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NASA Climate Change Research Initiative: Graduate Student Research Assistant Recruitment Notice & Project Descriptions

Updated on September 11, 2019 - 2:55 PM CDT
Posted on September 4, 2019 - 9:06 AM CDT

Tags: General Public | Higher Education | Students

The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year-long opportunity for Graduate Student Research Assistants to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project associated with the science related to climate change at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in NYC.  The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) is a laboratory in the Earth Sciences Division (ESD) of National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The ESD is part of GSFC's Sciences and Exploration Directorate.

Graduate Student Research Assistants must be willing to commit to the year-long fall, spring and summer program whose dates are defined below. This program is not available for a single term or session. This opportunity will not conflict with the graduate student’s coursework or class schedule during the fall and spring semesters and is considered to be a part-time position that supports the graduate student’s major area of study.


During the fall and spring term of CCRI the research team will consist of NASA Principal Investigators whom will lead Graduate Student Research Assistants and high school STEM educators to become immersed in a NASA science research area of study related to climate change. Fall and Spring sessions will have a time commitment of 10 hours per week for a period of 10 weeks.


During the summer session, the primary research team will add an undergraduate intern and high school intern to the CCRI research team. The Graduate Student Research Assistant works collaboratively for 40 hours per week for a period of eight weeks to complete the research project and to create a scientific research paper and a PowerPoint presentation; a scientific poster will also be presented at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and other regional sciences symposiums.


Applicants should reside within a 50-mile radius of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in NYC. Housing, relocation and travel expenses are not provided.


Program Dates:

Fall: 10/7/19 -12/13/19: (10 hours per week / 10 weeks)

Spring: 02/03/20 – 04/10/20: (10 hours per week / 10 weeks)

Summer: 06/22/20 - 08/14/20: 40 hours per week / 8 weeks)


Graduate Student Research Assistant Stipend: $11,700

To apply for the CCRI Graduate Student Research Assistant position, please fax, mail or deliver a cover letter, resume, transcripts and letters of recommendation to:


Matthew Pearce

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

545 West 112th Street | New York, NY 10025

Fax: 212-678-5552


The cover letter should include the projects being applied to ranked in order of preference and a description of how the project being applied to aligns with the graduate students course of study.



  • Applicants must be in a graduate level degree program that aligns with the project that is being applied to
  • Must have US citizenship

Application period closes on September 23rd, 2019.

For question regarding this opportunity, please contact Matthew Pearce at