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NOTE: If you are eligible for Federal Work-Study (FWS), you can find hundreds of research opportunities on the FWS website. To find out if you are eligible or if you are new to having a FWS award, visit the UNC FWS website. If you are a returning student who already completed the mandatory training and has access to JobX, log in and click “Find a Job” under the student menu. From there, click the “Research Jobs” button in the middle of the page.

Students with or without FWS can use the database below to look for opportunities.


Undergraduate Research Assistant

Post Date
05/17/2022
Description

We are looking for a few volunteer research assistants to help with a project on racial discourse in large American Protestant churches. More specifically, we need assistance in locating video archives for the 113 gigachurches (10,000+ attendees per week), downloading or creating transcripts of the video-recorded religious services or sermons, doing some cleaning of transcripts, and hopefully also helping to code some of the transcripts. We will hold semi-regular research team meetings to talk through challenges, compare notes, and get updates on how various team members are analyzing the data. In this position, you will gain familiarity with an academic research project and qualitative data collection, cleaning, and coding. We do not have any openings for paid positions right now, but that could change. We anticipate offering work-study positions in the fall semester.

The work is asynchronous on your own computer wherever you would like to work. We are hoping RAs can work somewhere between 5-10 hours per week. Please send a brief statement about why you want to get research experience and any interest you have in race and religion along with a CV to ldpearce@unc.edu. Positions available ASAP. Please apply by June 5.

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Lisa Pearce
Research Supervisor
Dr. Lisa Pearce
Faculty Email:
Type of Position
Availability
Website
Application Deadline
06/05/2022

Research Assistant – Political Science

Suggested Fields
Post Date
05/04/2022
Description

We are digitizing records of Black officeholders who served in the years following the adoption of the Voting Rights Act.

Asynchronous position. Student would code information from PDF’s into a spreadsheet about Black officeholders. Please send a letter of interest and a CV. Position begins ASAP. Apply by 06-01-2022.

Faculty Advisor
Michael Greenberger
Research Supervisor
Michael Greenberger
Type of Position
Availability
Website
Application Deadline
06/01/2022

UNC student laboratory assistant position

Suggested Fields
Post Date
04/26/2022
Description

UNC student laboratory assistant position (for rising Sophomores) in a Microbiology/Immunology Research Lab in Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. This position is a support position and is NOT a research position at this time. It is for about 10-20 hours per week, but the hours can be very flexible. The student would be responsible for doing activities to support the research in the lab, such as basic lab duties: filling tip boxes, collecting biohazard trash from receptacles and transporting to the autoclave area, autoclaving glassware/lab items, restocking lab supplies, making standard buffers/stock solutions for the lab. Additionally, the student would perform other duties for the lab, including labeling tubes, and updating database records. As the student gets more familiar with the job, they may be able to help with a little research support too, but only after mastering the lab duties. No research skills are required- only attention to details and the ability to follow instructions. This is a very important position in our lab, and we value our student lab assistant. We hope the selected student might be willing to work with us throughout their undergraduate time at Carolina.

Faculty Advisor
Jenny Ting, Ph.D.
Research Supervisor
Michael Thompson
Type of Position
Availability
Website
Application Deadline
05/27/2022

Volunteer Research Assistants Needed – Autism Study

Suggested Fields
Post Date
04/07/2022
Description

The purpose of this study is to examine sex differences in social-pragmatic skills or the social use of language in school-age children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and typically developing (TD) children. Data collection will be done entirely online and over the phone.
We are currently looking for highly motivated volunteers to assist with study tasks, including participant recruitment, screening for eligibility, scheduling and tracking study tasks, data collection and processing (transcribing and coding child responses during study tasks), and data entry.

Volunteers will be working remotely. Hours are flexible but a commitment of at least 8-10 hours/ week is required.

If you’re considering graduate school, this is a great opportunity to experience working on a research study. You will attend weekly lab meetings, collect and analyze child language data.
Also, opportunities are available for volunteers to contribute to scientific posters and complete their own research projects in areas related to the collected data.

Primary duties: Volunteers will assist with recruitment of potential participants, data collection, data entry and management, data transcription and scoring.

