Join the Lab

We are currently not accepting any more undergraduates for the 2013-2014 academic year as all positions have been filled. Please visit the Biology Undergraduate Research Apprenticeships website ( for other research opportunities.

Are you interested in joining the lab? Here are some tips for how we would like to hear from you and the kinds of opportunities we have available.


We typically have a substantial group of undergraduate researchers in the laboratory - ranging from the starting level of assisting with laboratory preparation and basic projects while a student learns about laboratory research to fully independent undergraduate research projects.  We advertise paid positions through the UMass work-study or undergraduate job listings; we also post these advertisements at this site.  If you are interested in considering a position in the lab, send us an email and tell us a little bit about yourself and why an experience in this particular laboratory is important for your interests and training.  You don't need to have had any experience in a laboratory - we look for motivation, curiosity, and commitment.  We will let you know if positions are available and possibly schedule a time to meet.

A sample of the laboratory positions available for undergraduates:

  • Laboratory Prep Person

    This position is for students with little or no background in science. Members of the Lab Prep Crew engage in a diversity of activities, including media preparation, laboratory cleaning, feeding and training the lab animals, maintaining the lab web site, and many, many other science projects. These are paid positions.

  • Research Assistant

    This position is for students with significant experience in a laboratory. We generally fill these positions by promoting from our laboratory prep crew. However, if you have significant experience in a lab, you are welcome to apply. These are either paid positions or involve course credit.

  • Massachusetts Academy of Science Intern

    This position is for students with interest in science education and outreach, which requires little experience in a science laboratory. We are looking for students with a passion for science, who want to engage in a diverse set of activities that involve promoting science to the public. These are either paid positions or involve course credit.

Graduate students:

We rarely accept new graduate students at this point. If you have a compelling reason for wanting to work with Dr. Riley, send her an email with your C.V. and a statement of research interests. We will let you know if there is a position available.

Postdoctoral researchers:

If you are interested in joining the lab as a postdoc, please send us your resume and a letter of introduction. We will take it from there. We usually have the funds to support one postdoc and are willing to work with you if you are interested in coming with your own support.

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