Currently, these research positions are all open for application.

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Research Focus - Center for Computer Aided-Design (3D-Bio Motion Lab)

Project/Position Details

The Rahmatalla Lab focuses on human-structure motion analysis.

Working in a motion capture and whole-body vibration lab. The work in the lab requires setting-up systems and using several software. A handy student with some experience in MATLAB is required. The student must be available for at least 3 hr block of time three times a week.

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Qualifications

Sophomore or higher levels in biomedical or mechanical engineering.

Time Commitment 

At least 3 hr block of time three times a week.

Compensation

  • Pay

Start Date

  • Immediate

Timeline

  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position.

Apply by

Monday, March 25, 2019

How to apply

Email: salam-rahmatalla@uiowa.edu


Research Focus - Internal Medicine (Grumbach Lab)

Project/Position Details

 ​​​​​Grumbach Lab is interested in signaling regulators that integrate increased Calcium- signaling and reactive oxygen species-dependent signaling. In this context, the main research themes are:

1. Mechanisms of endothelial damage by chemo- and radiation therapy
2. Impact of mitochondria in smooth muscle cells on vascular wall remodeling after injury
3. Mitochondrial smooth muscle cell biology in type 2 diabetes
4. Mitochondrial Ca2+ handling in hypertension

We are looking for a motivated and reliable student to support a project on cancer therapy-induced side effects on blood vessels. The individual will support an experienced research scientist and perform experiments involving cell culture, molecular biology (Western blotting, DNA/RNA extraction, qPCR, mitochondrial function assessment) and histology (tissue processing, sectioning, staining and imaging) and help maintain an animal work (genotyping, tissues harvest, vascular reactivity). Detailed training and supervision will be provided.

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Qualifications

Qualifications:

  • Must have the motivation to learn and perform research in biomedical research laboratory
  • Have an interest in mitochondrial and vascular biology
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Prior experience in research is preferred but not mandatory
  • Be willing to work during the summer break

Time Commitment 

Student should be able to commit at least 10 hours per week.

Compensation

  • Volunteer (Optional 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition)
  • Academic Credit (1-4 credit hour independent study)

Start Date

  • Near future
  • Summer semester

Timeline

  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position.

Apply by

Monday, March 18, 2019

How to apply

 Please send an email, including your CV and a brief statement describing your interest in this position to Karima Ait-Aissa at karima-ait-aissa@uiowa.com

 


Research Focus - Biochemistry (Davies Lab)

Project/Position Details

 Our lab studies the delivery of fat to tissues in the body. Our focus is on the enzymes and proteins that direct fat to and away from tissue such as skeletal muscle, heart, and adipose tissue.

We use a wide range of techniques including cell culture, enzyme activity and binding assays, molecular cloning, protein analysis and transgenic models. Student would be expected to assist graduates students, postdocs, and other graduate students in performing experiments and preparing reagents. Student will be expected to progress towards performing experiments independently.

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Qualifications

Completed course work in biological or chemical sciences is preferred. The applicant should have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, with a science course GPA of at least 3.0. The applicant must be dependable, have a strong work ethic, be able to work independently after appropriately trained, and should have an interest in working more than one semester.s

Time Commitment 

Student should be able to commit at least 10 -15 hrs/wk.

Compensation

  • Volunteer (Optional 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition)
  • Academic Credit (1-4 credit hour independent study)
  • Pay

Start Date

  • Immediate
  • Near future

Timeline

  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position.

Apply by

Monday, April 1, 2019

How to apply

Please email Brandon Davies at brandon-davies@uiowa.edu. Include your major and a brief statement as to why you are interested in this position.

 


Research Focus - International Writing Program

Project/Position Details

 The International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa connects writers around the world. Its annual international Fall Residency has hosted more than 1,500 writers from more than 150 countries, with notable alumni including Nobel Prize in Literature recipients Orhan Pamuk and Mo Yan. The IWP continues to add new cultural exchange programs each year, including short summer residencies in Iowa City that bring together students age 15-22 from different cultures for intensive two-week workshops, and free online writing and literature courses that draw a worldwide audience.

This project will support outreach and marketing initiatives for IWP programs, particularly on social media. The student will gain a portfolio of marketable communications skills including professional writing and visual communication samples, as well as produce a creative project or research paper based on a specific area of interest for the student – potentially on topics such as international communications, engaging alumni communities, media relations, digital/mass communications or marketing, online/global network building, arts/cultural programming impacts, or social media strategies.

