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TA positions are merit based positions and offered by invitation during the second year of the program only, based on a student’s performance in their first year classes. A TA position requires 10 hours of work each week during the semester assisting faculty teaching the Biomimicry ASU Online courses, and therefore can be done remotely. A TA position pays $4000 for the semester and 50% of tuition is covered by ASU. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits for the semester to be eligible. Scholarship students are not eligible for TA positions. International students (due to tax laws) are not eligible for TA’s unless they currently reside in the US.
RA positions are merit based positions which must be applied for. A RA position requires 10 hours of work each week during the semester working on a specific project. Most projects are eligible for remote participation. A RA position pays $4000 for the semester and 50% of tuition is covered by ASU. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits for the semester to be eligible. Interested students should review the available projects below and submit a letter explaining their interest and qualifications in the project. Scholarship students are not eligible for RA positions. International students (due to tax laws) are not eligible for RA’s unless they currently reside in the US.
Biomimicry Toolkit for Informal Education Centers
This position, geared towards someone with skills in and/or a passion for interpretation, exhibit design, graphic design, natural history writing, web/app design or informal education, focuses on developing a tool kit to help organizations with biological assets (e.g. zoos, natural history museums and centers, botanical gardens, aquariums, etc.) bring biomimicry to their audiences. The tool kit could include pre-written narratives, exhibit components and digital files for signage, a mobile app, teaching materials, etc. The scope of the research will be refined in the first few weeks of the position depending upon the specific skills of the candidate.
Visual Design of Biomimicry Concepts
The position is perfect for an artist, illustrator or graphic designer who wants to help bring biomimicry to life by creating original illustrations of biomimicry concepts, developing visual representations of complex biological phenomena, and producing multimedia designs to support biomimicry’s diverse audience of designers, engineers, and educators. The project will entail producing visual collateral for AskNature.org and other outlets, including illustrations for biological strategy pages, iconography, and infographics, as well as specific projects for The Biomimicry Center. Specific expectations will be refined over the course of the position depending upon the skills of the candidate.
This position is perfect for a science writer keen on helping share biomimicry and its inspiring stories with the world through long-form storytelling and contributions to a broader social engagement strategy. Communications will showcase biomimicry innovations, projects, and design or research teams, while relating the human side of creativity and nature-inspired designs. The project entails producing and publishing stories with a biology and/or biomimicry focus on AskNature.org, The Biomimicry Center’s website and appropriate social channels. Stories will address biological research, biomimicry innovations, and/or design and research teams. Specific expectations will be refined over the course of the position depending upon the skills of the candidate.
Secondary Research/Literature Reviews
This position is geared towards someone with strong literature research skills, primarily in biology, but also in the secondary design literature. The researcher will assist in the background research for biomimicry-related publications (books, book chapters and journal articles) being written by Biomimicry Center staff on such topics as biomimicry of the Sonoran desert, Life’s Principles and life-centered innovation. Specific expectations will be further refined over the course of the position depending upon the skills of the candidate.
Bio-inspired Design Generation
This position appeals to a industrial designer or architectural designer who is interested in imagining sustainable, real-world applications inspired by the plants, animals, systems and deep patterns of the Sonoran Desert. These original product sketches and architectural drawings in response to biological strategies of Sonoran Desert organisms will be featured in A Biomimicry of the Sonoran Desert, a book that is being produced by Biomimicry Center faculty and staff.
There are no RA positions available for Summer 2016. Instead, we will be offering additional scholarships (please see above).