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Regarding the duties, employment and work of research assistants.

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Is a journal article published as a third author and a dissertation for an undergraduate student good enough for funding for master's studies as RA? [closed]

I am an undergraduate about to graduate within the next six months. I have a research article as a third author in a journal with an impact factor of 3+ related to machine learning used for ...
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Can I apply for research assistantship at universities abroad?

I am a recent master's graduate looking for a job. However, instead of working in the industry, I would prefer to work for a couple of years as a research assistant. My long-term goal is to apply for ...
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Should I "threaten" my advisor in order to get funding?

I've been working hard on research with my advisor, and he seems to be happy with my progress. I would like to get an RA position next semester. Should I tell my advisor that I'm going to cut back a ...
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What does a Bioinformatics research assistant do in a US university?

I am interested in the field of Bioinformatics in the USA. As far as I know, a Research Assistant (RA) is a Ph.D. student or postdoc fellow working in a funded project under a research professor, ...
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Hiring freelancers for research projects

Professors in research universities often rely on graduate students as research assistants who work on a variety of tasks including analysis, coding, experimentation, and writing. When funding is ...
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At what point is an offer official?

Every research job/position I've ever had, I have had some sort of "informal" (verbal, via email) offer, followed by me showing up the first day of work to sign the contract and start. This ...
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Plagiarism in a work I'm advising

I'm a research assistant in an university. I'm advising some students, in the capacity of co-advisor with another colleague, to write a work which is necessary for them to graduate and which will add ...
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How long can a pure math(Algebraic Number theory) PhD holder can work as a Post Doc/research associate in their career? [duplicate]

This is rather a curious question based on future career after PhD, looking at the crisis in academic/teaching job market. If one completes PhD with pure mathematics (Algebraic Number Theory) with few ...
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How do I list my affiliation on a publication if I am only an adjunct at a different institution from where I did did the research?

I worked on a research project about a year ago while working as a full-time RA/technician and some colleagues before leaving after my contract ended. We are currently finishing a manuscript for ...
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Is it polite to ask about scholarship/assistantship opportunities during a Ph.D. interview at a UK university?

I am scheduled for an interview in August for a Ph.D. program that I applied to at a UK university. However, even if I get an offer of place on the program, I would not be able to accept it unless I ...
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Working at two labs vs having two advisors in grad school? [closed]

There are two labs that I really want to work as a masters student research assistant but I know that grad school isn't like undergrad and working for two will probably drive me crazy. One is in the ...
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Emailing Professor Regarding Availability? [duplicate]

I'm trying to inquire professors regarding whether they accept masters students for graduate research assistant and I'm having trouble phrasing the email. If anyone could take a look and provide ...
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How to ask current grad student in a lab for advice about getting a position in the lab?

There is this lab that I want to work for as a graduate research assistant (I'm a masters and hoping for research experience and funding) and before I email the PI, I thought of emailing the grad ...
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how much benefit is there of working as a predoctoral research assistant

I would like to do a PhD in a machine learning related topic and want to enhance my resume. I am considering looking for roles as volunteer research assistant and was wondering whether the experience ...
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Why do faculty members prefer students at their own institution for part time research positions?

I recently graduated with a bachelor's degree and have been looking for part-time research positions since I can't find a job. I have not heard back from any professors at institutions other than ...
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Are Graduate Fellowships or Research assistants in state university considered a government employees in US?

I am applying for a post which asks me you ever part of government entity like federal/state/local government entities including publicly funded universities. I was a research assistant with ...
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How to put a position you could not attend due to visa problems in CV?

I was offered a PhD position from university X with a research assistantship from company Y both in U.S., but I could not attend because my US visa application got refused. Now I am wondering if I can ...
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How should I email professors regarding online research during covid-19? [duplicate]

So I've been accepted into a masters program and there is this professor that I really want to get involved with hopefully as a research assistant. And since many if not most researches are being ...
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How common is it for universities to cover tuition and offer stipend for Master's students for RA/TA positions (USA)? [closed]

From my googling I found that only about 30% of the universities I looked at (in Computer Science) offer Research Assistant (RA)/Teaching Assistant (TA) positions to Master's students that cover ...
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Is It Common For People To Write Literature Reviews On A Topic For Someone Else?

I am working as a research assistant for a professor and I was hired to write a literature review on a rather broad topic that is well outside of my knowledge domain. I am concerned that i'll most ...
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will a lab feel deterred from hiring me if my undergrad thesis is in a different subfield?

i've interned at the same lab for two summers, and they highly encouraged me to apply for a research assistant position in the spring. however, i am concerned that they will not hire me based on my ...
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Confusion over choosing title/role while applying for a position

I am working as a project assistant in a lab in India. My role is similar to that of what a research assistant does in academia. But I'm not familiar with the use of the title 'project assistant' in ...
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How valuable are research assistant positions to an academic CV in the humanities?

