HOW TO JOIN OUR LAB

Environment

We are a translational neuroscience laboratory. Our research goals are to discover how improper nervous system development causes epilepsy and to use this information to develop new treatments. We are part of the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at the University of California, Irvine. UC Irvine is a world- class research university with highly ranked graduate programs in neuroscience and the natural sciences. Our Southern California location is home to one of the largest academic research and biotechnology hubs in the US. Lab members enjoy direct access to this outstanding community of neuroscientists and clinicians as well as the wide range of recreational activities available in our region. All lab members are expected to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team. Each person is encouraged to pursue research questions that interest them, within the scope of our work, and to actively accelerate scientific progress of the lab. Learn more about Orange County here.

Postdoctoral Fellows

If you are interested in a postdoc position in our lab, send an email to robert dot hunt at uci dot edu that includes your CV and contact information for three references. Please also send a short (no more than 2 pg) description of your research describing your past experience, future goals, what type of project you hope to work on and how you think you can contribute to the overall research direction of the lab. Because the purpose of a postdoc position is to eventually become an independent scientist, postdocs will be expected to apply for (and hopefully obtain) their own funding as part of their training. As such, competitive applicants will have at least one first-author publication in a high quality journal and will be strong candidates for obtaining external fellowship funding.

Graduate Students

If you are already a student here in either the INP or MSTP program, send an email to robert dot hunt at uci dot edu and we can set up a time to discuss your interest in our lab. We are always looking for highly motivated students to join the lab.  If you are not already a student here, you will need to first apply to UCI through the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program or the Medical Scientist Training Program.

Undergraduate Students

If you are an undergraduate student at UCI and looking for a training position through Bio Sci 199, please email me directly (robert dot hunt at uci dot edu). Include in the email the following information:

1. Your current CV (including, your major, all relevant coursework and GPA).
2. Confirmation that you have taken the Bio199 prerequisites. A list of the Bio Sci requirements can be found here.
3. A brief description of your career plans - i.e., what do you want to do after you graduate from UCI?
4. A short description of any prior research experience. Prior experience is not a requirement to work in the lab, but it is useful for us to know what level of experience you may have.
5. How much time (and when) do you plan on working in the lab? Many of our experiments take a considerable time commitment to complete. Do you have a schedule already worked out for the quarter?
6 . We work on many different projects in the lab. Which one are you most interested in, and why?

 

The link to our lab-specific Bio199 page can be found here. We only accept undergraduates who want to spend multiple quarters working in the lab. Many of our experiments require extensive training, and we strongly prefer students who wish to contribute in substantive ways to our research program, and even develop independent projects.

Research Assistant / Lab Manager

If you are looking for a technician, research assistant or lab manager position, please send your CV and contact information for three references to Robert Hunt (robert dot hunt at uci dot edu). Lab technicians have an opportunity to participate in all aspects of our work, including mouse models of epilepsy and neurodevelopment, novel molecular biology tools and iPS cells. Please also include a brief statement describing your previous research experience, lab skills, and career goals.

High School Students

If you are in high school and interested in our research, we would love to meet you, discuss science and even give you a tour of the lab. However, due to the nature of our work, we are not accepting internship applications from high school students.