If interested in applying to any of the following research opportunities, apply online and indicate the position of interest in the Research Interests area of the online application. 

Please note these are not the only positions available, these are positions that our office has been asked to advertise. For a full list of UM’s research mentors, visit our Research Profiles site.  To view a partial list of our current mentors and their projects, visit the Undergraduate Research Mentors by Area (A - H) or the Undergraduate Research Mentors by Area (L-Z) pages. 

Research Assistant, University of Miami, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Research Mentor: Olga Vilar-Loubet, Ph.D.
“I am in need of 1-2 students who are interested in working with me in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical Campus.
This will be for clinical research purposes and will NOT involve experience in a “wet lab.”
The work experience involves data entry of quantitative and qualitative data for a behavioral research project with Hispanic couples. The quantitative data entry and the qualitative data both involve using Word and Excel. The qualitative data entry also involves transcribing audio recordings of individual and group interviews. Also, depending on the students capability, there could be an opportunity for administering basic demographic and psychosocial questionnaires to study participants (i.e., interaction with participants). Students are not expected to know how to do data entry (quantitative or qualitative) or how to transcribe recordings prior to starting. They will be trained once they start the work experience.  The study participants will be interviewed in English and Spanish, therefore we are looking for students who are fluent in both languages. We hope to conduct the data entry throughout the months of September through December. We are would like students to commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week. There is no stipend, nor can we compensate for transportation. It is important to note that there may be opportunities for the student to engage in future research experiences after they complete this work experience.”

Research Assistant, University of Miami, Department of Psychology
Research Mentor: Lucina Uddin, Ph.D.
The Brain Connectivity and Cognition Laboratory (http://www.psy.miami.edu/bccl/) headed by Dr. Lucina Uddin is looking for undergraduate computer science or engineering students who are interested in learning about medical applications of image processing. We are interested in students who meet the following criteria:

1. Basic Matlab coding experience
2. GPA: 3.7 or higher. This might be relaxed for graduate students with significant programming or signal/image processing experience
3. Expected to work ~10 hours per week in the lab

Research Assistant, University of Miami, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Research Mentor: Deborah Jones, Stephen Weiss, Ph.D.
The Behavioral Sciences lab functions under the direction of Drs. Deborah Jones and Stephen Weiss. Our research is focused on bio-behavioral interventions designed to promote HIV risk reduction and medication adherence in Sub-Saharan African, South American and the United States, as well as identifying factors associated with optimal health outcomes among individuals living with HIV.
Undergraduate students interested in volunteering as research assistants are sought to assist with:
1. Interview review. Study data is from interview audio files of clinic staff in Zambia for an implementation science study on male circumcision across four Zambian provinces.
2. Literature reviews. Literature reviews are needed on various topics related to HIV.
After transcript and literature reviews are completed, the students would have the opportunity to coauthor a paper on a related topic. Ideal individuals are those willing to commit to a minimum of 5 hours per week.

Research Assistant, University of Miami, Department Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS)
Research Mentor: Villy Dourafalou, Ph.D.
Research lab description
The “Coastal and Shelf Modeling” group at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science performs cutting edge environmental research in the field of oceanography, specializing in ocean prediction. Students learn skills in computer analysis, forecasting and public outreach. Examples include forecasting of circulation and oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico, support of hurricane prediction and fisheries management. The group engages with the public through lectures in science cafe format, videos and social media.

Job description summary
October-December 2016: oceanography outreach
_work with the Coastalmodeling research group at the Univ. of Miami/RSMAS: http://coastalmodeling.rsmas.miami.edu/
_select basic research results that can be communicated to the general public and high school students, design and carry out related outreach activities.

