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Open position at the Schatz Center: student research assistants

The Schatz Energy Research Center has openings for up to three early-career undergraduate Student Research Assistants (SRAs) to work on a range of projects in spring of 2019. These positions are expected to start on or near March 14, 2019 and continue to the end of the spring semester. The eventual number of students hired may vary depending on project needs and availability of funding.


Applicants must be students in good academic standing in the Environmental Resources Engineering major who are registered for at least 6.0 units this semester (S19). Additionally, applicants should meet one or both of the following:

  • the student has completed ENGR 115 (Introduction to Environmental Resources Engineering) and has not taken more than one “300-level” engineering course, or
  • the student is in their first or second year in the Environmental Resources Engineering program at HSU.

Hourly wage and effort level

Wages are approximately $13.50 per hour. The time base for the positions may vary from 5-10 hours per week, depending on project needs and funding availability. This is a temporary, non-benefited, hourly position.

Duties and responsibilities

SRAs will be assigned to at least one active research project based on background skillsets, project needs, and student interests. The potential list of projects that could involve SRA contributions include the following:

  • Biomass impacts research: analysis and support for research on the environmental impacts of biomass-to-electricity systems in California.
  • Biomass emissions: literature synthesis and methods development for measuring greenhouse gas emissions from stored biomass.
  • Offshore wind power: researching policy and technical approaches to off-shore wind development on California’s North Coast.
  • Off-grid energy access: research, laboratory testing, and/or program implementation activities related to the deployment of off-grid solar technologies in Sub Saharan Africa and/or South Asia.

Note that this list is not necessarily comprehensive, and selected students may also be assigned to work on other projects.


We seek to hire early career (1st or 2nd year) undergraduate engineering students to assist with research at the Schatz Center. We seek students who have:

  • Proficiency with modern office computing, including word processing and spreadsheet analysis.
  • The ability to work well with a diverse set of team members.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to self-motivate and contribute to fast-paced team projects.
  • Enthusiasm for issues related to energy and environmental sustainability.

No prior relevant experience is required. We strongly encourage students from underrepresented groups in engineering to apply.

Application procedure

Submit a letter of application, unofficial transcripts of prior academic work at HSU and other colleges or universities, and a one-page résumé via email to

In the letter be sure to describe your background, identify which project areas are of greatest interest to you, and what motivates you to apply for this opportunity.

Application deadline

All application material must be received by 4 pm on Friday, March 1, 2019.

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