A Research Assistant (RA) carries out qualitative and quantitative research on topics as assigned by the supervisor. 

Research Assistant Responsibilities

Research Assistants may find, analyze, and summarize data at the direction of the supervisor, conduct background research, and research/write summaries and other documentation as it pertains to the research and as directed. The RA may be asked to maintain data catalogs, spreadsheets, and other variations of databases and files, ensure that other team members are following conventions for file naming, storage, etc., and consider current and future data and technology needs. The RA will collaborate with other team members as needed and as directed by the supervisor. 

Research Assistant Compensation 

As of July 1, 2022, Research Assistants are paid a minimum wage of $20.50 an hour.

Hourly rates for the same type of job with the same level of experience must be paid at comparable rates across GSD, and a work-study student cannot be paid more than a non-work study student for the same type of job. 

RAs conduct research on a specific research account and cannot be paid with funds from a course budget.  

Getting Hired: For Students 

Students seeking employment at the GSD should familiarize themselves with the GSD Student Payroll procedures, and may not begin working until they have been formally hired by the GSD.  

In alignment with the University’s Inclusive Hiring Initiative, faculty are encouraged to invite all students to apply for any RA job openings by posting the opportunity to CREATE, the GSD’s online portal for internships and jobs, or by announcing the opportunity to all students enrolled in a relevant course.

Students can work a maximum number of 20 hours/week in total, inclusive of all jobs combined at the University when classes are in session, and 40 hours/week in total during breaks. Students should not be incurring overtime pay. 

Hiring for Faculty 

Go to Hiring Students: Information for Facultypage.