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The North Carolina Collaboratory is requesting applications from eligible candidates to serve as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) for one year. Questions are welcome and should be directed to the Collaboratory’s research director, Dr. Greer Arthur (


August 2022 – May or August 2023 (flexible depending on graduation timeframe)


Twenty hours per week, flexible hybrid, with occasional travel to meetings or conferences in North Carolina. On site work will take place in the UNC-Chapel Hill Genome Sciences Building (250 Bell Tower Drive, Chapel Hill). The proportion of remote/in-person work is flexible and can be discussed during the hiring process.


A monthly stipend of $1,962.50, plus tuition, fees and healthcare.


Applicants must be graduate students who will be actively enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill during the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters. Candidates should ideally have interests and/or experience in any of the following:

  • Science policy.
  • Research impact and evaluation.
  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  • Project management.
  • Website development.
  • Science communication.
  • Computer science.


The GRA will be expected to participate in regular meetings with the Collaboratory team, including weekly staff meetings, and perform routine project and program management tasks. The GRA may have opportunities to conduct independent research associated with research impact and metrics.

The GRA will also help with:

  • Tracking and analyzing project progress reports.
  • Assisting with funding agreement procedures.
  • Developing legislative reports, policy briefs, presentations, and other deliverables.
  • Developing content for the website.
  • Collecting and analyzing data to assess program impact.
  • Developing new tools/procedures to streamline project and program management.
  • General administrative tasks such as but not limited to scheduling meetings, recording meeting minutes, and producing additional documentation/standard operating procedures.


Established in 2016 by the North Carolina General Assembly, the Collaboratory distributes funds to researchers across the UNC system to investigate and address local policy issues, primarily associated with the environment, natural resources management and public health.

To date, the Collaboratory has disseminated more than $145 million in funding to faculty-led projects ranging from drinking water quality and flood resiliency to learning loss and vaccine development during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to Apply

Email the following documents to Dr. Greer Arthur ( by 5:00 p.m., July 8, 2022.

  1. CV or resume (no page limit).
  2. A Word document or PDF (maximum 3 pages) answering the following questions:
    1. What is your interest in working with the Collaboratory?
    2. What experience/skills do you hope to gain during this position, and how will this help you advance your career?
    3. Providing examples where possible, what interests and/or experience do you have that align with the Eligibility and Responsibilities sections above?


Questions regarding this opportunity and the application process are welcome and should be emailed to Dr. Greer Arthur ( before the deadline.

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