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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are offered through many departments and colleges. Information concerning these types of assistance can be obtained from the department in which the student plans to study. All assistantships are governed by the Policy for the Administration of Graduate Assistantships.

The Graduate School shares openings for graduate assistantships whenever possible. If you have any openings to post, please contact Sean Hendricks (

Haslam Scholars Program
Graduate Student Worker
Contact: Sylvia Turner (

The Haslam Scholars Program seeks to hire a one-half time (20 hours/week) Graduate Student Worker to assist in the coordination of The Haslam Scholars Program for the remaining 2019-2020 academic year, with the possibility of extending it through the following academic year. To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter explaining why you are an ideal candidate for this position by October 18th to Please note that this is a student worker position and does not include a tuition waiver.
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Science Alliance
Graduate Research Assistant
Contact: Betty Carmon (

The Science Alliance will be hiring up to 6 GRA positions for twelve month appointments beginning February 2020. These positions are for the new Student Mentoring and Research Training program. General duties include: mentoring undergraduate students, ORNL affiliated research, and professional development activities for undergraduates. The deadline for submissions is October 31st. Please contact Betty Carmon with questions at
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Graduate Teaching Assistant/Graduate Research Assistant
Contact: Andre Zeumault (

The HONEST Lab @ UTK is looking for students! We are an interdisciplinary group that studies the chemical and structural evolutions occurring during thermal annealing of metal-oxide thin films. Of particular interest to us are the material properties relevant for electronic, optoelectronic, thermoelectric and bioelectronic device applications. These include: chemical composition, structural phase, electronic/thermal conductivity, crystallinity, and porosity. Please contact Dr. Andre Zeumault ( for more information and to set up a Skype or in person chat. There are two positions open, and each position consists of a combination of a GRA and GTA position (20 hours total). These positions will remain open until filled.

Office of Information Technology
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Contact: Rachael Stanley (

The Office of Information Technology is seeking a graduate teaching assistant in Instructional Support & Training (Visual Design). This position, which is a twelve-month, half-time appointment, carries a stipend and a waiver of tuition and maintenance fees, including the summer session. A half-time GTA works twenty hours per week and is expected to work spring, summer, and fall semesters.
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Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
Graduate Research Assistant
Contact: Zoi Philippakos, PhD (

Zoi Philippakos, Assistant Professor in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, is searching for a full time (20 hours/week) graduate assistant to work on a funded Institution of Education Sciences (IES) grant project that addresses writing and reading in community colleges. The research assistant will work on data collection, data coding, and analysis of data under the supervision of Prof. Philippakos. The graduate assistant will be trained with the rest of the research personnel, as needed. This position requires a graduate student who is highly motivated, organized, and professional. Interested students should contact Prof. Philippakos ( to schedule an interview. Note: This position is only for PhD students. Master’s students are not eligible.

Department of Plant Sciences—Hewezi Lab
Graduate Research Assistant
Contact: Tarek Hewezi, PhD (

A NIFA-funded PhD assistantship in Plant Molecular Biology is available in at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee in Knoxville. As a member of the Hewezi Lab, the PhD student will investigate the role of soybean protein kinases in regulating interactions leading to compatibility between the soybean plant and soybean cyst nematodes. The position is available starting fall 2019. Applications received before May 15, 2019 will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.
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Plant Sciences
Graduate Assistant
Contact: Avat Shekoofa, PhD (

The University of Tennessee Department of Plant Sciences (Shekoofa Lab) is seeking an MS candidate to conduct controlled (greenhouse) and field research in Jackson, TN. This research will be focused on helping to understand the influences of environmental changes, including water deficit and heat stress, on water movement in plants, plant physiological responses to stressors, and plant-water-soil interactions. The successful candidate will be expected to present research findings at regional, national, or international research meetings and publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
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