Hiring Lab RAs
We encourage all lab users to foster a working relationship with members of our lab research assistant pool. Our research assistants are inquisitive and hard-working students from the Columbia University community. All of our lab research assistants have been fully trained to use lab facilities and have completed the TC0087 Human Subjects Training as required by the IRB.
If you are interested in working with the lab RAs please read below for specific instructions and details. You may also read more about members of our team on the bios page.
Interested in working with one of our lab-trained research assistants? Great! We have a number of resources available for you on this website. First, we encourage you to learn more about our RA team by reading about their interests, experiences, and degree track
. You can also check out their brief bios
to get to know them a little better. Secondly, in this section and in the links from the drop-down menu you will find all the details that you need to post your projects and schedule assistance. Please read the important information on this page and, when you are ready to begin using the job board, the step-by-step instructions provided. Finally, please note that when scheduling RA work you will need to indicate whose COSTAR account number work payment should be deducted from, and you may be asked to provide the account number. Please read on to the next section for more details on paying for RA work.
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All of our lab research assistants are paid. Payment is deducted directly from COSTAR accounts after RAs submit their timesheets. If you are interested in scheduling work with the research assistants you must indicate which COSTAR account payments should be deducted from; it is very important to make this clear, especially if the payments should come out of a post-doc account rather than a faculty account, or if two faculty are jointly sponsoring a project. This information should be communicated on the job posting (please see the specific Job Board section for more details), but the author of the posting may be contacted directly by the lab coordinator to provide the COSTAR account number if it is not already known. Once work is scheduled the RAs will post their hours for a project on the RA calendar
. Please reference this calendar to track RA work for your project; you may be contacted to confirm work hours listed on RAs' timesheets. Finally, our RAs are paid different rates
so if you are unfamiliar with a particular RA's payment please do not hesitate to contact the lab coordinator for clarification.
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All lab RA assistance is now requested through the RA Job Board. If you are interested in working with a specific RA for a project you may make a note of this in your job posting. Please be aware that the Job Board is for use as much as a work scheduling resource as a work tracking resource, so all new jobs must be posted on the board (instead of directly contacting a RA for a new project; same policy as was in place prior to the establishment of the board). The Job Board is protected, meaning that you must log in to use this resource. You also must have your account approved to log in. If you have worked with RAs in the past your account should already be approved; if you need access but do not have it email the lab coordinator with your UNI for a simple fix. Please note that only Business School faculty and students will be approved to post and view the board, and only lab-trained RAs will be approved to view and comment on job postings.
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The RA board is meant to be a resource that seamlessly allows work scheduling between researcher and lab research assistant. Because of this the current structure is based around the research assistants signing up for projects that are posted, depending upon availability of their time and flexibility of their schedules. There are important expectations of both the researchers posting jobs and the RAs signing up for jobs that are crucial to the efficient functioning of this resource. First, RAs are expected to sign up for all projects that time, schedule, and work hours allow. Second, researchers are expected to respect and understand the time constraints of the RAs. RAs are expected to work 10-15 hours a week and should not
be accruing significantly more hours. Researchers should then, as much as possible, quote accurate time frames for projects and prevent overloading RAs with work. We also recommend putting up projects as soon as possible to allow enough time for RAs to conclude other work and free up time for assistance. Finally, if researchers have questions or concerns about the adequacy of support they should not hesitate to contact the lab coordinator.
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