Duties may include (depending on time of year):

  • Program Impact & Alumni Network Research: Read news articles about IWP alumni and determine relevant content for social media. Research IWP alumni network – passively or engaging actively with alumni and community members – to illustrate program impact.
  • Photography & Social Media Content Creation: Photograph program events, select and edit photos for publicity efforts, and assist with photo database management. Learn to write engaging copy for multiple social media platforms and different audiences.
  • Graphic Design (background in graphic design not required) & Web Management: Assist the Communications Coordinator in creating marketing materials for IWP events including posters, social media content, digital signage, etc. Use Wordpress to add content to the IWP’s 50th Anniversary website.
  • Public Relations: Research and compile media and publicity lists, identify new communities for the IWP to engage with, and potentially learn about writing press releases under the guidance of the Communications Coordinator.

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Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Enrolled as an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Social media savvy
  • Background in or displayed aptitude for photography and/or graphic design
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Canva, Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign a plus
  • Experience with Wordpress or Squarespace a bonus
  • Understanding of social media analytics and Google Analytics
  • Interest in international literature or writing or creative communities

Time Commitment 

Summer: approx. 20 hrs. per week AND/OR Academic Year: approx. 10 hrs. per week, flexible schedule

Compensation

  • Possibility for funding through ICRU fellowship application (Summer: $2500, approx. 20 hours per week AND/OR Academic Year: $2,000, approx. 10 hours per week).  Flexible schedule.
  • If ICRU funding is not available, this position may be used for academic credit.
    • **In your cover letter, please indicate whether you are interested in this fellowship for Summer and/or the Academic Year, and whether you’re interested in the position for pay only, for academic credit only, or for either pay or academic credit.**
  • Volunteer (Optional 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition)
  • Academic Credit (1-4 credit hour independent study)
  • Pay
  • To be determined

Start Date

  • Fall semester
  • Spring semester
  • Summer semester

Timeline

  • Fall semester only
  • Spring semester only
  • Summer semester only

Apply by

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Allison Gnade, IWP Communications Coordinator, at allison-gnade@uiowa.edu. If you do have photo or design samples (not required but desired), please include links to them. Feel free to contact Allison with questions.


Research Focus - Pharmacology (Chen Lab)

Project/Position Details

The Chen lab studies molecular mechanisms of cancer development and progression, with a particular focus on breast and prostate cancer.
Maintain cell culture and perform experiments on cultured cells; genotype mice; lab maintenance.

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Qualifications

The applicant must have the desire to learn and perform research in a biomedical research laboratory investigating the mechanisms of caner development and progression, and have the minimum GPA of 3.2. Prior experience in research is preferred but not essential. The applicant should be willing to work during the summer break and interested in ICRU fellowship.

Time Commitment 

 Approximately 10 hours per week.

Compensation

  • Academic Credit (1-4 credit hour independent study)
  • Pay

Start Date

  • Immediate
  • Summer Semester

Timeline

  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

Apply by

Monday, April 15, 2019

How to apply

Please email your application with a resume to Songhai-chen@uiowa.edu

 


Research Focus - Biomedical Engineering (Assouline Lab - Nanomedtrix)

Project/Position Details

The laboratory has various projects based on a platform technology making use of small nanoparticles to provide high-level contrast with medical scanners such as MRI, CT and Ultrasound. In addition, the particles are porous and can serve as a reservoir for loading of bioactive drugs. Our group performs experiments on campus and off campus where we developed a biotech company, NanoMedTrix (NMTx). Our mesoporous silica nanoparticles (the MSNs) are advanced nanotechnology material which dramatically enhance bladder cancer diagnostics for much earlier detection as well as uniquely serve as a vehicle for targeted drug delivery. Current technology is expensive, insensitive and is therapeutically indiscriminate and ineffective. Our nanoparticles specifically target only bladder cancer cells to improve detection significantly and have also been impregnated with anti-mitotic drugs to deliver high concentrations of these drugs only to the cancer cells thereby sparing the surrounding bladder tissue and patient from excessive side effects. The unique experimental and commercial opportunity our products resides in the breadth of clinical applications and the ease of usage.

The chosen student will be involved in a project which focuses on the ability of nanoparticles to deliver bioactive drugs into diseased organs. In this research, we use tissue engineering technologies which include the development and applications of nanoparticles. Teams in my laboratory address specific aspects of the project. We basically interface biomedical technology with computational image processing. Undergraduate students are given tasks at their level. As they learn new techniques and take more appropriate courses, they will take on new tasks.

A number of projects are available in our labs. The chosen student will determine a direction within the scope of our research. He/she will investigate specific properties of nanoparticles in desired protocols. We have daily meetings and a journal club when the student will have to present and articulate his thoughts and results. The student will interact with all students: graduates and undergraduates.

