University of Washington - Seattle, WA4.1

Temporary$19 - $25 an hour
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Undergraduate Research Program is seeking a Temporary Staff Assistant who will be a member of a highly collaborative team that assists undergraduates in all fields to enrich their academic experience through engagement in exciting, hands-on research with UW faculty in all disciplines.

About the Undergraduate Research Program

As part of the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD), the Undergraduate Research Program (URP) facilitates research experiences for undergraduates with faculty members across the disciplines. URP staff comprise a small, dynamic team who assist students in planning for an undergraduate research experience, identifying faculty mentors and projects, defining research goals, presenting and publishing research findings, obtaining academic credit, and seeking funding for their research. URP maintains a listing of current UW undergraduate research opportunities and related national programs, and offers the Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities and co-hosts other summer STEM research programs. The Annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium provides a forum for students to present their work to the university community and the public. Information about our program offerings and ethos is available on the URP website:

We welcome applicants from any discipline; however, we are particularly interested in applicants who have experience in science, engineering, and/or mathematics research with a broader appreciation of research applications in all disciplines including social sciences, arts, and humanities. Applicants should have experience with and invested in the academic success of underrepresented student populations within higher education.

Appointment Information

This is a temporary position, 15-25 hrs/week starting upon hire and running through August 31, 2020.
Compensation: $19 - $25/hr depending on qualifications and experience.

Diversity Statement

The Undergraduate Research Program is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students that we serve, and specifically aims to increase the participation of underrepresented minority, low-income, and first-generation college students in undergraduate research. Candidates for this position must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty and staff of many social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial and ethnic backgrounds.

General Responsibilities:

  • Advise students in all academic disciplines interested in becoming involved in undergraduate research during the academic year and summer.
  • Provide guidance to students on resumes and cover letters as they apply for research opportunities.

  • Assist with information sessions and workshops related to abstract writing, poster design, and other research skills.
Event Planning

  • Assist in planning and implementation of meetings and events with students.
  • Assist in the planning of the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, including communications with undergraduate participants and a variety of other support functions prior to and during the Symposium.
  • Assist in the planning for summer research programs and other competitive undergraduate research scholarship opportunities.

  • Represent the Undergraduate Research Program at various campus outreach activities, seminars, and events.
  • Update social media sites, including URP Facebook and blog posts.
Administrative Support

  • Assist in the coordination of our Undergraduate Research Leaders program.
  • Provide clerical support for the Undergraduate Research Program, assist in daily operations, and office organization.
  • Attend weekly URP staff meetings.
  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Experience participating in research as an undergraduate and/or graduate student;
  • Strong communication skills, including experience making presentations and public speaking;
  • Experience teaching, advising, and/or working with UW undergraduate students;
  • Demonstrated experience with diverse student populations;
  • Computer literacy: familiarity with Wordpress, proficiency with MS Word, and Excel, UW Canvas and Google Apps;
  • Understanding/familiarity/interest in research in STEM fields, particularly biological science;
  • Appreciation and broader understanding of research in arts and humanities and social sciences;
  • Creative problem solving skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to work well under deadlines and handle multiple tasks;
  • Enjoy working and interacting with faculty, students, and staff of diverse backgrounds and across academic disciplines; and
  • Work well, both as a member of a dynamic team, and independently with minimal supervision.
Work hours and location

Work location is 171 Mary Gates Hall, the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD), plus various locations for seminars, information sessions, and workshops. Occasional evening and weekend hours desired.


URP Assistant Director oversees the work of the staff assistant.

Priority consideration given to applications received by November 12, 2019.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter, and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.