Friday, November 20, 2009

Research Assistantship for Winter Quarter 2010

The Graduate School solicits applications for a part-time, 50% FTE one quarter Research Assistantship (RA) appointment (with possibility of re-appointment for additional quarters) to help analyze information and data related to UW graduate education.

Responsibilities will include:
1. Research, analyze and report on graduate education data. This will require using Graduate School databases, the UW Enterprise Data Warehouse, and other institutional, web and library sources. This will also require collaboration with Graduate School staff.
2. Create reports that communicate data and analysis to the UW and larger communities.
3. Provide data analysis and information for use with internal and external constituencies via updates, published reports, and the Graduate School website.
4. Create short surveys to obtain information to supplement existing Graduate School data (e.g., short surveys of staff working in graduate education, graduate students, faculty, etc.)
5. Build local reporting systems to provide access to information that will support internal decision-making and strategic planning and communications.

The RA will report to the Dean of the Graduate School, and also work closely with the Director of Computing and Information Resources, and the Director of Communication and Marketing.
# Full-time graduate student status at the University of Washington
# Demonstrated aptitude for data gathering, analysis, reporting, writing.
# Basic statistical knowledge and ability to use programs such as SPSS;
# Proficiency in MS Office applications with emphasis on MS Access and Excel.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
# Research-based master's degree and experience with data analysis, reporting, writing.
# Survey design experience and proficiency with TSQL, Excel pivot tables and PowerPoint are highly desirable.
# Experience with graduate education data and methods
# Experience using warehouse tools, including business analytics
Condition of Employment:
# Currently registered UW graduate student


The salary schedule may be found Graduate Student Salary Schedule.

Research Assistants will be required to register for a minimum of ten credits per quarter; successful applicants will be responsible for paying any student fees. Operating Fee (including most of tuition) will be paid. Graduate Appointee accident/sickness insurance will be provided.

This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit: UW/UAW Contract Preamble.
The appointment may continue beyond Winter quarter, contingent upon satisfactory performance.

Application Process:
Part of the application process for this position includes submitting a resume/vitae and completing the on-line cover letter assessment as well as the Employment Eligibility Assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The assessments will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.

The application deadline is December 3, 2009, however, application materials submitted sooner will be considered immediately. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Decisions and notification to all applicants will be communicated by December 11, 2009 and the appointment will begin on December 16, 2009.
Questions concerning the position or the application process may be sent to

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Post Bachelor Fellowship and Information Session

Information Session

Date: Monday, November 23, 2009
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Mary Gates Hall, Room 258 (Multipurpose Room)

The Post-Bachelor Fellowship is a structured program where individuals can apply their knowledge and passion to help advance the field of health metrics and accelerate global health progress. This fellowship provides a unique opportunity for recent college graduates with strong quantitative skills to train with faculty and senior researchers on a variety of global health projects.

The Post-Bachelor Fellowship (PBF) combines academic research, education and training, and professional work with progressive on-the-job training and mentoring from an illustrious group of professors and researchers. Through research, training workshops, coursework, and field experience in developing countries as well as active mentorship and advising, the PBF program aims to produce the next generation of scholars and leaders in global health measurement and evaluation.

The purpose of the fellowship is to:

* Cultivate talented young professionals to become future leaders in the field of health through an improved understanding of the connection between high-quality information and improving health around the globe.

* Advance aptitude in developing and applying sophisticated analytical methods.

* Develop understanding of the current global health landscape and its challenges.

* Prepare fellows for future positions in a wide variety of careers that include: academia, national health agencies, international organizations, foundations, and businesses.

* Provide a mentoring and learning environment for recent college graduates.

The Post-Bachelor Fellowship requires a minimum two-year commitment, commencing with training and orientation in early September. Fellows are eligible to apply for a fully funded Master of Public Health (MPH) in Global Health during the first year of the fellowship. Fellows receive a salary of $35,004 and are eligible for an insurance benefits package that includes a choice among several medical and dental insurance plans, life insurance, and long-term disability. There is no retirement package included with this appointment.