Training Received: This will be a great training opportunity for students interested in pursuing graduate study in Speech-Language Pathology, Education, Psychology, Social Work, and related fields.

Eligibility: Must be a college junior, senior or a graduate student. Experience working with children and families is preferred. Coursework in language development, child behavior, psychology, statistics, and/ or research methods is preferred. Basic knowledge of Excel is a plus. No prior lab experience is necessary.

Volunteers will be required to complete human subjects training.

Commitment requirements: A minimum of 8-10 hours per week. Hours are flexible.

Interested? Please send your CV and availability to ashwaq_alzamel@med.unc.edu along with the following:
• Year in college / graduate program
• Major(s)
• Relevant coursework and experience
• A short summary of your interests

Faculty Advisor
Ashwaq Alzamel / Advisor: Elizabeth Crais, PhD
Research Supervisor
Ashwaq Alzamel
Type of Position
Availability
Website
Application Deadline
09/30/2022

Undergraduate Research Assistants Needed for Eating Disorder and Obesity Research Projects

Suggested Fields
Post Date
03/26/2022
Description

The Living Focused on Reducing Excessive Eating (F.R.E.E.) Lab is seeking undergraduate and graduate research assistants to support various research projects focused on developing and evaluating interventions to treat disordered eating behaviors in African Americans and those impacted by poverty. We conduct mixed-methods research (e.g., quantitative and qualitative) to elucidate the mechanisms influencing the eating behaviors of underserved populations, and pilot interventions to treat binge eating and obesity. We are looking for undergraduate research assistants to assist with all aspects of the research project, including but not limited to conducting qualitative interviews, assisting with data collection and entry, data analysis, and dissemination of results through publications and presentations. Undergraduate research assistants are required to work for 5-10 hours per week, and attend weekly lab meetings. Applicants can receive course credit (PSYC/NSCI 395) or volunteer. Please complete the attached application: https://adminliveunc.sharepoint.com/:w:/r/sites/Appetite2Study/Shared%20Documents/General/Undergraduate_Research%20Trainee%20app_LFL.docx?d=w1461100a953543119c70b453da01e644&csf=1&web=1&e=dHhmR2 and email it to: sgodoy@email.unc.edu. All applications must be received by May 1, 2022 or consideration for the SUMMER 2022 or June 1, 2022 for consideration for the FALL 2022 semester.

Faculty Advisor
Rachel Goode
Research Supervisor
Sarah Godoy
Faculty Email:
Type of Position
Availability
Website
Application Deadline
06/01/2022

Undergraduate Researcher

Post Date
03/22/2022
Description

The Bai Lab ( https://baigroup.org/ ) in the Department of Applied Physical Sciences (https://aps.unc.edu/ ) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is looking for motivated undergraduate students who would be interested in pursuing applied research for improving healthcare and medical technology. Our research focuses on both fundamental and applied study of soft materials and nanomaterials, design assembly and manufacturing approaches to enable hybrid integration of multi-materials towards high-performance electronic and photonic systems, develop new technology that can intelligently immerse electronics and photonics into biological systems, and create new tools and devices to address unmet clinical needs and improve human healthcare. You will be immersed in highly collaborative, hands-on research with multi-disciplinary coverage across materials science, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and medical technology.

Faculty Advisor
Wubin Bai
Research Supervisor
Senior members of the lab
Faculty Email:
Type of Position
Availability
Website
Application Deadline
12/31/2022

Research Assistants – Eye-biometrics tracking device

Suggested Fields
Post Date
03/07/2022
Description

Prof. Pegard and Prof. Rodriguez-Romaguera, faculty members of the Carolina Stress Initiative (https://www.med.unc.edu/psych/csi/) are currently seeking research assistants to develop devices that track arousal in animals and in humans by measuring ocular biometrics. We are looking for undergraduate researchers for the positions listed below:

-3D Design. We are developing custom eyewear for adults and children. For this, we are looking for someone with good 3D design skills, proficient with Fusion 360, that will design miniature devices that will be mounted on the head of mice, and smart goggles for humans. Our lab has access to a Formlabs 3d printer that you will be able to use to build and update your custom designs. You will be working closely with the team to integrate electronics into your design.

