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Questions tagged [research-assistantship]

Regarding the duties, employment and work of research assistants.

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Reply 'no position' while the job posting is still there

I wrote an email to a group in a German institute ask about their 'Hiwi'(means student assistant) position which is posted on their website. But the group leader reply me 'I could not offer you a ...
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Job Title: Graduate Research Assistant

I worked on a project as a graduate student in a research group in order to complete the credit points (20 ECTS Germany) required for my Master's degree. I was not employed on a contract i.e. not paid ...
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Negotiating for a higher hourly rate for RA position?

I am a Ph.D student. A professor from another university is interested in hiring me part-time for a project that he just received funding for. I am interested in the work (to hone my own skills) but I ...
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Is it weird to contact a professor in foreign university for research internship opportunity if I am not a student?

I got a Bachelor degree few years ago and I have worked (non-research job) for few years since then. Recently, I would like to pursue a master degree in a foreign university but I cannot obtain ...
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Why would a European-style professor want a Ph.D student instead of a research staff? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

Related to my questions: How much knowledge is expected of a PhD applicant as compared to a postdoc or a research assistant? For the average pure math US PhD program, what are essential topics after ...
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Strange experience in R&D / Research assistant post. Is this a red flag?

I have recently obtained an undergraduate degree in Computer Science with excellent performance and shortly afterwards got a research assistant post for a two-year industry-university collaboration ...
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How much knowledge is expected of an MPhil applicant as compared to a PhD student, a postdoc or a research assistant? [closed]

A related question asks about differences in required background knowledge between PhD students, postdocs and RAs. This question asks about differences in the required background knowledge between ...
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Is the professor positive toward me?

As an international graduate applicant, I'd contacted professor that I am interested to work in his research. He replied that I should apply to school first and if I get admission, then contact him? ...
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How to ask my advisor from another department for research assistantship?

I'm a first-year Machine Learning PhD student supported by a TAship offered by my host (non-ML) department that does not have much funding. I have heard that RA is uncommon in my host department. A ...
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Applying for research assistant (What can I speak about?)

I will be applying for a research assistant position under a professor at my college (master's program). I have an interview with her on phone (competition will be stiff, many students have applied). ...
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How much knowledge is expected of a PhD applicant as compared to a postdoc or a research assistant?

My understanding is that postdocs, research assistants (which I understand are master's level analogues of postdocs) and PhD students are all paid positions except for self-funded PhD which I hear is ...
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How do I charge my professor hourly for Web Scraping?

I am a graduate research assistant, who is paid hourly, I run a script that scrapes data for my professor's research. It is automated, meaning that I don't have to even click a button. But it runs for ...
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Should I explicitly remind people to include my name in the acknowledgement?

I am a research assistant. I've helped a PhD student from another department throughout her studies by providing and maintaining human cells for her project. She's now about to published, and I'm not ...
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Requests by PhD assistant to Master's Student - Avoiding an unreasonable request

I am a master's degree student that is going to graduate in the next two weeks. After having concluded a master's degree thesis with many econometric models in R I also decided to show the results in ...
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How to ask professor to explain something again?

I had a class last week and I was 10 minutes late. I missed part of the class, and I want to write an email to my professor to arrange a time to meet. I prepared this email: Dear ..... I’ve ...
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Should professors pay undergraduate students doing research in their labs?

I have some undergraduate students doing research in my lab, and I pay them by the hours. I've observed that the students usually do what I tell them and don't go beyond that (as we usually expect ...
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How to effectively e-mail a professor I met briefly about collaborative work?

Recently in a conference, I met a professor from an esteemed university and head of a research group I have been following. I told him about my research and he gave me his email address (though I ...
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Pessimistic with direction of academia-industry project

I am a recent fresh graduate who came from math and physics. Recently (< 4 weeks), I've taken on a junior research role in a research institute within a University. This particularly university - ...
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Questions about research assistant posts

Warning: The following are stupid questions. (Read in Kiefer Sutherland's voice) Question 1 Is it weird or stupid to apply for a research assistant post at some university or research institute, and ...
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Research assistant: I am responsible for scheduling subjects, how do I deal with attrition in my PI's longitudinal study?

At my place of work, among my other responsibilities I am responsible for following up with and scheduling participants in our longitudinal study. This study has been going on since the late 80's, and ...
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Do I need to follow traditional cover letter style for applying for an academic position?

I am applying for a research assistantship at a university, and I am required to upload a cover letter for submitting my application. I am not familiar with cover letter, since I'd only applied to ...
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Comparison of student involvement in research in different countries

In the United States, a student who will successfully enter academia will do some research as an undergraduate, and then in graduate school focus mainly on research. (Obviously this is just a ...
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Am I wasting my time as a research assistant? [closed]

To make a long story short, I have been a clinical interviewer/ERP technician in a lab for almost 1.5 years now. This has been my first job since undergrad (Psychology major/Biology minor). I plan on ...
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what is the best starting point to prepare for graduate school if you are not well equipped?