Program on Climate Change Fellowships

Graduate student fellowships are an important part of the PCC, and are awarded to highly qualified students interested or involved in interdisciplinary climate research. Traditionally, fellowships have been awarded to first-year students in one of the PCC core departments.
To enhance PCC's interdisciplinary flavor , we now also award PCC fellowships to students *outside the core* departments.

The Program on Climate Change is able to award one nine-month at-large fellowship for the academic year 2010/2011; the student may be an incoming, first year student, or an existing student enrolled in a degree granting UW department, excluding those in departments that currently receive PCC fellowships (ESS, Chemical and Physical Oceanography, and Atmospheric Sciences).

To be considered for this fellowship, the student must have the prerequisite science and mathematics coursework to qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Climate Science (GCeCS) as listed under part (b) of the Admission Requirements (see Graduate Certificate link under Academics on the PCC web site).

Application materials must be submitted to the PCC office, with recommendation from a potential faculty advisor in their home department, by 5 May 2010. The application must include:

1. A copy of the application submitted to the home department, including undergraduate and graduate transcripts (where applicable).

2. Statement from the applicant describing their research area, how they see the PCC relating to their career/research interests, and affirm that they plan to fulfill the requirements of the climate certificate.

3. Recommendation from their chosen faculty advisor, who should be or become familiar with the PCC and PCC educational goals.

4. A list of science and mathematics prerequisites and grades received, that fulfill the Admission Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Climate Science (GCeCS).

*All PCC Fellowship Awardees are expected to participate in PCC-sponsored activities and are highly encouraged to enroll in the graduate climate certificate (GCeCS) .*

Additional PCC program information can be found at:

Questions? Please contact the PCC Director, Chris Bretherton (, or the PCC Program Manager, Miriam Bertram (

Smithsonian Institution Fellowships

SPONSORING AGENCY: The Smithsonian Institution

PURPOSE: As part of its mandate for "the increase and diffusion of knowledge," including the diverse ideas, skills, and cultures of our nation, the Smithsonian Institution pursues policies of equal opportunity and cultural diversity. Smithsonian fellowships and internships are awarded on the basis of these policies. Graduate Fellowships allow students to conduct research for ten-week periods in association with Smithsonian research staff members. Predoctoral, Postdoctoral, and Senior Fellowships allow students to conduct research for periods of three to twelve months.


  • American History, American Material and Folk Culture, and the History of Music and Musical Instruments
  • History of Science and Technology
  • History of Art, Design, Crafts, and the Decorative Arts
  • Anthropology, Archeology, Linguistics, and Ethnic Studies
  • Evolutionary, Systematic, Behavioral, Environmental Biology and Conservation
  • Earth, Mineral, and Planetary Science
  • Materials Characterization and Conservation

• Graduate Student Fellowships: Applicants must be formally enrolled in a graduate program of study, must have completed at least one semester, and must not yet have been advanced to candidacy in a doctoral program. Fellowships allow research for ten-week periods.

• Predoctoral Fellowships: Applicants must have completed coursework and preliminary examinations for the doctoral degree, and must be engaged in dissertation research. In addition, candidates must have the approval of their universities to conduct their doctoral research at the Smithsonian for a three- to twelve-month period.

• Postdoctoral and Senior Fellowships: Postdoctoral applicants must have held the doctoral degree or equivalent for fewer than seven years as of the application deadline. Senior Fellowship applicants must have held the doctoral degree or equivalent for more than seven years as of the application deadline. Applications for senior fellowships may be made up to two years in advance.

EVALUATION AND SELECTION: Applicants are evaluated on their academic standing, scholarly qualifications, experiences, the quality of the research project or study proposed and its suitability to Smithsonian collections, facilities, and programs.

