Graduate Research Student

Graduate Research Student

Various Locations, United States
Position Type
Organization Type
Professional Level
Non-Competitive Eligibility
Advanced Degree Required

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Graduate Research Student
Villanova University

Job Posting Date August 23, 2014
Application Deadline September 23, 2014


The Villanova Engineering Service Learning Program has partnered with the Catholic Relief Services office in Madagascar for the purposes of implementing a comprehensive research project aimed at evaluating the performance of water supply infrastructure. This project will require a significant amount of coordination between the various faculty, staff and students at Villanova as well as CRS program personnel and engineers in Madagascar. Duties for this position include; facilitating project activities between engineering design teams, french and francophone student interns and in-country program partners. Designing and implementing capacity building activities for demonstrating monitoring and evaluation tools to analyze water system performance will also be expected. In addition to this, the successful candidate will be expected to work with faculty from Villanova and engineers from Madagascar to design and implement a comprehensive research plan. This position is a thesis track assignment and detailed reporting and documentation of the results will be a significant aspect of the work. It is expected that at least one technical paper about the research project will be submitted and accepted to a peer-reviewed technical journal or conference.


Minimum Qualifications:
- One year of field experience working on a community development or other project specific area, in an international setting.
- Ability to communicate orally in English and French or Malagasy
- Bachelors Degree in Engineering, Science or other related technical field and acceptance into the Graduate Program in Sustainable Engineering at Villanova (see note*).
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary, inter-cultural setting.
- Availability to work internationally for extended periods of time (3 - 6 months).
- An understanding of water supply infrastructure.
- An ability to work with undergraduate Engineering and French students in a mentoring / advisory role.
- Experience managing large data files and reporting data using graphical interfaces.
- Demonstrated technical writing skills.

  • Applicants are encourage to contact us before applying to the program to demonstrate the minimum requirements above (see Application Instructions).

Additional Consideration
- An ability to work proficiently (written) in both English and French or Malagasy.
- Experience working on grant projects with regular reporting requirements.
- Experience working on Monitoring and Evaluation activities.
- Experience implementing qualitative and quantitative social surveys.
- Professional experience in the water sector.
- Experience working on Sustainable WASH projects.
- Experience working on a research project.


Tuition Scholarship and Research Stipend

Location Details

This graduate research assignment will include field based research on the sustainability of water supply infrastructure and will include 3-6 month field assignments in Madagascar. The research position will be primarily located on campus at Villanova University, in Villanova, PA with field activities as needed.

Application Instructions

Additional Application Materials:

Please email the following by: September 23, 2014.
1. A Letter of Interest
2. Resume
3. Writing Sample (project report or other)
Note: Please put your last name in the file when sending (Example: Letter of Interest - Jones.doc, Resume-Jones.doc, etc.)


Applicants that meet the above minimum requirements will be sent a full application and a request for a phone interview.

Due to the limitations of our research team; applicants that do not meet the minimum requirement will not be contacted, with regrets.

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