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Neurophysiology of epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorders
Interested in working in the lab?
My lab is an inclusive and accepting environment. I encourage applications from people of any race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, disability, covered veteran status, political ideology, or marital status.
I am currently seeking qualified postdoctoral fellows with an interest in synaptic integration and plasticity in epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disease.
Candidates are required to have completed, or expect to complete within the academic year, a PhD in Neuroscience, Physiology, or a closely related field. Experience with electrophysiological methods is preferred, but not required. Candidates with extensive experience with anatomical and molecular techniques, and an interest in learning electrophysiology are encouraged to apply.
I currently have slots available for graduate students. My lab accepts graduate students through the UT Institute of Neuroscience (INS) Ph.D. program.
If you are interested in becoming a graduate student in my lab, email me and begin the process of applying to the INS program.
Undergraduates interested in volunteer positions in the lab are always welcome to contact me. A few notes and tips on obtaining such a position (in my lab or any lab):
1. Slots often arise sporadically due to specific needs in the lab, and thus are not necessarily synched with the academic calendar. Expressing interest in joining the lab now or in the future are more likely to be successful than listing a defined period of time during which you want to work (i.e., "I'm excited to begin working in the lab whenever a project might arise..." , is better than, "I'm available this summer from June through August...").
2. Faculty members get a large volume of unsolicited letters of interest for these positions. To better your odds of standing out, include a succinct introduction to who you are and why you're seeking a position, what you find specifically interesting about the research conducted in the lab, what you bring to the table, what you hope to get out of the experience, and your future goals. Attach your CV/resume and an unofficial copy of your transcript.
3. Spellcheck and proofread your emails, then reply to emails promptly (even if just to acknowledge receipt and confirm that you will follow up later if you need to look up information or check your calendar). If you arrange a meeting with a faculty member, remember that it is a professional interaction, not a class office hour visit. No need for suit and tie, but arrive on time and prepared to ask and answer questions.
4. If you have been seeking lab positions but getting no response and are feeling frustrated, there are ways to optimize your approach. Ask one of your professors for fifteen minutes of their time to look over the emails you've been sending and listen to their advice.