Research Assistant, Global Impact Study (Spring 2013)

Deadline: Open until filled. Priority will be given to applications who apply before March 31, 2013

Location: The Information School, UWRoosevelt Commons
Position Title: Research Assistant, Global Impact Study
Start Date: April 1, 2013, or as soon as possible
End Date: June 15, 2013, possible extension into summer quarter.

This position will average 20 hours per week.

Position Description: The University of Washington Information School’s Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) has an outstanding opportunity for a research assistant to contribute to the Global Impact Study of Public Access to Information and Communication Technologies.

Duties include:

  • Synthesizing research findings into written summaries, visualizations such as infographics, and other research outputs
  • Support communications and dissemination activities for the Global Impact Study
  • Preparing research materials, such as reports and research briefs, for web publication and release (including formatting and/or editing, depending on skills)
  • Tracking metrics of communications activities, such as social media data and website analytics and reporting on them for internal use
  • Supporting TASCHA staff and researchers in research communications as needed

The successful applicants will have some experience with all or most of the following criteria:

  • Exceptionally strong oral and written professional communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and positive work practices (i.e., take initiative, flexible with shifting priorities, meeting deadlines, and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team)
  • Ability to plan and carry out tasks with minimal supervision
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)
  • Experience in graphic design for print and web and/or infographic design

Desired qualifications
The successful applicants will complement the basic analytic skills with some of the following:

  • Experience writing concise content and/or creating graphic visualizations based on research findings and data;
  • Familiarity with social science research;
  • Website or database development and maintenance skills; and
  • Interest in or experience with information and communications technologies (ICT) and international development (ICT4D).

Qualified students with an interest in the impact of public access technology and international development, and who are enrolled in the Information School, HCDE, Communications, or similar are encouraged to apply. Students from other departments with sufficient qualifications will also be considered for this position.

Academic Student Employees (ASE) will be compensated at the union regulated rate with a partial tuition waiver and benefits. Percentage of tuition waived depends upon the academic program the applicant is enrolled. ASEs must be enrolled for a minimum of 10 credits per quarter (2 credits during summer) to be eligible. Questions regarding compensation should be directed to iSchool HR at

To apply

  1. Please include a cover letter briefly describing your skills and experiences relevant to this type of work in one page or less.
  2. Attach a current resume that includes your work history and academic accomplishments.
  3. Attach a copy of your most recent complete transcript for the academic program(s) you are currently pursuing (does not have to be official; PDF format will be accepted).
  4. Attach no more than 7 samples in PDF format or provide a link to your web portfolio of your very best non-academic written content and/or graphic design and/or infographic design projects.

Please submit all application materials via iCareers and search for job # 509. Non-Information School students can apply through HuskyJobs; search for job # 68871. All candidates will be contacted within two weeks of closing date.