I suffered seriously from both bipolar disorder and major depression during my undergraduate*. It took me 7.5 years to graduate (including 1.5 year suspended from school due to bipolar disorder), with ...
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Reputation of university versus quality of work for research assistantship

I have a couple of offers for my bachelors thesis in computer science (machine learning, to be precise). The options are such that one is interesting work at a not-so-well-known institute (in my home ...
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Guidelines for When to Acknowledge Research Assistants

I know that it is general practice to include a footnote on papers acknowledging research assistants who have contributed to the project. I am wondering, however, if any guidelines or accepted ...
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Advice about the copyright in research work as a research associate [duplicate]

I need advice regarding the copyright of the work done as a research associate. I am working for a university as a research associate and my principal investigator insists on publishing my work ...
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Ideality of collaborating with professor against backdrop of commitments

Soon, I'll be meeting a professor_A base at a University in my home country to discuss about my plans and projects that may be of interest to me(us) during my time back home. Ideally, I am looking to ...
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Should I write an email to the professor I want to work with regarding my performance in the exam?

I am a masters student in one of the Swiss federal institutes. There is a professor I wish to work under as a PhD student after my masters. In fact, this was the entire reason I decided to join the ...
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Should I ask my research advisor for extra hourly work as a gap-year research assistant (not a student)?

I'm currently working as a post-bac researcher with my undergraduate advisor in the US, but lost my funding last summer. So, I have been doing the research as voluntary work and work odd jobs that are ...
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Applying to transfer to a different PhD in CS program while still enrolled in a PhD program

I am 1.5 years into my PhD in CS program. I cannot change my program to MS since I already have a masters. My research interests have been diverging from my advisor's and he told me that he might find ...
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Master's thesis results used to publish a new research paper?

few years ago I did my Master's thesis at University, when I worked in a lab and was performing various experiments on different materials. The thesis defense I held officially in front of commission, ...
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Evaluating an opportunity for undergrad thesis in computer science

I am a pre-final year undergrad student of computer science. I am interested in getting into research. I have already done some research, but it has not been very formal, and I have not been able to ...
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As a US citizen, can I work for my Canadian university without a study permit from the US?

This is probably a fairly unique situation and I'm not sure if it's appropriate to ask here, but I'm currently finishing up my master's at a university in Quebec, but I no longer live in Quebec as I ...
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Including poor undergraduate research performance in a masters application

During my undergraduate degree, in engineering, I took part in two 'undergraduate research assistantships'. Neither of them went well, from my point of view. Both were done during school terms, and ...
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Working for one professor, want to write paper with another party

I am a PhD student working for a professor as a research assistant and being paid with stipends. One of my friends in the same department asks me if I can collaborate on a project branched off his PhD ...
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What are best practices for reviewing peer research lab colleagues' work for a supervisor?

Since over a year, I've been involved in almost everything my supervisor does and seem to have gained her trust, which is very gratifying. There have been instances where I was asked to review and ...
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How do I stay motivated with repetitive tasks as an undergraduate research assistant?

In a nutshell, I'm drawing circles on images for most of my day (more precisely, ROIs around cellular components in fluorescence imaging). I volunteer to do this on weekdays from 10am to 7pm, and I ...
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How best to email a professor to set up a meeting after a long time? [duplicate]

My path to get my MA was delayed following a family tragedy, and I'm finally in a position where I can get back on track, so I would like to reach out to a professor I previously did lab work for a ...
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Should I apply for the scholarships if I currently have a RA position in my supervisor lab?

I am a M.Sc. graduated and I will start my PhD in September and in a top university abroad (Canada). My supervisor guaranteed a yearly stipend during my studies as long as I am in good academic ...
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How to handle the fact that the advisor is disappointed?

I am a first year master student and I am working as a student research assistant with one of my professors. He is nice and very competent. Moreover, I am supervised by a Post-Doc. A few months ago ...
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Is it possible for a PhD student to survive in the USA only on TA/RA money?

Suppose, a prospective PhD student doesn't have money to self-finance his PhD in the USA. Is it possible for a PhD student to survive in the USA only on TA/RA money?
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How do I ask / inform my supervisor that I need to take a day off?

I just recently got a job as a research assistant over the holiday (which will later turn into an unpaid independent study project). Before hiring me for the job, my supervisor asked me if I would be ...
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Is deferred enrollment normal or acceptable to graduate programs? What are the acceptable reasons for it? [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate student majoring in computer science. I am currently doing graduate (Master's) program application for top US universities. However, just now I get a pretty nice research ...
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Ph.D research position [closed]

I am a computer science graduate and currently a master student (both at the same university - Qatar University). I have been thinking about applying for phd (My interests are in DataScience, ...
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How are research assistantships for international graduate students funded in the US?

I was recently talking to a professor at a top university seeking advice for graduate school applications. The professor happened to mention that departments in the US have funding concerns when it ...
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Hired as a research assistant and told to track working hours for payment, is this normal?

I have been given a great opportunity to work as a research assistant. I will be working under this researcher (and her team) for about 5 months. I was only suppose to start in mid-January. But she ...
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How to find an (Undergrad) research assistant position in europe?

I am an undergraduate student in the Netherlands (and non-EU citizen). For some reason I feel research assistantships (at my level, or even once you graduate) are more common in the US than in Europe....
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How to phrase follow-up email to professor to find out whether funding has come through regarding potential graduate school project?

I am attempting to find a researcher to work with for graduate school. Fortunately I found one with very similar interests to mine. I have been in contact with him since August, where I spoke with him ...
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How can I conduct research when my college has no such facility?

In developing countries like Nepal, people don't usually carry research activities during undergrad studies, but I want to get into it from undergrad itself. I am currently studying research articles, ...