• Senior and Postdoctoral - $42,000 per year
Earth and Planetary Sciences Senior and Postdoctoral - $47,000 per year
Predoctoral - $27,000 per year
Graduate Students - $6,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 15 annually
For additional information and application materials, please visit the Smithsonian Institution Fellowships Home Page.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship

The Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards is now accepting applications from students for the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship. Mrs. Liebmann set up a trust fund to provide funding for graduate students of “outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.” This is the first year that we have participated in this national fellowship competition; we are able to send three nominees to the foundation for consideration. The Office of Fellowships and Awards will collect all applications and a faculty panel will review and choose the nominees.

AWARD: The fellowship provides an $18,000 stipend plus tuition and may be renewed for a total of three years of funding.

FIELDS: Eligible fields are: any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture, or other formal professional training).

Must be in an advanced degree program at the UW
Must be U.S. citizen
Must have outstanding undergraduate record
Must show financial need
Must have received baccalaureate degree
Not advocate communism . . . (yes this is for real.)

APPLICATIONS: Paper applications are available from the Office of Fellowships and Awards, G-1 Communications Building

DEADLINE: January 4, 2010

For more information about the fellowship and application process, please go to: or contact us at or 206-543-7152

SIPP Analytic Research Small Grants

Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) Analytic Research Small Grants Competition

Application Deadline: December 4, 2009

The National Poverty Center (NPC) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan seeks proposals for innovative research projects that use data from the 2004 and/or 2008 SIPP Panels. The NPC anticipates funding up to 8 proposals. Awards will range from a maximum of $20,000 for research using SIPP public-use data and/or SIPP Synthetic Beta (SSB) data, to a maximum of $40,000 for research using SIPP Gold Standard restricted-use data and/or comparative analyses using SIPP Synthetic Beta (SSB) and SIPP Gold Standard restricted-use data. Grants will begin February 1, 2010 and end January 31, 2011. Funds for this competition are provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, Housing and Household Economics Statistics Division.

For details, please visit:

Proposals will be considered that use earlier waves of SIPP data, but the project must use data from the 2004 and/or 2008 SIPP Panels, or from the SIPP Synthetic Beta (SSB) or SIPP Gold Standard restricted-use data. Comparisons of estimates from various data sources and studies on the effects of program participation on low-income populations are also encouraged. Possible research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Investigating spell length and transitions to and from use of government programs, such as TANF, Food Stamps, WIC, SSI, unemployment insurance, etc.;
  • Analyzing the interaction of employment and unemployment with participation in government programs;
  • Elucidating the various mechanisms accounting for relationships between family structure/changes and indicators of well-being broadly defined to include income, material hardships, health or mental health;
  • Focusing on the well-being of both adults and children in analyses of the impact of family structure and change; disentangling the effects of income on family structure/transitions;
  • Focusing on men's or women's work lives, family transitions, and well-being;
  • Examining the transitions and/or spells in health insurance coverage and their relationship to other transitions.

ITHS Ignition Awards

The "Institute of Translational Health Sciences" (ITHS) was funded through the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). The ITHS brings together scientists at the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), Seattle Children's Hospital, Group Health Center for Health Studies, VA Puget Sound, Benaroya Research Institute Puget Sound Blood Center and other partner institutions in the Puget Sound region and in the WWAMI states to advance and transform clinical and translational research.
The purpose of the Ignition Awards is to support preclinical translational research in the areas of nonhuman primate models of human disease, drug delivery, transport, metabolism, pharmacokinetics, or pharmacogenetics and GMP manufacturing. This pilot funding should generate preliminary data to serve as a basis for submission of a new research grant application (e.g. R01-type grant to NIH or other funding agency) and/or subsequent clinical studies. Successful applicants are also provided preclinical development consulting through the Drug and Device Advisory Committee of the Institute of Translational Health Sciences.