– Electronics Engineering, wireless streaming, and data collection
This project aims to develop electronic hardware and software to measure the current generated by a photodiode in low-light conditions, and live stream the data to a cell phone. The skills we are looking for are in electronics, PCB design, wireless data transfer, and programing skills to design a data-collection app.

Interested candidates should send an email to Nicolas Pegard (pegard@unc.edu) with a CV, a brief intro explaining what opportunity they are interested in, a description of their relevant experience for the project, and their availability to commit for the project (a few hours, part-time, full time). We are willing to discuss opportunities for volunteers, students interested in research for credit, and paid internships, depending on experience, goals, and the amount of time candidates are able to commit to the project.

Faculty Advisor
Nicolas Pegard, Jose Rodriguez-Romaguera
Research Supervisor
Nicolas Pegard, Jose Rodriguez-Romaguera
Faculty Email:
Type of Position
Availability
Website
Application Deadline
05/31/2022

National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research

Suggested Fields
Post Date
02/06/2022
Description

NCCSIR conducts surveillance of catastrophic injuries and illnesses related to participation in organized sports in the US. We track cases through a systematic reporting system with the goal to improve the prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of catastrophic sports-related injuries.

We have opportunities for data entry and data management tasks, website design and management, social media management, graphic design (infographics), literature reviews, data analysis, and others. To apply, please send your resumé and email explaining your interest in this project.

Faculty Advisor
Kristen Kucera
Research Supervisor
Kristen Kucera
Faculty Email:
Type of Position
Availability
Website
Application Deadline
12/31/2022

Undergraduate Researcher

Post Date
02/01/2022
Description

In the O’Brien Lab, our interests are broadly focused on the kidney and lie in understanding the regulation of kidney development, how the mature cell types are maintained, and how these programs are altered during disease. One of our areas of interest in kidney development is the innervation of the developing kidney and its implications on form and function.

The kidney is an intricate organ made up of several distinct cell types. Kidney development involves a series of branching events accompanied by self-renewal and differentiation of distinct progenitor cell populations. The importance of many of these cell types such as nephron progenitors has been well studied. However, the significance of renal nerves to kidney development is poorly understood. Our lab is interested in understanding the mechanism behind renal innervation as well as its importance on nephrogenesis. We utilize a combination of developmental, cell biology, biochemistry, modern genetic tools, high-throughput sequencing, immunohistochemistry, and cutting-edge microscopy in our research.

We give preference to sophomores and juniors who plan to pursue research in graduate school. Premed students with a desire to conduct research are also welcome to apply. Please email pnguetta@ad.unc.edu with your CV and a brief statement of why you want to do research and your plans after graduation.

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Lori O'Brien
Research Supervisor
Pierre-Emmanuel N'Guetta
Faculty Email:
Type of Position
Availability
Website
Application Deadline
05/28/2022

Undergrad research assistant: Structure and function of mucin macromolecules in health and lung diseases

Suggested Fields
Post Date
01/31/2022
Description

The Kesimer Lab in the Marsico Lung Institute is working on the following project and is seeking undergraduate research assistants:

Gel forming mucins are large polymeric macromolecules that cover and protect epithelial surfaces. In a healthy lung, mucins are secreted in low amounts. In disease, particularly those associated with the chronic stresses induced by cigarette smoke and allergens, mucin concentrations increase dramatically and disproportionately. Indeed, mucins are closely/sensitively related to the initiation and progression of airway obstruction and small airway abnormalities. Beyond this association, we know very little of mucins’ role in airways homeostasis and chronic airways disease pathogenesis. Notably, we know little of mucin’s macromolecular assembly, structure, and gel-making properties. The main focus of this project is to define the unique molecular assembly, structure, and gel making properties of MUC5AC and MUC5B mucins and how these parameters might govern the initiation and pathogenesis of mucoobstructive lung diseases such as COPD and asthma.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Dr. Mehmet Kesimer.

