Research Assistantships

A number of exceptional graduate students within the department are supported by assistantships every year. Research assistantships typically include a monthly stipend, pay tuition and fees, and include student health insurance.

Research assistantships (RAs), the most common type of assistantship, are administered by individual professors and are typically associated with specific research projects. To receive consideration for an RA, you should identify a faculty member doing research in an area in which you are interested and contact that faculty member directly. Because of the quality of our program, the demand for assistantships is competitive. Therefore, when you contact one of our faculty, be prepared to provide your GPA, GRE scores, the university from which you received your BS degree (exceptional students from ABET-accredited engineering programs are preferred), and other indicators of your performance as well as a statement describing the similarities between your interests and the professor’s research area.

Most assistantship positions become available for the fall semester and continue through the year.

Current Research Assistantship Opportunities

Graduate Research Assistantships in Space Nuclear Power, Nuclear Cybersecurity, Micro Reactors’ Neutronics, Thermal-Hydraulics, and Autonomous Operation and Remote Control: Spring, Summer, and Fall 2022

The Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies (ISNPS) at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is seeking applicants for a number of open Research Assistantship positions starting in the 2022 summer semester for full-time graduate students with MS or BS degrees in Nuclear Engineering or closely related fields. We are seeking students with diverse skill sets in modeling and simulation and experimental work for exciting research projects to develop lightweight heat rejection heat pipes radiators for future space nuclear power and propulsion systems. Applicants are also being sought with experience in areas such as controls, machine learning, security, and programming for projects in the areas of secure remote operation and control and cybersecurity for nuclear power plants. Interested graduate students with applicable research and professional experience please send a CV detailing education background, prior research experience and publications, and computational and experimental skills to UNM-ISNPS c/o: Dr. Timothy M. Schriener, Email: Interested students should visit for more information on these opportunities and the work performed by UNM-ISNPS.