Research Assistant - New microscope for fast 3D imaging of cells and tissue

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Sponsoring College, Department, School or Center: 
Center for Biological Physics & Department of Physics
Faculty Name: 
Douglas Shepherd
Preferred Skills or Majors: 

A background in any science or engineering field is appropriate. The position will learn and apply optical design, electronics, and practical programming skills. The ability to work independently is critical. Course credit, work-study, or employment for at least 10 hours per week are possible following a semester of productive work on the project.

Closing Date: 
September 30, 2019
Location or Campus: 
Hours Per Week: 

Desired Academic Year: 
Project Description: 

The Quantitative Imaging and Inference (QI2) lab, directed by Dr. Shepherd, is looking for a highly motivated undergraduate to contribute to a newly funded project to build a unique 3D microscope. This microscope will be the first of its kind, providing high-resolution three-dimensional imaging of living cells and tissue using minimal laser light. This position is a good fit for someone interested in 1) how microscopes work; 2) computer programming to control hardware, or 3) what we can learn from high-speed 3D imaging of cells and tissue. This position will help develop this new microscope and the open-source control software. The trainee will receive close mentorship on all aspects of the project, along with the freedom to steer the project if they choose.

Application Instructions and Contact Info: 

Email a resume/cv, including relevant courses/experience, and a brief note about why this project interests you to Dr. Douglas Shepherd ( Include the words ‘Microscope-honors-ad’ in the subject heading. Informal inquiries are welcome.