College of Health & Human Services


Graduate Assistant for the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics

Starting Date:

On-going. Positions will be filled as needed for each academic semester.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidate must be a matriculated student in the M.S. program in Criminalistics.

Graduate Assistants must be registered in a CSU graduate degree program and must be enrolled in courses towards the completion of that graduate degree during the appointment period.  Applicants should have the ability to relate well to others within the academic environment, and demonstrate ability and/or interest in working in a multiethnic, multicultural environment.

The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good. 


Under the direction of the faculty in the Criminalistics program, the incumbent is responsible for maintaining inventories of chemical and micro-analytical supplies; selecting required materials, supplies, and equipment from storage; transporting materials to the work areas and returning them to storage after use. Performs any cleaning or minor maintenance tasks as necessary; sets up equipment for use in the classroom or laboratory; dispenses and portions supplies and materials; arranges displays; makes labels or prepares identification of materials, supplies, and equipment; checks and arranges learning areas used by students.  Keeps records of issue and use of materials, supplies, and equipment; prepares schedules or lists; assists in the maintenance and operation of instrumental equipment, including infra-red and UV spectrometry and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Current Graduate Assistant rate for an average of 20 hours per week.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  Founded in 1947, the University is in the city of Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and has more than 23,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic diversity of the area. The University is a federally recognized Hispanic-serving and Minority-serving institution.

Required Documentation:

Please submit a letter of application, current curriculum vita, official transcripts, two letters of recommendation and the University’s Application for Academic Employment form. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Address applications, required documentation and/or requests for information to:

Jessica Dennis, Ph.D., Chair
[email protected]
Department of Child and Family Studies
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8162

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.