Faculty Advisor
Mehmet Kesimer
Research Supervisor
Mehmet Kesimer
Type of Position
Availability
Website
Application Deadline
12/01/2022

Hydrodynamic Quantum Analogs with Walking Droplets

Post Date
01/05/2022
Description

The Physical Mathematics Lab (PML) (Intro Video) offers a wide range of interdisciplinary problems that find motivation in very diverse fields, including soft matter, fluid mechanics, biophysics and quantum mechanics. One of PML’s themes is the study of new Hydrodynamic Quantum Analogs (HQAs) with walking drops (Video). Millimetric liquid drops can walk across the surface of a vibrating fluid bath, self-propelled through a resonant interaction with their own guiding or ‘pilot’ wave fields. These walking drops exhibit features previously thought to be exclusive to the quantum realm. This system has attracted a great deal of attention as it constitutes the first known and directly observable pilot-wave system of the form proposed by de Broglie in 1926 as a rational, realist alternative to the Copenhagen Interpretation (Video & Read). At PML, we work to unveil and rationalize new HQAs, thus challenging the limits between the quantum & classical worlds. Our investigations blend experiments & mathematical modeling (theory & simulations), we can thus tailor your project according to your interests & skills. Prior research experience is not necessary, you just need to be eager to learn!

Faculty Advisor
Pedro Saenz
Research Supervisor
Pedro Saenz
Faculty Email:
Type of Position
Availability
Website
Application Deadline
07/01/2022

Japanese History Lab – Research Assistant

Post Date
09/22/2021
Description

We engage in collaborative learning, shared mentorship, research training and advanced research, professional development through workshops and internship opportunities, consulting with global companies, and a variety of forms of public-facing education, publication, and community engagement around various topics in Japanese history.

The student will join our research group, jointly based in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and the Department of History. Please apply by 11-11-2021 with a resume and an application letter.

Topics of current interest in the lab include:

Changes in representation of key Japanese historical figures
Diachronic analysis of the samurai as a cultural archetype
Problematizing national and cultural heroes in contemporary Japan
The social history and reception of the policies of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598)
Material culture and daily life in late medieval and early modern Japan
The history, aesthetics, and politics of Japanese tea culture (chanoyu)
The archaeology and environmental history of premodern Japanese cities
Early modern (Edo or Tokugawa period) political ritual and pageantry
Modern Japanese national identity

Our lab, led by Professor Morgan Pitelka, includes local high school students; current and former undergraduates interested in researching Japanese history; M.A. students in the DAMES graduate program; Ph.D. students in the Asian History field from the History department; and postdocs and other affiliated scholars from the Triangle and beyond.

Student will work alongside lab researchers researching and writing about Japanese history.

Faculty Advisor
Morgan Pitelka
Research Supervisor
Morgan Pitelka
Faculty Email:
Type of Position
Availability
Website
Application Deadline
09/21/2022

Research Assistant – Genetic/Environmental Factors in Preeclampsia

Suggested Fields
Post Date
09/15/2021
Description

Study the roles of Genetic/environmental factors in preeclampsia (pregnancy induced maternal syndromes).

Learn basic techniques of molecular biology such as PCR, Western Blot, Immunohistochemistry etc.

Faculty Advisor
Feng Li
Research Supervisor
Feng Li
Faculty Email:
Type of Position
Availability
Website
Application Deadline
09/03/2022

Research Assistant – Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Post Date
09/14/2021
Description

We study how the NuRD complex contributes to the silencing of fetal hemoglobin. My lab uses a combination of structural biology, biophysics, and tissue culture assays to understand how proteins bind to one another and to DNA. Our goal is to develop inhibitors of this complex as a potential therapy for blood disorders (sickle cell anemia and beta thalassemia) as well as acute leukemia.

The student will be involved in protein purification, binding assays using fluorescence polarization and ITC, as well as tissue culture experiments using BRET. As they gain experience, they will have an opportunity to take ownership of a project. Applicants should submit a resume and application letter.

Faculty Advisor
David Williams
Research Supervisor
David Williams
Faculty Email:
Type of Position
Availability
Website
Application Deadline
9/1/2022