Thank you for your interest in the Williams lab! Please read the relevant sections below. I will look forward to hearing from you.
Prospective undergraduate students – positions intermittently available, feel free to enquire.
There are two ways that you can get involved in research in the Williams lab: through the URAP program (http://urap.berkeley.edu/) or as an undergraduate volunteer researcher. We are likely to be advertising several URAP projects in August 2018 (application period 15-27 August). These are advertised university-wide, so are likely to be competitive and best for someone with some familiarity with lab environments.
The other opportunity for undergraduates to be involved in the lab is as an undergraduate research assistant. This would be the most appropriate track for someone with limited research experience, right through to experienced undergraduate researchers. Undergraduate researchers will be paired with a graduate student, and will start by doing animal husbandry, lab maintenance (including dish washing), and helping with experiments. Undergraduates who prove reliable and talented will have the opportunity to learn how to perform biochemical assays, participate in experimental data collection and field work, and eventually experimental design and execution of your own independent project. Full training is provided at every step, the only prerequisites are abundant enthusiasm for science, a good work ethic, detail-oriented personality, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Outstanding undergraduates have gone on to co-author manuscripts, present at national meetings, win awards, and enter graduate or medical school (see my CV for a list of co-authored publications and presentations: undergraduates are indicated with a “U”).
Whatever track you enter the lab under, I am interested in forming long-term mentoring relationships with talented undergraduates, and will support and encourage you to fully participate in the intellectual life of the lab. We will have weekly lab meetings, and you will have the opportunity to collaborate within the lab and the wider department. The expected time commitment would be ~10h/week in Fall and Spring, ~20h/week in Summer.
If you are interested in a position, please email me with short (max one paragraph) full sentence answers to the following questions:
Subject: Seeking research position in Williams lab – [Your name]
Prospective graduate students
The Williams lab is a supportive and collaborative environment. We have weekly lab meetings, and I encourage close communication and collaboration among lab members. We are working in an exciting and growing area of research, as it is becoming increasingly recognized that a functional approach is necessary to elucidate the regulatory architecture of complex traits. I am looking for talented and committed aspiring scientists to mentor, and will provide you with mentored experience in mentoring through interactions with undergraduate researchers.
Please email a CV and brief statement of interest. I will encourage you to continue with the admissions procedure (http://ib.berkeley.edu/grad/admissions/criteria.php).
Postdoctoral researchers – up-coming position will be advertised soon
I am interested to hear from talented near-graduates who are working in the area of evolutionary environmental physiology, who are interested in studying the intricate interrelationships between metabolism and life history. The ideal candidate will be an excellent lab citizen and collaborator, creative thinker, have strong leadership skills and communication abilities, and a demonstrated publication record.