Academic Research Positions

During the academic year, and most often during the summer, many professors hire students to work with them on a research project. Student Academic Research Assistant positions are not always advertised through the Student Employment Office. Information¬†for such positions can be found at the Dean of the Faculty’s Office.

Student Research Assistants are often paid via grant money. However, if a faculty member hires a student as a Research Assistant who is going to be paid from the department’s employee budget rather than from grant money, the student will be paid at a grade C pay level. Furthermore, like any other student worker, Research Assistants must have their Bates Work Card and must complete an electronic timesheet on Garnet Gateway.

Faculty members hiring students in one of the following positions, do not need to submit a position description form. Only the Student Payroll Position Form/Grey Card is needed.

Student Assistant: Mainly office work, answering the phone, photocopying, run errands, stapling, may include using the computer. Grade 1 position.

Teaching Assistants: Position involves more responsibilities. Student works independently and often has to have specialized knowledge. Helps in the smooth running of classes. Grade 2 position.

Lab Assistant: Students preparing labs for classes, not left unsupervised. This requires some form of specialized knowledge. Grade 2 position.

Research Assistant: Requires specialized knowledge of material. Works independently and carries high levels of responsibility. Grade 3 position.

Technical Writing Assistants: Work as peer writing tutors to provide students in core courses with instruction in scientific writing, and to help students to identify problems in the structure and content of their papers through individual collaborative conferences. Grade 3 position.

The above positions descriptions may not match exactly the position description you may have. However, the position grades associated with the position titles are correct. If you wish to attain further information please contact the Student Employment Office.