Undergraduate Research Opportunity – Enigmatic RNAs
Our research group (keriaynsmith.web.unc.edu) is seeking a self-motivated undergraduate student to carry out computational research for 8-12 hours/week. We are focused on using innovative tools to understand genomic sequence that produces RNAs, but does not code for protein.
These noncoding RNAs outnumber mRNAs in the human genome and have been implicated in many important cellular processes, as well as numerous diseases including cancers and neurological diseases. Researchers will analyze expression data to identify novel and important RNAs, and use artificial intelligence/machine learning approaches to analyze interactions between RNAs with other molecules. The ideal candidate will be expected to be detail-oriented and exhibit good time management skills to complete deliverables on schedule. Students should also be interested in developing scientific writing abilities.
Proficiency in Python or R is necessary for this work. This is a volunteer position that is open now and will continue through the Spring semester, with potential for continuation.
Specific responsibilities and skills to be gained:
– Data cleaning and organization
– Data visualization
– Weekly meeting participation
To apply, please complete the application available at this LINK: https://forms.gle/2dLzLRgEKx2Ecfgz7