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.
Research Assistant in Pain-Related Clinical Trials
The Mauck’s Lab is a multi-disciplinary research laboratory in the Department of Anesthesiology involved in multiple Pain-related clinical trials such as the BEST Trial and the IMPROVE Trial. The BEST Trial (Biomarkers for Evaluating Spine Treatments) is a nationwide research study focusing on personalizing treatments for chronic low-back pain. Whereas the IMPROVE Trial (Immune Mechanism of Vitamin-D Following Burn Injury) is a randomized controlled trial assessing the feasibility of Vitamin D to reduce chronic pain resulting from burn injury.
The Mauck’s Lab has research assistant positions available to start as soon as possible. We are looking for upcoming junior or senior undergraduates with background and strong interests in science and clinical research. The research assistant will have the opportunity to engage in various research activities. Specific duties include conducting structured interviews with potential participants, screening, recruitment, and enrollment, scheduling study visits, assisting in organizing and filing regulatory documents, preparing progress reports, conducting follow-up sessions, and performing literature reviews for study-related manuscripts for the lab.
The position is ideal for candidates considering graduate or medical school. The research assistant should be able to work accurately and efficiently under minimal supervision, be detail-oriented, and maintain exceptional communication skills with the research team. The applicant must be willing to commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week.
The mentored Research Assistant position offers numerous learning opportunities which include fostering critical thinking and analytical skills, help define the applicant’s academic and career interests, and additionally, build direct contact and connections with the distinguished faculty and leadership of the department. The applicant stands to benefit from engaging with diverse and supportive research teams, as well as a possibility of receiving outstanding recommendations for future endeavors.
Hydrodynamic Quantum Analogs with Walking Droplets
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!
Ecology Field Assistant
The Hurlbert lab is looking for an undergraduate interested in conducting local fieldwork to track arthropod abundance, especially caterpillars, over the summer to detect when they reach peak abundance in relation to the timing of avian reproduction. We will use this data to understand the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and how predators of the arthropods will respond to changes in abundance. We are looking for a student interested in paid, part-time work for 15-20 hours per week from mid-May through July who are interested in ecology, arthropods, and birds. Hours will typically be 8 am – 12 pm Monday through Friday. No prior field experience is necessary.
We will train students in arthropod identification and students will have the opportunity to learn data entry, analysis, and management skills (e.g. the R programming language). This opportunity is ideal for students wishing to gain ecology field experience and data analysis.
There is also the possibility of continuing to work on this project via BIOL 395 or ENEC 395 during the Fall semester for interested students.
Please submit your application by email to Indigo Edwards (email@example.com) with a statement of interest and a resume describing any relevant coursework or experience. WE WILL BEGIN REVIEWING APPLICATIONS ON MARCH 6, so submit before this date to ensure your application is considered.
Reproductive Mood Disorders Research Assistant
The Neuroendocrinology of Reproductive Mood Disorders (NERD) lab is looking for undergraduate students to assist with multiple studies investigating the impact of hormones on mood at various points across the female reproductive lifespan. Students will assist with conducting behavioral lab sessions, subject recruitment, and data entry and organization. No experience is required. Students will be required to commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week in lab.
Our lab is located off-campus, at the intersection of Hwy 54 and I-40, and is accessible via the GoTriangle 800 and 805 bus lines.
If interested, please apply at: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0k3stCk3sr2oyVM
AMPLab looking for someone with experience and/or interest in programming in VR.
We have several projects with opportunities to develop skills, integrate biomarkers, and learn about VR in research, health, and well-being.
If interested, please email Ava Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org) a statement of interest and resume.
Mathematics Research Assistant Position
This project focuses on local energy estimates for wave equations and their applications. Wave equations have a conserved energy, but as this does not change in time, it fails to capture the dispersive nature wave equations. Instead, if one focuses on the energy within a bounded set, we expect the disturbance to eventually vacate that set leading to decay. This is certainly the case when there is trivial background geometry and waves follow rays. But in the case of nontrivial background geometry, such as a black hole where light can orbit the black hole, the possibilities of trapping occurs and can necessitate finer analyses. Precisely quantifying this is one direction of investigation. Another is the application of these estimates to nonlinear wave equations, and in particular trying to identify how nonlinear structures affect the lifespan of solutions.
Students will be introduced to the wave equation and guided through proofs of some background work. Through a series of exercises, they will be led to newer and newer material and introduced to an open problem. The goal will be to apply these techniques to provide a proof to solve the conjecture. In the process, basic techniques of partial differential equations, positive commutator arguments, local energy estimates, etc. will be introduced.
Students should have at least completed Math 233 and Math 383, though experience with Math 521 is beneficial.
Please send CV, application letter explaining interest, and a list of relevant course work to Dr. Jason Metcalfe.
Research in Differential Equations and Applied Mathematics
I have multiple undergraduate research projects that involve various aspects of analysis of differential equations, math modeling and scientific computation . Here are some example projects, but I am open to discussion about related projects based upon student interests:
1. Properties of eigenvalues and eigenfunctions in graphs and domains. Related undergraduate projects have resulted in the publications:
2. Properties of edge states in topological physics. Related projects with good follow-ups for undergrads are:
4. Analysis of nonlinear states and dynamics in models from quantum mechanics, material science and fluids. Related projects with good components for undergraduates are: