Currently, these research positions are all open for application.

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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.

 


Research Focus -  Diabetes Research Center/Neuroscience/Pediatrics (Sheffield Lab)

Project/Position Details

Have you ever wanted to change the world? Are you interested in conducting and publishing pioneering translational science? If yes to any, read on.

We seek highly motivated candidates to help us investigate the biological effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) using animal models (rodents and pigs) to begin ASAP. We recently discovered that EMFs can be used to treat a variety of common chronic diseases and we are in the process of conducting pre-clinical studies exploring mechanism of action and safety in preparation for clinical trials. We conduct research at the University and run a University-funded startup (Geminii, Inc.) which serves as our means of translating the science we do. We are a Howard Hughes laboratory located in MERF with funding from NIH, NSF & private investors. You will learn a ton & will do good for patients in the process. Contact us if interested =D.

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Qualifications

A background in science or engineering with some statistics knowledge is preferred. Research experience with animals is strongly preferred.

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
  • Pay

Start Date and Timeline

  • To start immediately
  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

Apply By:

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

How to apply

If you are interested, email calvin-carter@uiowa.edu with your resume/CV/biosketch ASAP.

 


Research Focus -  Biology (He Lab)

Project/Position Details

We are looking for a motivated individual interested in acquiring expertise in basic research skills and helping to manage a laboratory that uses yeast species, including human commensals, to study the evolution of stress responses and the gene regulation behind. For more information, please check https://binhe-lab.org/

This position involves:

a) the performance of standard and moderately complex research procedures in microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology and genetics required for beginning level research in the natural sciences.
b) ordering and organizing lab supplies and equipment, record keeping and database maintenance, preparation of research grants and manuscripts and training of new personnel.

This is a great opportunity for a motivated and organized person interested in Biology to interact with scientists in a diverse and stimulating academic research environment, participate in setting-up and running a laboratory, and contribute to, and publish original research findings. This would provide such an individual an excellent oppurtunity to advance his/her professional knowledge, skills and abilities.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Culture and maintain yeast strains and prepare stock solutions for experiments;
  • Perform general laboratory maintenance;
  • Requisition supplies, specimens and materials, organize work areas, care of equipment and maintain inventories of general supplies;
  • Follow detailed technical instructions in setting up and conducting standard experiments that will eventually lead to a proficiency in standard molecular biological, cell biological and genetics techniques;
  • Maintain detailed record of results, both experimental and computational;
  • Prepare materials for reports and grant applications;
  • Manage databases related with laboratory inventory, ordering supplies, maintaining bacterial and yeast strains and other related reagents;
  • Work with or train other laboratory personnel or students in research techniques or procedures;
  • Participate in laboratory meetings and seminars;
  • Seek opportunities to enhance one’s own professional knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to position.
  • Perform related duties as required or assigned.

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Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in the chemistry, biology or biomedical sciences, OR current students majoring in biology or related fields, having taken introductory biology courses such as Fundamentals in Biology;
  • A minimum commitment of one year;
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and maintain laboratory stock reagents;
  • Attention to detail and accurate record keeping;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment;
  • Knowledge in, or ability to learn scientific computing tools, e.g. unix, R;
  • Ability to organize laboratory meetings and events.
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions as required;
  • Interest and openness to learning new and varied techniques;

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous demonstrated laboratory or research experience in the areas of molecular biology/biochemistry/biology or related field;
  • Experience with yeast genetics and strain management is highly desirable;
  • Knowledge of library research tools and scientific terminology;
  • Excellent writing, communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.

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

  • To start in the near future
  • Fall semester
  • Summer semster
  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

Apply By:

Friday, June 15, 2018

How to apply

Email bin-he@uiowa.edu, with resume and a one-page statement of interest. Past research experiences, if applicable, should be highlighted.


Research Focus -  International Writing Program

Project/Position Details

About the IWP:
The International Writing Program’s mission is to create and support global creative and cultural exchange. Located on the University of Iowa campus at 430 N. Clinton St., the IWP offers a residency for international writers, summer writing camps for teenage writers from the United States and abroad, and online writing courses for participants around the world. Founded 50 years ago, the IWP has long served as a resource and an archive for the work of the international literary community.

About Distance Learning:
The Distance Learning Program creates the IWP’s online creative writing courses, which serve students and writers of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds. Our goal is to provide online classrooms where groups of aspiring writers can come together for writing study, workshop, and discussion. We strive to bring these opportunities to regions where there are few local writing classes. Our courses and exchanges bring together thousands of people from around the world to write poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and plays, to trade feedback, and to form new online communities.

About the Distance Learning Project:
Experience with video editing is strongly preferred for the Distance Learning Project. Experience with online learning, graphic design, and student survey data not required. Details below!

Possible Projects:

  • Collaboration with the Distance Learning team on planning and designing new online courses
  • Working with the team to support live online classes and answer student questions
  • Video recording, editing, and transcription for video classes
  • Video design and creation for promotional campaigns and special projects
  • Graphic design and research for promotional campaigns
  • Basic website editing for new courses
  • Studying student interaction patterns and survey responses during online courses

Project Examples:

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Desired Qualifications

  • Strong interest in online learning and online communities
  • Strong video recording, editing, and production skills
  • Interest in creative writing, literature, international studies, and/or library sciences
  • Interest in analyzing student interactions and course data
  • Strong ability to work independently, flexibly, and reliably
  • Strong organizational and communication skills

Compensation

If funding is available, this will be a paid Fellowship. But if funding is not available, this Fellowship can be completed for academic credit. **In your cover letter, please indicate whether you are interested in academic credit, a paid fellowship, or both.**

Start Date and Timeline

Summer 2018: 20 hours per week. Start and end dates flexible.
Fall 2018 and Spring 2019: 10 hours per week during each semester.
The ideal student will be available for both the 2018 Summer Fellowship and the 2018-2019 Academic Year Fellowship, as projects may be of an ongoing nature. Hours will be arranged around the student's class schedule and other academic commitments. 

Apply By:

Friday, February 23, 2018

How to apply

Please email cover letter and resume to Pamela Marston, Distance Learning Coordinator, at pamela-marston@uiowa.edu.  


Research Focus -  Internal Medicine, Cardiology Division (London Lab)

Project/Position Details

Student will assist in a research lab by stocking supplies, cleaning, labeling, autoclaving, preparing solutions, and working with lab staff and graduate students to setup and conduct experiments. Routine experiments include DNA extraction, PCR/genotyping, and western blots. Lab experience is a plus but we will be willing to train biological sciences/medical school-focused applicants. Must be willing to work with animals and human blood.

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Desired Qualifications

No previous lab experience necessary. Preference for pre-medical or pre-graduate students.

Time Commitment

~8-15 hours/week

Start Date and Timeline

  • To start Immediately
  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

Apply By:

Sunday, April 1, 2018

How to apply

 Interested students should e-mail Gina Bartleson (gina-bartleson@uiowa.edu). Please include a brief (2-3 sentence) introduction about yourself and a brief (2-3 sentence) statement about why you are interested in laboratory work. Please attach a resume, including undergraduate GPA. We will conduct in-person interviews of applicants after reviewing submitted materials.