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LEoPARD is always seeking ambitious undergraduate students who have a strong interest in laboratory-based work. At present, we are recruiting to fill the following two categories:

  • Student-researchers
  • Student-technicians

Descriptions and requirements for these two types of positions can be found below.

Student-researchers

The student-researcher position is intended for ambitious students who want to take a leadership and decision-making role in research — and who are passionate about giving serious consideration to making research part of their long-term career goals (e.g. pursuing graduate studies, performing cutting-edge work in a biotechnology company, having a prominent role in drug discovery and clinical trials, etc.). Student-researchers will plan, execute, and analyze the results of the core experiments in LEoPARD’s various research projects, with the utmost care and meticulous attention to detail — in pursuit of the ultimate goal of publishing discoveries in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Students who are interested in the student-researcher role are expected to join LEoPARD with the highest commitment to furthering research — and must be willing to devote considerable, heavy time and effort towards this goal. 

Prospective student-researchers must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be able and willing to dedicate a bare minimum of no less than 10 hours per week (and often, considerably more than the 10-hour weekly minimum) to in-lab research (i.e. work that takes place in the lab, making reagents and solutions, running experiments, recording data, etc.);
  • Must be able and willing to work “odd hours” (e.g. evenings, weekends) as necessitated by laboratory protocols and/or the scheduling of intensive research time-blocks around coursework;
  • Must be able and willing to dedicate no less than 5 hours per week (and often more) to out-of-lab research (i.e. work that takes place out of the lab, processing data, plotting graphs, searching out and reading references from the peer-reviewed literature, writing manuscripts and poster presentations, etc.);
  • Must be able and willing to schedule and attend a weekly 1-hour research progress meeting, and other periodic meetings as required;
  • Must not be taxed by more than 8 hours per week of commitments to non-academic pursuits including (but not limited to) other employment, residence life, volunteering, athletics, etc.; 
  • Must have an earnest, genuine interest for research. Prospective student-researchers need not be a research expert, or already committed to a career in research, but should be willing to give research nothing short of their uncompromising dedication for the time that they remain in LEoPARD.

Student-technicians

The student-technician position is intended for students who may not want a leadership and decision-making role in research — at least, not yet — but who are still interested in the workings of a laboratory environment, and who may eventually be interested in pursuing research-related goals or careers upon graduation. Student-technicians will support student-researchers in LEoPARD by completing preparatory work, monitoring and replenishing the inventory of reagents, and maintaining the research lab in a state of cleanliness. Students who are interested in the student-technician role are expected to join LEoPARD with a serious commitment to furthering research, and must be willing to devote substantial time and effort towards this goal. 

Prospective student-technicians must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be able and willing to dedicate a bare minimum of no less than 3 hours per week to in-lab research (i.e. work that takes place in the lab, preparatory work, cleaning, etc.);
    • Student-technicians may not contribute more than 10 hours per week to LEoPARD. Instead, students interested in spending more than 10 hours per week in a lab environment should seriously consider applying to the student-researcher position described above. 
  • Must be able and willing to schedule and attend a weekly 1-hour update meeting, and other update meetings as required;
  • Must not be taxed by more than 16 hours per week of commitments to non-academic pursuits including (but not limited to) other employment, residence life, volunteering, athletics, etc.; 
  • Must have an earnest, genuine interest for laboratory work. Prospective student-technicians need not be already committed to a career in laboratory work, but should be willing to give this work their dedication for the time that they remain in LEoPARD.

Students interested in either of these roles should contact Dr. Dieni.