A limited number of CAIS graduate assistantships are available in our service labs on a competitive basis. The research assistantships are anticipated to be available for up to four years, pending funding and quality of performance. The recipients will be given the opportunity to personalize their experience through collaboration and communication with their direct supervisor, including professional development and/or collaborative research opportunities.


  • Students receive hands-on training in sample prep and/or instrumentation in our Plasma Chemistry, Radiocarbon, Stable Isotope Ecology, and Natural Products labs
  • CAIS Graduate Research Assistants are eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $500 per year for conference travel
  • Flexible scheduling (20 hours per week)
  • Optional summer assistantships
  • Masters and PhD students eligible

To apply:

The GRA must meet the requirements for acceptance into the Graduate School at the University of Georgia and must be duly enrolled as a full-time Masters or PhD student (12 credit hours) upon employment. Attention to detail, good communication skills, and a good understanding of general chemistry principles are required. A degree in a science-related discipline and direct laboratory experience in benchtop chemistry skills or analytical instrumentation is preferred. Students should submit a current CV, unofficial transcript, and a letter of intent as a single PDF to CAIS Director Dr. Carla Hadden (hadden@uga.edu). The letter of intent should detail their reasons for pursuing an assistantship at CAIS and address how their experience and education contribute to the unit’s research and service missions. The letter should also include a statement of the student’s preference(s) for lab placement (see flyer for list of vacancies).

Deadline: Application packages for assistantships are due February 1st for Fall admission.