Undergraduate RA opening, Summer 2013

A full-time Research Assistant position for an undergraduate will be available in summer 2013 in our lab (35 hours/week for ten-twelve weeks). The Research Assistant will be engaged in a project in fungal developmental biology, which will involve growing fungi on microbiological media and developing methods to produce fruiting bodies (mushrooms) in culture (see the image below), as well as isolation of DNA and RNA from fungal materials. Training will be provided. Background (i.e., courses) in Microbiology and Genetics is desirable, but not essential.

This position is particularly appropriate for students with interests in genetics, molecular biology, genomics, or developmental biology.

Our lab includes two undergraduates, four PhD students and four Postdoctoral Fellows, representing seven nations. Our main focus is in fungal systematics and evolutionary biology, but we are also interested in ecology and genomics (look elsewhere on this blog to get a sense of what goes on in the lab). We are looking for someone who enjoys working in groups and who is very independent and responsible. The project associated with this position is a new venture for us. Curiosity, and an ability to solve problems and find information independently are important for this position.

Start date June 1, 2013 (negotiable, could be earlier). This position may be continued on a part-time basis in AY13-14.

To apply, please send a cover letter with a statement of interests, a list of biology courses taken, and contact information for one or two references who can address laboratory skills to dhibbett@clarku.edu by March 15. Please also feel free to get in touch with questions.L.tigrinus-fruiting