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Graduate Research Assistant - Chemistry and Geosciences (Spring 2024)

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Work type: Graduate Research Assistant
Location: Jacksonville (Main Campus)
Categories: Student Employment


College of Science & Mathematics

Position Summary:

The duties for the GRA are to generate waypoint data for recreational waterways for the Alabama Scenic River Trail (ASRT). The individuals will be responsible for identifying GPS data for mile marker points, as well as other points of interest and notable landmarks as determined by ASRT staff. The GRA will work independently for much of the time with weekly reports to JSU and ASRT staff. This position may also require assistance with field data collection and GIS analysis. These duties could include traveling to a field site and working in various weather conditions. Training will be provided.

The selected GRA will be expected to work independently with some supervision. Most of the work will be accomplished on a computer capable of running ArcPro. The GRA will be expected to work on average 20 hours per week. 

Time management skills and self-motivation to complete the task is essential.

Funding is for this project for one semester, with an evaluation of effectiveness and reporting to ASRT after this pilot semester. The data collected could be used as part of a thesis or graduate project. For more details or if you have any questions, please contact

Positions will be filled based on individual applicant’s skills, qualification, and departmental needs.

If you choose to apply for employment as a graduate student at JSU, your transcripts and letters of recommendation will be reviewed by personnel from the units who have posted a graduate administrative assistantship position.


$8.25 per hour with a max of 20 hours per week for a total of 16 weeks.

Student compensation is based on the number of hours worked, and students must clock in and clock out for each shift. Biweekly payroll over the course of the term.

In addition to an hourly rate, graduate assistantships carry a scholarship of 6-9 semester hours of graduate tuition and the general university fee. (Maximum of $4,100)

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • GRA will need to have experience with ArcGIS, Microsoft Excel, Google Earth, and/or other geospatial software.
  • GRA needs to be able to do GIS processing on data sets. Some training on the specific processes is available, but experience in using GIS is required. GRA needs to be able to produce high quality maps for display.
  • GRA needs to be able to review satellite imagery in Google Earth or other software, to assure GPS waypoints for landmarks are accurate. The job will require processing similar datasets for multiple rivers and waterways in Alabama and will require significant time on a computer.
  • Must have a computer capable of running ArcPro. Must be able to attend occasional on campus meetings.
  • Must be organized with high attention to detail. May require occasional travel to project sites. May suggest methods to improve data collection.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Graduate Assistantship Qualifications:

  • Must be classified as a degree-seeking graduate student at JSU.
  • Must be actively enrolled in a graduate degree program at JSU during the assistantship semester.
  • If a new student, must be admitted to a degree program.
  • Must be actively enrolled in required coursework towards the degree. The Graduate Assistantship will not pay for courses that are not in the degree program plan of study/checklist.

Note: If a student is classified as a graduate student and is required to take undergraduate courses for the graduate degree (foundation courses, undergraduate deficiency courses, etc.), the Graduate Assistantship will only pay for these courses if they are documented as required courses via memo from the student’s advisor to the Director of Graduate Studies.

  • Must hold the minimum required GPA for the student’s enrolled degree program.
  • During the assistantship semester, must be enrolled at JSU in six to nine (6-9) graduate semester hours in a fall or spring semester or six to nine (6-9) graduate semester hours in a full summer term. (Full summer term = May, June, and July). An exception to this requirement may be made by the Director of Graduate Studies, under the following circumstances:

If a student is classified as a graduate student and is required to take undergraduate courses for a graduate degree (foundation courses, undergraduate deficiency courses, etc.). The Graduate Assistantship will only pay for these courses if they are documented as required courses via memo from the student’s advisor to the Director of Graduate Studies.

If a student has made satisfactory progress toward obtaining the graduate degree and needs fewer than six (6) graduate semester hours available to complete the degree, the student may be considered for an assistantship.

Notice Regarding International Students:

  • All International Students must be in a valid immigration status. 
  • Due to Visa requirements international students must be enrolled as a full-time JSU student and possess each of the following:

a.  Passport from their respective country.

b.  F-1 Student Visa or J-1 Exchange Student Visa.

c.  U.S. Customs Form I-94.

d.  Official photo identification.

e.  Official Social Security Card imprinted with “Valid for Work Only” or similar statement.   

Required Documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript

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