Position Title: Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)
Department Summary: The department of Electrical & Computer Engineering prepares students to be valued members of any professional team. Through opportunities for project-based learning, teamwork, research and partnering with industry, graduates will hit the ground running. We offer undergraduate degrees in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electrical Engineering with a Concentration in Mechatronic Systems. Masters and PhD programs include Electrical Engineering, Engineering (with optional Management Concentration), Computer Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechatronic Systems Engineering.
Position Summary: Graduate research assistants may perform research assignments under the direct supervision of a faculty member who generally is the principal investigator on an external grant or contract. The research must be directly relevant to the student’s academic program of study, should relate directly to the student’s degree requirements, and should be reasonably expected to contribute to the student’s dissertation, thesis, or capstone project.
PLEASE NOTE: Graduate Research Assistant positions do not require a speaking score and generally do not interact with the student population as part of their work.
GRA’s are funded by specific faculty members who have the ability to pay for the research work of the applicant. The two avenues to obtain a Graduate Research Assistant position are:
1) The applicant must contact the faculty member(s) you are interested in working with and ask about GRA funding ability. The agreement between the faculty and the applicant must be established BEFORE completing the application process.
2) The faculty member must have recruited you to the University and offered you research assistant funding as part of your recruitment package.
Eligibility: An assistantship recipient must be seeking a degree in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (or closely related field, i.e. Physics) in order to qualify for a Graduate Research Assistant position.
An assistantship recipient must be enrolled full-time in a graduate academic program during the terms in which they receive the award, stipend, and tuition wavier. Enrollment in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is preferred.
Students must be in good academic standing to maintain eligibility for an assistantship position. Students on academic probation or suspension are not eligible for an assistantship position. If a student has two consecutive terms below 3.0 GPA, the student is not eligible for an assistantship position until their GPA is raised to a 3.0 or better.
Students cannot simultaneously hold both an assistantship position and a work-study position
For more information regarding eligibility requirements and hiring procedures for graduate assistantships, see the Graduate Assistantship section of the Graduate Bulletin. Individual programs may have their own procedures and requirements.
Graduate Assistant Compensation: Assistantship offers will include a monthly stipend and may also offer a tuition waiver. Tuition Waiver coverage is dependent upon the funding availability of the research director/advisor for the specified position. The stipend amount will range between $9,514-$21,642 (per 9-month academic year), depending on degree pursuit (MS or PhD), and assistantship type (PT or FT). If a tuition waiver is provided, it will be in conjunction with the tuition rate for that academic year for the program you are studying. Full-time graduate research assistants who meet the eligibility requirements might also be offered the Graduate Assistantship Health Insurance Scholarship, however, the offer of the Graduate Assistantship Health Insurance Scholarship is not mandatory as part of the GRA package.
If the applicant has completed all coursework and is registered for Continuous Enrollment, the student may be offered a stipend without a tuition waiver and would NOT qualify for the Graduate Assistantship Health Insurance Scholarship.
Assistantship awards can be made for any one or more multiple quarters.
Time Commitment: In general, full-time graduate research assistants are expected to devote 20 hours per week to their research assignments (half-time graduate research assistants devote 10 hours).
Benefits: Assistantship stipends are paid through payroll and are taxable income. Graduate research assistantship stipends are based on the funding availability of the supervising faculty member for that academic year and will be specified by the department at the time of offer.
Assistantship tuition waivers are considered merit-based scholarships and are not taxable income. Tuition waivers are adequate to cover 8 credit hours of tuition per quarter, based on the tuition rates at the time of application.
The combination of all tuition waivers cannot exceed tuition charges (prior to any assessed fees), and waivers cannot be awarded in cash.
Information about the benefits offered to Graduate Research Assistants at the University of Denver can be found under the Non-benefitted Employees section of the Human Resources & Inclusive Community webpage.
Application Details: Please submit your Resume/CV and a cover letter through Pioneer Careers by June 30, 2021.
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Programs use their own internal processes to award assistantships to students. If you are chosen for a Graduate Research Assistant position, you will be contacted by the department and given all the details regarding the position.
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