Job description details
Work with the Coastalmodeling research group to: a) select research highlights that are of mutual interest (ie can be potentially beneficiary to the applicant students to enhance their educational experience at UM); b) engage with the research group to understand the research results at a level that they can then communicate selected research highlights to the public.
The applicants should demonstrate interest in public outreach and ability to communicate ideas in a clear manner. They should be interested in learning science results. Skills in communications and interest in environmental science (especially Earth Sciences) are highly desirable. Prior knowledge in environmental science is not necessary, but preference will be given to students who are pursuing degrees in science, communication or education.
Training will be provided to understand the group’s research in the Gulf of Mexico and learn methods to produce short videos on selected topics. The students will be responsible to carry out specific tasks for public outreach, to disseminate highlights of scientific results. Examples are to help create videos, press release material and/or communications through social media, as well as make classroom presentations to high school students.

Research Assistant, University of Miami, Department of Political Science
Research Mentor: Casey Klofstad, Ph.D.
“I have need for two undergraduate RAs this year, $10/hour. Experience is required in archival research on the web, Excel, and the ability to learn new computer programs (in this case an acoustic analysis software package). The specific topic of the research project is the see whether leaders with lower pitched voices are better leaders. We have already shown that voters prefer leaders with lower voices, but we do not know whether this bias leads us to select better leaders.”

Research Assistant, University of Miami, Division of Cognitive Disorders
“The Division of Cognitive Disorders has an exciting opportunity for a Volunteer Part-Time Bilingual Research Assistant (English / Spanish) to join a very active clinical research study for 1 YEAR. The Volunteer Research Assistant will work closely with other members of the research team including the research coordinator, exercise physiologist, exercise trainers and with research participants. The ideal candidate will be able to commit a minimum of one year to working in the research group. Primary responsibilities are as follows: Acquire an understanding of the research program and the details of the research project. Assist the exercise trainers in administering an exercise training program and cognitive training program to research participants. Assist the research coordinator in study recruitment and enrollment. Collecting research data, including the performance of study procedures, completion and scanning of source documents, and data entry. Maintaining communication with study participants in-between study visits. Participate in patient/community outreach activities. Perform general clerical (e.g. filing) and other duties as assigned by the principal investigator.

The minimum qualifications for this position are as follows: High school diploma or equivalent education and one year of relevant work experience. Ongoing or completed bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, exercise science, exercise physiology or related field is preferred. Ability to work independently while functioning effectively within a team environment. Excellent attention to detail. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Bilingual (English/Spanish) is preferred. Any appropriate combination of relevant education, certification(s) and/or work experience may be considered. This is a volunteer position and is unpaid. Exercise training sessions are held on the 9th floor Medical Wellness Center at the Clinical Research Building, Miller School of Medicine (1120 NW 14 St, Miami, FL 33136).  Please send your CV or any questions to Barbara Junco bxj107@med.miami.edu if you are interested in applying.“

Research Assistant, University of Miami, Department of Clinical Psychology
Contact: Ruth Bernstein, M.S.
The Child Health Lab conducts research focused on child and family adaptation to chronic illness, including adherence to medical regimens and family interventions to improve disease management. We focus on the development of measures of health-related quality of life, adherence, and family functioning. We also study the effects of childhood deafness on visual attention and outcomes of cochlear implants on children’s cognitive, behavioral, and social development. Pediatric populations include children with cochlear implants, cystic fibrosis, and other rare pulmonary diseases.
We are looking for volunteers to assist with data entry, coding, and management. We require at least a 2-semester commitment, as well as at least 6 hours weekly in the lab. Volunteers must have a 3.3 GPA or above to join. Volunteers work on numerous projects, which allows for exposure to multiple types of research. Please see quittnerlab.com for more specific information about our ongoing studies.
We are additionally looking for 1-2 volunteers to work on a specific project. Undergraduate research responsibilities would include literature reviews, data entry and/or review, and assistance with management and review of social media recruitment postings for the ROSES project. Other miscellaneous tasks may depend on the skill set of the student, which could include Photoshop and designing of online data collection tools with Qualtrics and FileMaker.