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Qualifications

Appropriate majors for application include Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology, Human Physiology.

Time Commitment 

During the semester: 10 hours per week, During the summer: 20-40 hours per week

Compensation

  • Volunteer (Optional 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition)
  • Academic Credit (1-4 credit hour independent study)

Start Date

  • Immediate
  • Near future
  • Summer Semester

Timeline

  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

How to apply

Email jose-assounline@uiowa.edu or madeline-beauchene@uiowa.edu with a resume attached.


Research Focus - Anatomy and Cell Biology (Lin Lab)

Project/Position Details

Lab/Group's Focus : The goal of my laboratory’s research is to understand the morphogenesis of endoderm, an important tissue essential for the development of a number of tissues/organs, including gastrointestinal system, cranium, face, and heart.

Students will be involved in zebrafish care, lab general maintenance, and research projects.

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Qualifications

Major in biology-related fields. Previous experience in the research laboratory is preferred but is not required.
The first and second-year students are preferred.

Time Commitment 

10 hrs (2-3hrs, 2-3 times) per week.

Compensation

  • Academic Credit (1-4 credit hour independent study)
  • Pay

Start Date

  • Immediate
  • Summer Semester

Timeline

  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

How to apply

Email: fang-lin@uiowa.edu

 


Research Focus - Psychological and Quantitative Foundations (Lira Learning Lab: L^3)

Project/Position Details

Lab focus:
Science learning (Conceptual change)
Learning with mathematical representations (Representational competence)
Changing beliefs about knowledge and learning (Epistemic growth)

This position is flexible both in time commitment and duties. I will set goals with the successful candidate weekly and for the semester. The candidate has the opportunity to craft a small project and submit abstracts to one or more conferences.

At present, I am working to understand how instructors can use mathematical representations (e.g. equations) to support learning in biology students - specifically in the context of physiology. Thus, this position is akin to a position in a psychology laboratory. Although the position may entail learning about science and math concepts, the position is not in a wet lab in the natural sciences.

Although the opportunity remains flexible, duties will most likely entail data management and analysis. This means that the successful candidate will score tests and enter data into a software program such as Excel or SPSS. Upon demonstrating understanding, the candidate, if the candidate desires, may participate in data collection by delivering instruction to students in one-on-one experimental settings, conducting quantitative data analysis (contingent with statistical training), or qualitative data analysis (contingent with training as experienced in the lab). Additional office duties will include, on occasion, printing, collating, scanning, copying and so forth.

Students who have computational experiences may pursue an alternative project working with NetLogo or a programming language of their choice.

Time commitments. I encourage students to apply if they are taking 12-15 credit hours. Taking more hours will undermine your learning experience. Although the time commitments remain flexible, my suggestion is that students should have the capacity to allocate ~10 hours a week to ensure that they learn something from the experience. Availability over the summer is preferable to availability only during the school year. Consider academic credit in relation to your situation and discuss the option with me and your primary advisor.

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Qualifications

Must have:

Basic computing skills

  • Capacity to work with Microsoft packages (e.g. Excel data entry)
  • Capacity to work with audio and video data (e.g. transfer files from camera to desktop server)
  • Capacity to follow organizational systems (e.g. enter a systematic nomenclature for files)

Preferred:

Multi-disciplinary academic training

  • Psychology or educational courses (e.g. cognitive psychology or science education)
  • Natural sciences courses (e.g. physics, chemistry, biology, physiology)
  • Teaching, coaching, or training experience in any capacity (e.g. camp, retail, baby sitting)
  • Prior research experience in psychology or the natural sciences

Personal disposition

  • Driven independently and self-motivated
  • Desire to learn new ideas and techniques

Computer science training

  • Any programming skills (e.g. Java, Python, Processing)
  • Strong willingness to learn programming with demonstration of some quantitative or creative competencies (e.g. grades or software products)

Time Commitment 

1-20 hours (flexible); 1 hour per week to meet with Primary Investigator.

Compensation

  • Volunteer (Optional 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition)
  • Academic Credit (1-4 credit hour independent study)

Start Date

  • Immediate

Timeline

  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

Apply By

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

How to apply

Email Dr. Matthew Lira (matthew-lira@uiowa.edu) with "Lira Learning Lab" in the subject line.

In the body, please introduce yourself and specify why you wish to apply. The body of your email should address your interests in the position and goals in about 1 paragraph or 4-8 sentences. Thank you for your interest.

