I’m hiring! Undergraduate Research Assistant: Fall 2017

I’m excited to announce that I’m hiring an undergraduate research assistant to work on Project EMAR, starting Fall 2017. See the listing below, or download the job description (PDF)

Some highlights:

  • Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate UWT student
  • Must be able to meet Wed from 12-1:15
  • Must be excited to work on a cutting edge project with an interdisciplinary team

What’s in it for you:

  • A (paid) on-campus job (think of it as an internship, but with a professor instead of a company)
  • Opportunity to develop skills and deliverables that will help in your future job search
  • Having fun, working hard, learning lots.

Questions? Just ask! Email me: ejrose@uw.edu

Research Assistant

Appointment Period: Fall 2017- Winter 2018 and potentially Spring, 2018
Grant name: Project EMAR: Designing a Social Robot for Teens
Principal Investigator/Supervisor: Emma Rose (UWT-SIAS), ejrose@uw.edu
Pay: $15.00, up to 10 hours per week

Position Description

Project EMAR is seeking an Undergraduate Research Assistant (10 hrs per week) to support communication, social media management, and project management to support the team in their effort to design a social robot designed to measure teen stress.

Project EMAR, is an NSF funded, interdisciplinary project, investigating the design and development of a social robot to effectively capture adolescent stress levels. Read more: https://blogs.uw.edu/emar/

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Help develop and facilitate a multi-site participatory design challenge with partner high schools.
  • Cultivate, develop and manage relationships with three partner schools in Tacoma
  • Organize and distribute materials for schools to participate in the design challenge
  • Assist with event planning for the design showcase scheduled for March 2017
  • Manage the EMAR blog (https://blogs.uw.edu/emar/) including brainstorming story ideas, writing content, editing others work
  • Manage the EMAR social media account(s): (@robotEMAR)
  • Ability to work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary project team
  • Participate in Directed Research Group meetings (this can also be taken for course credit) during Fall quarter on Wednesdays from 12-1:15 pm and Winter (time TBD)
  • Participate in other individual meetings as needed


The following section describes the qualifications for this position.


Required qualifications

  • Current full-time student enrolled at the University of Washington Tacoma in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences in Writing Studies, Communication, Arts, Media & Culture, Psychology or another related major
  • Demonstrated strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Project management skills including self-motivation, task management, and delegation
  • Experience in writing for digital and online spaces, content strategy, social media management, or other related work
  • A leader able to mentor and guide other students
  • Experience using web publishing platforms (WordPress) or an interest in learning technical tools on one’s own.

Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Knowledge of the human-centered design process
  • Completed coursework in Technical Communication track in Writing Studies or Professional track in Communication
  • Experience working with teens
  • Knowledge of principles of designing social robots

To apply

  • Send a resume to Dr. Emma Rose (ejrose@uw.edu) by September 20, 2017
  • Send a statement of interest/cover letter, that addresses the following:
    • Why you are interested in the position
    • How you meet the requirements of the position
    • What unique skills you bring to the team
  • A sample of your work that exhibits skills in writing, design, or social media management
  • Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview