Opportunities

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 or as an undergraduate volunteer researcher. At present I am not advertising any URAP positions, but these may become available in future. These are advertised university-wide, so are likely to be competitive.

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. I typically start undergraduate research assistants off with fairly simple and repetitive tasks (e.g. insect husbandry, assisting lab manager, basic sample prep), and once they have proved themselves to be reliable and engaged will move them into more demanding tasks such as biochemical assays, experimental data collection, and eventually experimental design and execution of your own independent project (within my research interests). 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 the answers to the following questions:

1) Why are you interested in working in our research lab?
2) How many semesters can you commit to our research lab?
3) What skills do you have that may be useful in a research setting?
4) Can you commit at least 5h/week, and what is your availability?

Prospective graduate students – ongoing recruitment

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. As members of a new lab, you will have a unique opportunity to contribute to the direction of our research program.

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 researcher – fully funded applicants only at present please 

I will be glad to hear from funded postdoctoral researchers looking for an evolutionary physiology lab in which to develop their projects. I do not currently have funding available for salary but may be able to provide some research funds depending on the alignment of our interests.