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About the Collaboratory

The NC Policy Collaboratory (Collaboratory) was established in the summer of 2016 by the North Carolina General Assembly for the purposes of facilitating the dissemination of the policy and research expertise of the University of North Carolina System for practical use by state and local government. Currently the Collaboratory is supporting numerous academic projects here at UNC and across the UNC System, including COVID-19 research, a multi-year study of water quality in Jordan and Falls Lake, assessing PFAS/emerging contaminants across the state, and development of a comprehensive flood resiliency study. More information can be found on their website.


About the position

This research assistantship is open to all graduate students who will be enrolled during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters and who are able to work 20 hours per week. The position is jointly sponsored by The Graduate School and will include a monthly stipend ($1,962.50 per month for 12 months) as well as tuition, fees, and health care. The research assistant will be expected to work at least once per week at the Collaboratory offices (located at 400 Robertson Street in Carrboro at the UNC Service Center of Excellence offices). Remote work is allowed and supported, and there may be occasional travel to Raleigh and other locations within the State (travel expenses will be reimbursed).

The Collaboratory research assistant will:

  • Conduct science policy research in support of ongoing projects
  • Coordinate research team efforts
  • Review draft and final reports and prepare written briefings for online publication or distribution to policymakers
  • Assist Collaboratory staff with their management duties (budgeting, accounting, data management, outreach, communications)


To apply

E-mail a CV/resume and a brief statement about what you hope to gain from this unique science policy opportunity to Steve Wall, Outreach Director, at The deadline for applications is July 17, 2020, at 5pm EDT.

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