 


 

Research Focus - Pediatrics (O'Dorisio Lab)

Project/Position Details

This research lab is located in the Medical Laboratories Building and focuses on the preclinical evaluation of small molecules targeting cancerous receptors for diagnosis and radiotherapy of cancer.

The position provides an opportunity to join the research lab to develop and evaluate the in vitro and preclinical model for future clinical translation for peptide-receptor directed radionuclide therapy in patients with neuroendocrine tumor. There are a few receptors of interest as the potential target for radiotherapy. Peptide-based ligands will be labeled with diagnostic and therapeutic radionuclides as radiopharmaceuticals and further assessed for the efficacy and toxicity in vitro and in preclinical settings.

Qualifications

Applicants should be independent with strong organizational skills and record keeping.
Applicants should have a GPA of 3.4 or higher.
Preference will be given to applicants who plan to pursue advanced training in a related area.

Time Commitment 

Students must be available for 8-10 hours per week in blocks of time that 4 hours or greater two days a week.

Compensation

  • Volunteer (Optional 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition)
  • Academic Credit (1-4 credit hour independent study)
  • Pay

Start Date

  • Spring Semester
  • Summer Semester
  • Fall Semester

Timeline

  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

How to apply

Contact Dr. Dijie Liu (dijie-liu@uiowa.edu) directly with a brief statement of what interests you about the advertisement above. List relevant courses taken with grades. Indicate how many hours per week you have available.

 


Research Focus - OB/Gyn (Yang Lab)

Project/Position Details

Uterine endometrial cancer incidence (~63,200 new cases/year) and deaths (~11,300 deaths/year) are on the rise. To help endometrial cancer patients and cure endometrial cancer, we need understand the characteristics of this disease. The current focus of our work is to understand molecular mechanisms of endometrial tumor progression and utilize target therapy or molecular enhanced hormonal therapy to treat endometrial cancer and other hormone-driven cancers. Specific research initiatives include: 1) systematic dissection of the mechanisms of progesterone receptor (PR) downregulation in endometrial cancer and enhancement of progestin therapy with epigenetic modulators in endometrial cancer, 2) identification of novel small molecular drugs to increase PR expression and activity to sensitize progesterone therapy, 3) targeting the PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway in endometrial cancer, 4) relationship between the estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and oncogene Myc in endometrial tumors, and 5) application of molecularly enhanced progestin therapy to other cancer types. Dr. Yang’s laboratory is located in the building of Medical Education Research Facility (MERF).

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Qualifications

A strong interest in cancer research is required. Applicants should be independent and scrupulous, with strong organizational skills and good habit to write record. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to pursue advanced training in a related area.

Time Commitment

Students must be available for 10 plus hours per week in blocks of time that 4 hours or greater two days a week.

Compensation

  • Volunteer - with 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition 
  • Academic Credit - as 1-4 credit hour independent study, graded A-F or pass/fail

Start Date and Timeline

  • Fall semester
  • Spring semester
  • Summer semester
  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

How to apply

If interested, please email Shujie Yang (shujie-yang@uiowa.edu) with your resume/CV and a brief statement of why you're interested in our lab. Please list relevant courses taken and grades.

 


Research Focus - OB/Gyn (Meng Lab)

Project/Position Details

Dr. Meng’s laboratory is located in the building of Medical Education Research Facility (MERF). The long term research goals of our laboratory are to understand the molecular and cellular basis of endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer progression in order to develop new treatment of these diseases. Current efforts are focused on the role of AEG-1/MTDH/LYRIC in drug resistance and DNA damage response in this process. AEG-1/MTDH/LYRIC was recently identified as an ER resident RNA-binding protein, which may contribute to the ER-mRNA transcription in cancers.

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Qualifications

A strong interest in cancer research is required. Applicants should be independent and scrupulous, with strong organizational skills and good habit to write record. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to pursue advanced training in a related area.

Time Commitment

Students must be available for 10 plus hours per week in blocks of time that 4 hours or greater two days a week.

Compensation

  • Volunteer - with 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition 
  • Academic Credit - as 1-4 credit hour independent study, graded A-F or pass/fail

Start Date and Timeline

  • Fall semester
  • Spring semester
  • Summer semester
  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

How to apply

If interested, please email Jianling Bi (jianling-bi@uiowa.edu) with your resume/CV and a brief statement of why you're interested in our lab. Please list relevant courses taken and grades.