A bit of background: I just completed my MA at a large Canadian university, and I will be starting my PhD in Sociology in the fall (at the same large Canadian university). Over the course of my 2-year ...
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As a master's student, will a GRA or GTA position provide a greater benefit for PhD applications? [closed]

I am a Master's student with goals to pursue a PhD. I am currently a graduate research assistant (GRA), but have been offered a GTA (graduate teaching assistant) position in Machine Learning. The ...
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Is it possible to ask about RA positions after being rejected by the same lab for a PhD?

I am currently looking at PhD programmes (mainly in the US) and have been advised to email potential PIs before I put in an application. I am afraid my profile isn't very competitive and my back up ...
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How can I email a professor to ask if I am still being considered for an RA?

So, I have applied to a Research Assistantship based Master's at a Canadian University. I have offers pending from other universities and would like to ask the professor if I am being considered. This ...
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Principal Investigator would not let me publish conference paper. What should i do?

So a little bit of background first. I work in research and while i am fairly new to the profession ( going to be 10 months soon ), i am nearing the completion of a Conference paper. This is my ...
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Is it a bad idea to take a research position unrelated to my desired area of research?

I'm currently trying to get an assistantship / funding for my masters degree and was recently given an offer from a professor I previously worked with. Although the position is in same department I ...
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Taking a break from industry and becoming an unpaid research assistant (or atleast getting involved in reserach at a school)

I am planning to take a break from industry (software) and want to work under a professor/lab on a research project for 3-6 months, computer science/computing related. I was wondering if people could ...
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Prospects for getting an assitantship | How do professors hire in Canada?

I have applied to one of the top engineering school in Canada: UoT, University of British Columbia & UWaterloo. I've interviewed a professor and he sent me his most recent research publications ...
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How much research assistant in academia is paid in France

Research assistant (with master degree, currently PhD student) in France is hired to make some research related activity (e.g., running psychological experiments with volunteers). How much per hour a ...
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Is this a favorable response from the professor?

I am applying to a thesis-based Master's program where the professor hires the students in their research group. I've interviewed the professor on skype and we have emailed each other after the ...
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Vacation for Summer Graduate Research Assistantship

First year PhD student here, in Computer Science I will mostly likely be on a research assistant ship this summer. Is it too much to assume I will be able to take two 1-week vacations at different ...
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When a graduate student be a part of a research grant, does he get paid in addition to a university stipend?

This year I will graduate from a European university and willing to start a Ph.D. program in the USA. As a graduate student, there is a “guaranteed financing” opportunity of approximately $ 32,000 per ...
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Is there such a thing as a permanent academic assistantship position?

It's common for graduate students and postdocs to fulfill various "assistant" positions in academia. They may grade papers or conduct research under the direct supervision of a faculty member who is ...
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Life as a PhD student

I completed my Master's in Chemical Engineering recently as an International student in the US and now I wanted to go for a PhD as well in the same field.I completed a few Volunteer research work for ...
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help becoming a research assistant

This is probably me overthinking a lot but I really don't want to screw this up. There was a flyer sent to me by my adviser for a research assistant opening for one of the psych professors on campus. ...
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What is a research assistant in the Australian system?

I've noticed postings for positions with the title “research assistant” from Australian universities. They require a PhD and are often (or exclusively) one-year contracts. Are these positions akin to ...
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Can a Ph.D student change his adviser, if he is supported by a Research Assistantship by the adviser upon admission (and possibly first year)?

According to my offer, I am admitted to the Ph.D program and funded by a Research Assistantship by Professor X. Nevertheless, I am interested in other research directions, and we are supposed to ...
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Research-assistant classification in C.V

I was a research assistant at a university when I had a master’s degree. Now I got a Ph.D from a different university. I want to apply for a faculty position. In which of the following CV categories ...
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What questions do prospective advisors ask during first meeting?

I'm in a PhD program and I'm preparing myself to meet a prospective advisor for the first time. I want to know what questions do they usually ask students in their first meeting? What do they expect? ...
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How do I approach a professor for research

I'm in a PhD program and want to approach a professor that I'm interested in working with. I've already sent him a couple of emails describing my background and asking for a meeting but he hasn't ...
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Getting a funding position as a foreign MSc student in Finland [closed]

I got an admission for a master’s programme in data science at the University of Helsinki, Finland. However, because I am from Asia, I don’t get a tuition-fee remission. Is it possible for an ...
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Reply ‘no position’ while the job posting is still there (‘HiWi’ position in Germany)

I am third year undergraduate and I am not studying in Europe. I plan to apply for a master at a German institute by the end of this year which is the time for application. This institute advertised ...
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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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