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Research Intern Biomolecular Chemistry Aug 30 2019

Requirements: Applicants should have bachelor's degree in a field of life science (Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics or Molecular Biology) and a minimum of one year of undergraduate research experience. Applicants must have strong problem solving skills, excellent work ethic and the ability to work well with others.

Job Duties: The Sheets lab seeks interns to join our research group that focuses on investigating regulatory mechanisms in eukaryotic RNA biology. The goal of our research is to define key molecular events that influence the cell behaviors that are specifically corrupted in particular human disease states. We use two experimental systems for our studies: 1) embryos of the frog Xenopus laevis that offer numerous advantages for in-depth mechanistic analysis and 2) differentiated cell types derived from human IPS cells. Successful candidates will perform experiments to analyze mRNA translational events using biochemical, genomic and imaging methods under the guidance of Dr. Sheets. Training opportunities include the differentiation and analysis of RNA regulation in human iPS cells, monitoring translational events in Xenopus embryos using mRNA reporters, DNA/RNA purification, PCR, western blotting, immunofluorescence staining, confocal and epifluorescence imaging. Preferred applicants are those who seek additional lab training prior to continuing their education with graduate studies (either Ph.D. or M.D). The lab is located on the 5th floor of the modern Biochemical Sciences building within the dynamic and interconnected Hector DeLuca Biochemistry complex. The 5th floor is an active, friendly and collaborative research environment with four active research laboratories. This research and training opportunity is unique and exciting and ambitious applicants are especially encouraged to apply! To apply, email Dr. Sheets at and include a cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information (name, telephone number and email address). The cover letter should describe your lab experience, your education relevant to the position, and your future career goals.

Begin Date: Sept 2019
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $31,000

Michael Sheets

Research Intern Biochemistry Aug 30 2019

Requirements: An outstanding opportunity is available for a recent bachelor's graduate in biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, chemistry, or a related field who seeks further training prior to graduate school. The Landick lab ( seeks a highly motivated candidate with undergraduate research experience who will benefit from learning rigorous experimental science while studying the structure, mechanism, and regulation of the central enzyme of gene expression, RNA polymerase. The successful candidate will be eager to pursue a career in science, hard-working, curious, and able to work effectively in a group as well as semi-independently after a period of training. Strong quantitative and concentration skills are also required. Our research uses conventional and single-molecule biochemistry, in vivo genome-scale methods, and structural biology as approaches. The last three interns are currently in PhD programs or postdocs at UW-Madison, Brown, or Stanford.

Job Duties: The new intern will join a vibrant, highly interactive research group as a full member who generates, discusses, and presents research results and shares in lab support activities. Research duties will include planning and executing experiments to analyze transcription by biochemical and genomic methods under guidance of the PI. The position requires a 2-year commitment. To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your career goals and research interests, a CV, and names of three references to Questions are welcome.

Begin Date: Sept 2019
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $30,000

Robert Landick