 


Research Focus -  Developmental Psychopathology Lab

Project/Position Details

What We Study:
The Developmental Psychopathology Lab conducts research to understand how children develop behavior problems as well as positive adjustment.  We have been particularly interested in externalizing behavior problems, such as aggressive, disruptive, and noncompliant behavior.  We focus on the development of self-regulation skills and the consequences of children’s self-regulation skills (or deficits) for their school readiness.  The goal of our lab is to improve understanding about how children develop behavior problems from a very early age (3–7 years).  We focus on the early development of behavior problems to improve the early identification of at-risk children before later, more severe, and more stable behavior problems develop, which may lead to improved intervention and prevention approaches.

How We Study It:
To study the development of self-regulation and behavior problems, we follow children and families longitudinally over time and we examine multiple levels of analysis, including how biological, psychological, and social-contextual processes relate to the development of behavior problems.  For instance, we examine brain development (as measured by EEG/ERP), sleep, stress, parenting, temperament, and language skills in relation to the development of behavior problems.  For even more information, please visit our website.

Expectations, Responsibilities, and Qualifications:
Research assistants will gain experience with many lab procedures (e.g., collecting data during child lab visits, data management, and video coding of parent–child interactions).  There are also opportunities to complete honors theses for students who are interested and who have been in the lab for a while.  Positions in our laboratory may be particularly interesting and greatly beneficial for students who plan to enter graduate programs in clinical psychology or developmental psychology.  A two-semester commitment for three credit hours (9 hours/week of working in lab, plus 1 hour weekly lab meeting) each semester is preferred.  Experience with young children is highly desirable.  Completion of introductory courses in research methods and statistics is desirable but not required.

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Qualifications

A two-semester commitment for three credit hours (9 hours/week of working in lab, plus 1 hour weekly lab meeting) each semester is preferred.  Experience with young children is highly desirable.  Completion of introductory courses in research methods and statistics is desirable but not required.

Compensation

  • Volunteer - with 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition
  • Academic Credit - as 1-4 credit hour independent study, graded A-F or pass/fail

Start Date and Timeline

  • Fall semester
  • Spring semester
  • Summer semester
  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following application:
https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6foZRkaDKfsPf49

If you have questions, please contact the Developmental Psychopathology Lab at: devpsy-lab@uiowa.edu

 


Research Focus -  Abel Laboratory

Project/Position Details

Dr. Abel’s laboratory is located in the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (PBDB). We are interested in insulin action in cardiovascular system, mitochondrial bioenergetics, and cardiac hypertrophy. Essentially, locating the processes that lead to cardiac failure in diabetes. Visit the lab website below for more information.

The undergraduate volunteer would most likely conduct genotyping by PCR reactions to begin, but could quickly move on to other things depending on their interest and progress.

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Qualifications

  • There is no experience necessary.
  • Applicants should have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Compensation

  • Volunteer - with 0-credit hour (URES:3992) registration for transcript recognition

Time Commitment

  • Please be aware that Dr. Abel typically expects volunteers to be in the lab at least 15 hours per week in order to get the most out of their experience.
  • To start immediately or in the near future.
  • Potential to be ongoing.

Start Date and Timeline

  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

How to apply

  • Interested students should email stacie-vik@uiowa.edu expressing their interest and include their current resume and cumulative GPA.
  • After students contact Stacie Vik, Dr. Abel would then most likely wish to talk to the student, after which he would pair them up with a Postdoctoral fellow in the lab.

 


Research Focus -  Internal Medicine (Wahls Laboratory)

Project/Position Details

The Wahls Research lab is interested in the relationship between diet quality and clinical outcomes. Specifically we are interested in the impact of eating a nutrient dense diet such as modified paleolithic diet on fatigue severity, motor function, cognitive function and quality of life in the setting of multiple sclerosis.  We are utilizing weighed food records and food frequency questionnaires to assess diet quality.  Motor function is assessed using timed walk and hand function tests.  Vision function, quality of life and blood biomarkers are also assessed.   Students with an interest in nutrition assessment are needed.   Students with an interest in neurology, vision, or multiple sclerosis are also needed. Students must be available for 10 plus hours per week in blocks of time that 4 hours or greater two days a week.

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Compensation

  • Volunteer - with 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition
  • Academic Credit - as 1-4 credit hour independent study, graded A-F or pass/fail

Time Commitment

Students must be available for 10 plus hours per week in blocks of time that 4 hours or greater two days a week.

Start Date and Timeline

  • Fall semester
  • Spring semester
  • Summer semester
  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

Apply by:

Monday, December 31, 2018

How to apply

Students should send their resume and a letter of interest to terry-wahls@uiowa.edu. Students should have a grade point of 3.3 or greater.