Graduate Research Assistants

Graduate Research Assistant working in water


Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) receive competitive compensation packages that include in-state tuition and fees. Most GRAs pursue degrees in the engineering and natural sciences departments at the university and work on a variety of projects at ARL:UT. Current GRA research projects include acoustic metamaterials, the role of reef soundscapes on the orientation of fish larvae, and acoustic radiation force in soft tissue.

Research assistants contribute to a program of departmental or interdepartmental research, under supervision. The appointment is made with the understanding that the required services will contribute to the professional training of the student. While graduate research assistants are committed to performing assigned services, their work is usually suitable for and may be used as part of their report, thesis, or dissertation research to the extent approved by the faculty supervisor. Research assistants shall engage in research as assistants to members of the faculty, and appointment to one of these positions is usually made only in the student's own department or another unit of the university where the research is related to the student's field of study, the latter being applicable to ARL:UT, the largest organized research unit at the University. Appropriate service for an advanced research assistant may include the carrying out of independent research under the guidance of a faculty member or senior research staff member within our laboratories.
Most GRA positions at ARL:UT require ability or a strong interest in programming in various languages including but not limited to Java, Python, Matlab and C++. To maintain eligibility for a GRA appointment, the graduate student be currently enrolled in UT Austin graduate school, be in good academic standing and be making satisfactory progress toward an advanced degree; for ARL:UT the degree should typically be in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or Math and a GPA of at least 3.5 is expected for any graduate coursework completed. Graduate students pursing degrees in other disciplines may also be considered for ARL:UT GRA positions if the degree coursework is related to a specific project at ARL:UT. A GRA is expected to remain registered in courses that count toward the graduate degree for at least nine (9) semester hours during the long session semesters of employment and three (3) semester hours in any summer term when employed. U. S. Citizenship required; applicants selected for hire at ARL:UT will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.