Schatz Energy Research Center
A student uses a solar simulator
Student research assistant Elizabeth Van Skike uses a solar simulator in the solar products test lab

Open position at the Schatz Center: student research assistants

We have openings for up to three early-career undergraduate Student Research Assistants (SRAs) to work on a range of projects in Fall of 2019. These positions are expected to start on or near October 1, 2019 and continue to the end of the fall semester. The eventual number of students hired may vary depending on project needs and availability of funding.


To be eligible, 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 (Fall 2019). Additionally, applicants should meet one or both of the following:

  • (i) the student has completed ENGR 115 (Introduction to Environmental Resources Engineering) and has not taken more than one “300-level” engineering course OR
  • (ii) 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 $14 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

The selected 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 emissions: assist with lab experiments and data analysis for measuring greenhouse gas emission from storage of biomass.
  • Biochar Quality Assessment: assist with lab experiments, data processing, and manufacturer interviews to evaluate the quality of different biochars.
  • Offshore wind power: research policy and technical approaches to offshore 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 lighting and technologies for productive use, such as solar water pumps, 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 all students to apply, including those from underrepresented groups in engineering.

Application Procedure

Submit a letter of application, unofficial transcripts of prior academic work at HSU and other colleges or universities, and a one-page resume 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 materials must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2019.

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