Graduate Research Assistant


Graduate Research Assistantship Available at West Virginia University

The West Virginia GIS Technical Center (, housed in the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University, is seeking at least one graduate research assistant at the Masters or Ph.D. level, specializing in Geographic Information Science. At a minimum, applicants should have an undergraduate degree in Geography, Geology, Computer Science or related field, or a combination of education, training and experience which demonstrates the qualification and ability to perform the duties of the position. Successful applicants will work toward a higher degree in GIS Science.

Position Requirements: 20 hours/week and possible full-time employment during the summer. Hours are flexible to accommodate class schedule. Assistantships include a full tuition waver.

Stipends at the MA and PhD levels are competitive nationally. Start Date: Start date is typically August, but other dates may be arranged. Application Deadline: Priority will be given to applications received by January 1, 2018 for fall admission. You must apply though the WVU Office of Admissions and Records Review of applicants by the Department for entry into the graduate program and WV GIS Technical Center for the assistantship will begin upon completed submission to WVU admissions.

Minimum Qualifications:

Must meet the graduate student entrance qualifications of the Geology & Geography Department.

Ability to conduct research in Geographic Information Science and present findings.

Advanced working knowledge of spatial analysis and/or GIS databases.

Accepted into MA or Ph.D. program in the WVU Department of Geology and Geography.

For application requirements, see

Ideal Qualifications:

GIS Research: Demonstrated ability to conduct GIS research.

Programming Skills: Demonstrated knowledge of GIS programming languages, application development/implementation, mobile applications, and online mapping services.

Minimal Supervision: Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

Communications Skills: Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with other staff members. Application:

Submit a formal application to WVU and the Geography Graduate Studies Coordinator. For instructions, see

In your Statement of Interest to the Graduate Studies Coordinator, express your desire to work at the WV GIS Technical Center.

In addition, interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to Kurt Donaldson, Manager, WV GIS Technical Center, email: If possible, please provide links to previous research projects and contributions to successful GIS applications.

Contact Dr. Gregory Elmes Co-Director ( for further academic information.