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 -  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 - Cognitive Neuroscience (Hwang Lab)

Project/Position Details

The Hwang lab conducts research to understand the neural mechanisms of executive functions and its developmental process during childhood and adolescence. Specifically, we are interested in discovering the neural architecture, processes, and developmental trajectory that allow brain networks to select, inhibit, transfer, and integrate information. Together, these mechanisms support many important mental functions during typical and atypical development, such as attention, working memory, response selection and inhibition. We address our research questions with a comprehensive human neuroscience approach, combining multimodal research methodologies, including fMRI, EEG, TMS, eye tracking and behavioral testing.

Responsibilities:

Research assistants will gain valuable experience with cognitive neuroscience research. Specifically, the research assistant will assist subject recruitment, behavioral/EEG/TMS/fMRI data collection, quality control of neuroimaging data, and execution of data analyses. If motivated, the applicant will also have the opportunity to learn advanced neuroimaging methods and develop research projects. Assistants are also encouraged to attend regular journal clubs to discuss the most up-to-date scientific literature.

Qualifications

A strong interest in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and/or neurology is required. Applicants should be independent, reliable, and self-directed, with strong organizational skills and good attention to detail. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to pursue advanced training in a related area (e.g. PhD in Psychology or Neuroscience). Experience with programming/scripting languages, such as Python or Matlab will be a plus but not required. A two-semester and minimally 6-10 weekly hour commitment is preferred, with the understanding that continued participation beyond 2 semesters is encouraged. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.2 or higher.

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
  • To be determined

Start Date and Timeline

  • Fall semester

Apply By:

Saturday, September 1, 2018

How to apply

If interested, please email our lab manager Dillan Cellier (cellierdillan@gmail.com) with your resume/CV and a letter of interest. Please list relevant courses taken and grades.