Current Available Positions
UPDATED: June 9, 2022
Undergraduates: We have one research project available. Applications can be submitted to the following form by Wednesday June 20th: https://forms.gle/9pDAs5RgmAMN6Gvz5
We welcome students from any background. The anticipated start date is Summer Quarter 2022, although the position can be started in fall quarter 2022.
Project: Primary Brain Cell Cultivation and Characterization
Description: A student will be trained in basic sterility and aseptic technique as well as general wet laboratory procedures. A student will be responsible for the long-term culturing of 1-2 brain cell types including media changes and passaging. This project will culminate in identifying the effects of various reagents and growth factors on cell differentiation as well as defining cell differentiation timelines and behavior post-isolation. In addition, a student will also learn staining techniques and imaging with confocal microscopy. No prior experience is required. This will be an in-person research project.
Graduate: Application for Fall 2022 are closed. Students who are accepted at UW will have the opportunity to meet with Prof. Nance and Nance lab members, and discuss specific project details in September-November 2022. Placement into a lab is through a matching process in November of your first year.
If you are an MSTP (MD/PhD) student and interested in the lab, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly.
Postdoctoral: We currently have no postdoc positions available.
High School students: Our TEXTILE summer program call for applications is closed!
Joining Our Team
We look for hard-working, independent, and creative individuals who are passionate about finding ways to better our understanding of, and our technology for, treating complex diseases, specifically those in the brain.
We work as a close-knit team to address the challenging needs of treating neurological diseases. Our work includes individuals from diverse backgrounds and expertise, including in chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, materials science, biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, pediatrics, neurology, infectious disease, physiology and radiology. We collaborate extensively with the clinicians in these medical fields. Individuals who join our lab must be dedicated to continual learning, and to skill development in technical expertise and strong communication.
Postdoctoral Fellows and Technicians
For postdoctoral applicants, we are looking for dedicated individuals who have an interest in model development and characterization, with backgrounds in non-cancer in vivo studies, and individuals who have a background in nanotechnology synthesis/formulation and applications.
It is of significant interest to hire postdocs who have their own funding. For potential funding applications, please check out our scholarship and funding opportunities page.
Doctoral and Master's Candidates
If you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or thesis M.S. at the University of Washington, please review our website to become familiar with our mission, prior publications, and current research. We accept graduate students from those individuals who have been accepted to chemical engineering, MolES, or one of the health sciences programs at UW.
If you apply, please make sure you describe in your application how your past academic, industry and/or research experiences fit with our lab’s mission and your future career goals. Please e-mail Prof. Nance to let her know you have applied, which department you applied to, and highlight your primary research interests.
You do not need prior research experience or experience in our labs research areas of interest to join the Nance lab. Participating in research can give you an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you are learning in the classroom to important clinical challenges. Research is challenging by definition; most of what you will be doing has never been done before. As such, we are looking for students who are self-starters, independent, and willing to explore uncharted territory, and who are willing to embrace failing (in a safe space!). Research opportunities are available on a volunteer or credit basis. Prof. Nance provides extensive support to students to secure research fellowships and scholarships. Please see our Personnel and Lab Alumni pages to get a sense of what scholarships and fellowships our undergraduate research members have received in past years.
Our general expectations for undergraduate researchers include:
Dedicating a minimum of three quarters to volunteer in the lab. During the academic year, classes are your top priority. These are challenging projects and three quarters will give you the time to dive in and make significant contributions to research. We prefer at least one summer of commitment.
No participation in full-time research in another lab
During the academic quarters, spending an average of 10 hours per week working on research (including weekly meetings) - some weeks will be more and some weeks will be less, based on your schedule and project status. We know that classes, work, and other extracurricular activities keep your schedule busy. Ask yourself if you have time to responsibly dedicate to pursuing research.
Participating in monthly working group meetings. You should come prepared to these meetings with slides or other handouts to share your progress, discuss challenges, and help your peers with their research.
Helping with outreach activities. We ask for volunteers from the lab to help with tours and share their experiences with events focused on engaging K-12 students.
Keeping clear documentation and a lab notebook. Others will likely be building upon and learning from your work in the future. Thus it is important that everyone keeps clear notes (including comments in any computer code) so that you can easily share what you have done.
Defining clear goals and outcomes. We aim for everyone to produce a final report, abstract, or other publication based upon their project. We will work with you to help define these goals for your specific project and career goals!