Join the Lab

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. 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 experience in a lab. Every student who joins the lab starts out in Prep and engages in a variety of activities, including media preparation, laboratory cleaning, maintaining the lab web site, and many, many other science projects.

  • 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.

  • Graduate students:

    Dr. Riley is not actively recruiting new graduate students. 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.

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