Awards are selected on the basis of:
1. Applicability to the ITHS mission
2. Scientific merit
3. Proposed activities conducted on site at the WaNPRC
4. Innovation
5. Potential impact on human health
6. Potential for commercialization
7. Probability of future grant funding and/or clinical studies

Typical awards will be up to $50,000
For more information, please go to:
Applications must be received by November 12, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

Learning and Scholarly Technologies Graduate Assistant

Learning and Scholarly Technologies has an outstanding opportunity for Graduate Staff Assistant, Winter and Spring Quarters.

Job Location: 4518 University Way

Date Available: Winter and Spring quarters 2010
Deadline: November 20, 2009
Notification Deadline: December 4, 2009
Acceptance: December 11, 2009

Learning & Scholarly Technologies (LST) supports members of the University of Washington (UW) community as they discover, work toward, and achieve their learning, teaching and research goals. We explore innovative technologies and offer proven solutions, in collaboration with our clients, to help them stay at the forefront of their work.

LST is seeking a UW graduate student to serve as a Graduate Staff Assistant for winter and spring quarters. The Graduate Staff Assistant will be responsible for technical writing and editing. Projects include writing LST marketing materials and news stories; collaborating on technology research reports; creating and updating content for the LST Web site (, including online how-to guides, computing workshop curriculum, and profiles of technology use; collaborating with professional, graduate, and undergraduate staff on curriculum development and technical communication projects; and other duties as assigned.


# Currently registered UW Graduate Student in good standing and eligibility to hold a Graduate Student Assistantship.

Candidates should have a genuine interest in academic technology and enjoy working with and assisting people. Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as strong editing skills. In addition, candidates must be able to understand new technology quickly, work well as a member of a team and independently, communicate effectively with colleagues, exercise good judgment, and meet deadlines.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Other desired skills include the following: leadership ability; Web design skills and experience with Web languages; proficiency with PowerPoint and Excel, including chart design; teaching experience; and other relevant technology, writing, or technical communication experience.
Condition of Employment:
# Currently registered UW graduate student
# Candidates are hired through graduate appointments; applicants must therefore be enrolled at the UW and be in good standing with ten credits or more of graduate coursework.
# Applicants must also be able to work 20 hours from Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm.
# The appointment carries a stipend, tuition waiver, and health benefits.
# The appointment may continue beyond spring 2010, based on satisfactory performance and funding availability.

A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.

Salary information:
This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit: UW/UAW Contract Preamble.

Application Process:
Part of the application process for this position includes completing an on-line cover letter assessment as well as the Employment Eligibility Assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The assessments will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.

Application Timeline:
Application review begins immediately. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

For priority consideration, apply by: November 20, 2009
Notification: December 4, 2009
Acceptance: December 11, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) application is now available online. The deadline to apply is January 14th, 2010.

Please visit the FAQ's or Help sections of the application to answer any questions you may have or feel free to contact me at any time with further questions.

Teaching Assistant - Biology

Posting date: November 2, 2009
Application Deadline: November 13, 2009
Notification date: December 1, 2009
Acceptance date: December 4, 2009

50% FTE temporary Winter Quarter 2010 teaching assistant position(s).

Biology typically hires between one and eight non-Biology TAs every quarter, depending on commitments to Biology graduate students. TAs may be required to lead labs or quiz sections at lower division or upper division levels. Courses are offered in: Introductory Biology; Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology; Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology; Plant Biology; and Physiology.

Responsibilities include: attending lectures, teaching sections, grading, and additional course specific requirements of individual instructors. For further information about possible courses see University course catalog and time schedules.
Currently registered UW graduate student in good standing and eligible to hold a graduate student assistantship.

Availability for entire appointment timeframe (1/04/10-3/19/10).

Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
Satisfactory grades in one or more upper division courses in the appropriate field.
Condition of Employment:
Must be able to participate for the entire duration of the course.

How to Apply:
Fill out form available at:, and submit electronically to along with current CV, contact information for 2-3 references and proof of appropriate coursework.