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Graduate Research Assistant, Washington Sea Grant

Posted: 8/1/2017 (Employment)

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) has an exciting opportunity for a social science graduate student research assistant. Based at the University of Washington, WSG provides statewide research, outreach, and education services addressing the challenges facing our ocean and coasts

General Duties/Description:

WSG is looking for a research assistant (RA) to join their team for the 2017-2018 Academic Year to:

  • Work with the WSG lead (Poe) to conduct ethnographic interviews with fisheries participants in West Coast communities
  • Contribute to the analysis of quantitative (survey) and qualitative interview data
  • Review and synthesize relevant literature (e.g., fishing communities well-being, etc.)
  • Contribute to project outputs, including work on peer-review manuscript(s) and presenting results at a professional conference
  • Provide project support as needed, including during stakeholder workshops


The ideal candidate for this position is a graduate student with interest in environmental social sciences, particularly focusing on West Coast fisheries or other natural resource based livelihoods. This could be an ideal opportunity to support a thesis project. We are seeking a candidate with experience or training in qualitative and quantitative social science research methods. The candidate must be able to travel to coastal communities in WA, OR, and CA to conduct interviews for multiple 1-2 week periods. Field work likely to take place in late fall or winter quarter. Travel expenses are covered through project funds. Experience with data analysis tools such as AtlasTi and SPSS, R-Survey, etc., is desired. To succeed in this position, the person will possess good communication and writing skills, and be committed to following professional ethics. A successful applicant should be prepared to carry out work in an organized fashion, able to work independently, and also be comfortable working with people. Must be a currently enrolled UW graduate student and hold a current driver’s license.

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Deadline: 08/10/2017

Location: University of Washington