Funded Opportunities

Ecoinformatics researchers are currently looking for undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and professional research staff to work in their labs. Below, we have listed current funded opportunities.

(Updated October 8, 2021)

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for General CS Support

We are looking for 1 or 2 strong Computer Science student with a passion for teaching to provide general computing support for students in our interdisciplinary Informatics PhD program. Our interdisciplinary program recruits students with a broad range of expertise in different scientific disciplines (e.g., Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science) and provides training in computing and data analysis to help them solve big scientific questions. Our PhD students have expertise in their fields, but some of them enter the program with little foundation in computer science. That is where you come in!

What will the Undergraduate Teaching Assistant(s) do?

The undergraduate teaching assistant(s) will hold regular office hours (5-10 per week) to answer questions and help graduate students with foundational coding. The undergraduate teaching assistant(s) should have experience and knowledge in Python and some expertise and experience with R (e.g., from a statistics or informatics class). The teaching assistant(s) may be asked to help troubleshoot specific assignments, but for the most part, they will focus on providing general and practical support in coding.


  • Good academic standing and excellent grades in CS courses (e.g., CS 126)
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work respectfully with students from a broad range of backgrounds
  • Knowledge and experience with Python
  • Knowledge and experience with R (or with Matlab + a willingness to learn R)
  • Ability to troubleshoot and tutor students independently

To Apply

Send the following items to Dr. Kimberly Samuels-Crow ( as a single pdf by October 17, 2021

  • A cover letter outlining your experience and your reasons for applying
  • A 1-page resume with information about your relevant coursework (and work relevant work experience if you have any)


This position pays $12/hour.

Graduate Fellowship Opportunity

Our T3 option, funded through a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) award, aims to train students in team science and science communication as they gain expertise in Ecological and Environmental Informatics, and to prepare trainees for a diverse range of career paths. Fellowships ($34,000/year stipend, tuition benefits, health insurance, for 1-2 years) are available for outstanding applicants; we strongly encourage applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups. Exceptional early applicants may be eligible for supplemental funding through NAU’s Presidential Fellowship. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the final (Graduate College) deadline on January 1, 2022. For full funding consideration, we recommend applying during the Fall 2021 semester; prospective students should apply to the Informatics and Computing (INF) program, and explicitly indicate interest in the EEI T3 program within the personal statement. We strongly encourage interested students to contact prospective faculty mentors or the T3 Program Coordinator (Dr. Kimberly Samuels-Crow, prior to applying.

Additional Opportunities

Please review Ecoinformatics research groups and contact PI’s directly to determine if there are additional opportunities not listed here.

Additional Faculty, Staff, and Post-doc positions are available via the NAU HR website.