populating SSL social media accounts with articles and other content
  • Developing posters and putting them up around campus

Logistics/events:

  • Ordering food, reserving rooms
  • Taking notes in meetings
  • Managing applications for seed grant proposals
  • Managing relationship with graduate student affiliates
  • Supporting event development with partners

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must be current or incoming UMass Boston graduate students who are affiliated with one of the schools or institutes that make up the Sustainable Solutions Lab. Applicants must be enrolled in UMass Boston or have submitted an application to a SSL affiliate school. For incoming students, an offer is contingent on acceptance to UMass Boston. This RA will have project management skills as well as experience with various research methods, and familiarity with Boston’s neighborhoods (especially immigrant communities, communities of color, and working class or poor communities) or experience in a similar urban context.

We are particularly interested in candidates for this Research Assistantship who:

  • Are interested in and have experience with addressing social inequities and promoting social justice.
  • Have experience living and/or working with the racial and ethnic, economically challenged, and under-resourced communities in Boston (or other similar urban areas).
  • Have coursework and/or lived experience that promotes an analysis of the effects of inequity (e.g. racism, ethnocentrism, class inequality, anti-immigrant attitudes)
  • Speak Spanish, Haitian Creole, Chinese, Portuguese/Cape Verdean Creole or Vietnamese (these are the most common languages spoken in Boston after English).
  • Have an understanding of the disparate impacts of climate change.

Application Process: To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV to SSL@UMB.edu. In the cover letter please highlight your experience working with diverse urban populations and indicate your experience with project management and various research methods.

Position restricted to matriculating UMass Boston graduate students in the following programs:

The SSL Research Assistantship is open to all current and incoming UMass Boston graduate students who are affiliated with one of the schools or institutes that make up the Sustainable Solutions Lab. SSL is a partnership among five colleges and four institutes within UMass Boston: the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Management, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, the School for the Environment, the Institute for Asian American Studies, the Institute for New England Native American Studies, The Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, and The William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black History and Culture.

Applicants must be enrolled in UMass Boston or have submitted an application to a SSL affiliate school. For incoming students, an offer is contingent on acceptance to UMass Boston.

Submit applications via email to:

ssl@umb.edu

Salary:

$30,000

Contract Period:

September 2020 through August 2021