Graduate Research Assistant (GRA): building resources to accelerate interdisciplinary team research

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Jun 01, 2018
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 facilitates research and builds scholarly capacities 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, researchers, and students with a high level of resources and support for data-driven synthesis projects and trainings.

A full-time, 12-month graduate research assistantship (GRA) is available for a University of Maryland graduate student. The Center seeks applications from current PhD students from any discipline with an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to scientific research and program development. Strong preference is given to applicants who have already completed qualifying exams or preliminary exams and are post-candidacy.

The GRA is sought to provide coordination and support for a new SESYNC project focused on developing a comprehensive set of resources and materials relevant to the theories, methodologies, and best practices that lead to successful interdisciplinary collaborative research. SESYNC’s goal is to make these resources available to a broad community of scholars and practitioners worldwide, with special emphasis on providing guidance for and encouraging the development of emerging leaders across academia. The GRA may also contribute to other SESYNC programs and activities on an as needed basis. 


GRA duties are expected to specifically include:

  • Coordination with SESYNC leadership and staff to establish and implement the project
  • Communication and coordination with project contributors from around the world
  • Organization, management, editing, and review of materials submitted to the project
  • Familiarization with and building and maintenance of a database of relevant works
  • Designing and disseminating the final compendium of diverse project materials (ranging from recorded talks to written pieces to webinars and tutorials)
  • Assisting SESYNC staff with other activities or programs associated with the Center on an as needed basis

To qualify for support, applicants must be within commuting distance to Annapolis, and must be able to work at the Center 2–3 full days per week. During a GRA’s time at SESYNC, he/she/they is/are considered an employee of the University of Maryland and will receive a stipend, tuition remission for graduate level courses at UMD as well as all other eligible benefits.

Selection Criteria

Applications received will be ranked with regard to individual applicants’:

  • Demonstration of academic excellence
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with literature reviews and document databases
  • Feasibility of commute to Annapolis
  • Evidence of time management and research/work balance
  • Interest in the emerging field and practice of interdisciplinary collaborative research
  • Experience with website programming or maintenance (optional but strongly preferred)
  • Knowledge of or experience with various media types and outreach tools (i.e. webinar platforms, video and audio recordings, infographics, etc.) (optional but strongly preferred)


For best consideration, applications should be submitted by 5pm on Friday June 1, 2018.  

How to Apply: 

Applications must be submitted as a single PDF including cover sheet, full CV, and the names and contact information for three references. Please direct any questions about this position to

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

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