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College Assistantship Position in Programming Languages Available

CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund (DPDF) College Assistantship for Spring 2016 at New York City College of Technology

Fund Description

The City University of New York (CUNY) Diversity Projects Development Fund (DPDF) was established by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Management to support educational projects scholarly research, creative activities and other programmatic initiatives that promote multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion, affirmative action and nondiscrimination for the benefit of the University community.

Project Description

The research project will consist of the beginning steps for creating a programming development environment particularly geared towards helping college students learn Computer Science and Software Engineering concepts. The application created will ultimately be used at New York City College of Technology (NYCCT) of the City University of New York for beginning programming classes to ease students into programming with an industrial programming language.

This early phase of the project will consist of surveying existing, related technologies, and designing and architecting a new system. Application prototyping is also a possibility. This project phase will be completed during the Spring 2016 semester.

Internship/Independent Study Option

If your major has an internship or independent study requirement, it may be possible for you to fulfill that requirement through your participation in this College Assistantship program (indicate your interest on the application form).


A college assistant with strong programming (particularly Java and JavaScript) and analytical skills and experience is desired. The following requirements apply:

General Qualifications

  • Minimum of 30 credits completed (Upper Sophomore).
  • Good overall academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher).
  • One or more faculty references from relevant disciplines.

Specific Qualifications

  • B or better in MAT 1375 Precalculus.
  • B or better in CST 3513 Object-Oriented Programming (or equivalent programming experience in Java or other major Object-Oriented programming language).
  • Work sample: a sample program (source code, clearly commented, GitHub account is acceptable).

Desired Skills and Experience

Applicants with the following skills and/or experience are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • Java
  • Javascript
  • Web technologies (HTML, CSS, AWS, MAMP/LAMP, etc.)
  • Web services (JSON, node.js, socket.io, websockets)
  • Unified Modeling Language (UML)
  • Relational Databases (MySQL)
  • Eclipse Plug-in Development
  • Front-end compiler technologies


  • Assist in statistical and research activities.
    • Collect, compile, and report on data regarding existing, related technologies.
  • Assist with software design and architecture.
  • Assist with existing technologies integration plan.
  • Assist with development of prototype applications.
  • Assist with development server deployment management.

Program Details

This College Assistantship for Spring 2016 will run from February 1, 2016 through May 15, 2016. Research Assistants must be available 20 hours per week, compensated at a rate of $15/hour.

Note that the project will continue. Continued participation may be available for outstanding participants.


Any questions regarding this posting should be directed to Professor Khatchadourian.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The position is open until filled. Applicants will be notified by January 25, 2016.


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