Call for Graduate Student Researchers
2018-2019 Academic Year
The Center for the Study of Women (CSW) is hiring two 25% Graduate Student Researchers (GSR) for the 2018-19 academic year. Position includes graduate student fee remissions benefits. Possibility of continuation of appointment based on satisfactory performance.
Duties will be shared by two GSRs based on expertise; each individual GSR will not be responsible for all of the items below.
- Undergraduate Research Mentorship: Mentor a group of undergraduate researchers who are contributing to CSW’s Chemical Entanglements project (https://csw.ucla.edu/cswresearch/chemical-entanglements). Mentorship duties may include meeting regularly with student researchers and providing training on archival, ethnographic, oral history, statistical, survey, or other research techniques as needed.
- Interviews and Oral Histories: Conduct oral history and/or ethnographic research through phone, in-person, and/or video interviews. Projects may include oral histories of environmental illness as part of Chemical Entanglements and oral histories of past CSW leadership, faculty, and students as part of CSW’s 35th Anniversary commemoration.
- Archival Research: Conduct research in the UCLA University Archives housed in Library Special Collections on the institutional history of CSW in preparation for CSW’s 35th Anniversary commemoration.
- Surveys and Data Analysis: Create and edit surveys and other data collection instruments. Assist in preparing project proposals for Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval. Analyze data and present findings in the form of charts, visualizations, and reports.
- General Research: Read, interpret, and evaluate primary and secondary sources. Summarize sources and compile comprehensive and accurate annotated bibliographies, literature reviews, and reading lists.
- Writing: Compose high-quality content for online publications (blog posts, social media posts), literature reviews, research summaries and reports, policy briefs, and newsletters.
- Editing: Assist CSW staff in copy-editing, typesetting, and preparing journal articles and other documents for publication.
- Grant Support: Conduct research on potential grant opportunities and contribute to grant applications and proposals.
- Networking: Identify and conduct outreach with scholars outside of UCLA to solicit contributions to research projects. Assist in disseminating CSW research to scholars at UCLA and beyond.
- Event Support: Staff CSW events, conferences, and symposia.
Hours are flexible but students must maintain regular schedule.
Students who meet some, but not all, qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply. We plan to hire two GSRs in order to cover all required duties.
- UCLA graduate student (master’s or doctorate) in good academic standing.
- Skills or interest in gender studies, archival or information studies, history, oral history, ethnography, cultural studies, science and technology studies, public policy, public health, environmental studies, or related fields.
- Experience applying for federal and foundation grants from agencies and organizations including the NIH, NEH, and others.
- Experience conducting interviews for oral history or ethnographic projects.
- Experience developing surveys and data collection instruments.
- Experience analyzing, synthesizing, and summarizing quantitative and qualitative data.
- Experience using survey administration software such as Survey Monkey and Qualtrics.
- Experience teaching and/or mentoring undergraduate students.
- Organized, responsible, thorough, timely, and able to work in a team.
- Adept at finding information by conducting library and online research using primary and secondary sources.
- Excellent writing and editing skills. Prior experience in editing or publications is highly desirable.
- Able and willing to read academic texts from a variety of disciplines (including those outside your field of study). Ability to coherently, comprehensively, and accurately synthesize and summarize information from academic texts.
- Ability to work independently on a project and meet deadlines and benchmarks.
- Ability to develop meeting agendas and prepare meeting notes and minutes.
- Experience working with Microsoft Office Products (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.)
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled. Interviews will begin as soon as possible.
- Cover Letter (no more than 2 pages): Concisely use this statement to 1) specify the Job Duties you are interested in (from the list), 2) explain how you specifically qualify for the Job Duties via the list of Qualifications, and 3) identify which CSW research projects interest you and how you can best serve them.
- Writing Sample (no more than 10 pages and must be sole-authored)
- Contact information for two references
Work study funding is not required for these positions. However, if applicant qualifies for work study for the 18-19 academic year, please indicate on application.