Research Assistant, University of Miami, Department of Political Science
Research Mentor: Cole D. Taratoot, Ph.D.
” I have an ongoing research project for which I am looking for an assistant(s). My research is broadly based in public law with a specialty in administrative law. More specifically, I study the decision making behavior of administrative law judges (ALJs) to determine to what degree the personal political preferences of judges influence decision making across a variety of agencies. I characterized my research as ongoing as my ultimate goal is to develop a database of ALJ decisions and biographical information for other researchers. Thus far, I have published work on the NLRB, EPA, and FCC, but am looking to move forward to other agencies. A student researcher would be valuable for assisting with the coding of data, which would involve reading these judicial decisions. I have worked with undergraduate students in the past and many have found the work quite rewarding and to be a valuable learning tool outside the classroom.”

Research Assistant, University of Miami, El Centro
The Center for Health Disparities Research: El Centro is hiring a student assistant. El Centro works to reduce health disparities in minority populations by conducting research, by training and educating the next generation of health disparities researchers and through community partnerships. 
The student will assist with all 3 of the El Centro cores (Research Core, Research Training and Education Core, and Community Engagement, Dissemination and Implementation Core) with a variety of administrative and research-related tasks.  Some tasks will be specific to each Core while others will be across cores.
Tasks for the Research Core will include:
• updating Reference Works (a citation management system) for the School
• work on a library of measures for researchers (locating publications), identifying constructs, etc.
• publication bulletin board updates
• other assignments as needed
Tasks for the Community Engagement, Dissemination and Implementation Core will include:
• assisting with the yearly update of the Health Disparities and Community Engagement Directory
• assisting with community event planning
• coordinating check in and out of health fair toolkits and supplies
• organizing files
• gather information on community resources for faculty
Tasks for the Research Training & Education Core will include:
• Assist with the planning of training events for students and faculty
• Collection of evaluations for training events
• Updating the El Centro student blackboard as needed
• Recruitment of research assistants/volunteers for research training programs
• Coordinate interviews for potential volunteers
• Assist potential volunteers with the onboarding process required by the university
Cross Core Activities will include:
• data collection and entry for different health disparities research studies
• assisting with photographing and videotaping
• collection of evaluations for events and activities
• health disparities literature searches and reviews
• help with gathering information for El Centro publication initiatives
Please see below for a list of eligibility requirements.
The student assistant may have the opportunity to be involved in publications and presentations. See below for a list of requirements.

1. Committed to working for the full academic year (08/22/2016 – 05/01/2017)
2. Available to work 15-20 hours per week during business hours (9am-5pm Monday-Friday)
3. Undergraduate students only
4. 3.0 GPA or higher
5. Junior standing or above preferred.
6. Bilingual (English and Spanish) preferred but not required
7. Federal work study award preferred but not required
8. Experience with literature searches/reviews preferred

If interested in the position, please send a cover letter and resume to John Salerno at
J.Salerno1@med.miami.edu , as well as your availability to work for the fall semester.

Research Assistant, University of Miami, Department of Psychology
Research Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Simpson

Student volunteer needed in the Social Cognition Lab (http://www.psy.miami.edu/scl/) to assist with behavioral coding from videos, data organization/analysis, and participant recruitment.  Previous research experience is desired but not required.  Students must commit to working 9 hours per week, including weekly required lab meetings. We require a minimum commitment of one year.

Research Assistant, University of Miami, Department of Civil, Arch. & Environ. Engineering
Research Mentor: Dr. Sung Hee Joo

New Project for Spring 2016 and ongoing for Summer 2016:

Dr. Joo (CAE Dept. at UM) is seeking highly motivated undergraduate students to perform research in the area of fate, bioavailability, exposure pathways and toxicity assessment of nanomaterials; environmental nanotechnology (i.e., applications of nanomaterials for degradation of contaminants) in collaboration with the U.S. EPA and the School of Medicine at UM. Selected students will be placed in the Dr. Joo’s Nanotech Lab and US EPA during summer 2016 (paid by EPA).

The selected students are expected to work with Dr. Joo’s current group members (both undergraduate research assistants and graduate students). Interested, dedicated, and qualified candidates should apply online at www.miami.edu/ugr and indicate this project as your area of interest to be referred.

Ongoing Research:
Environmental Nanotechnology Projects (all require a minimum of one year commitment):

1. Physical-chemical properties of metal oxides in consumer products: Physical-chemical properties of metal oxides (TiO2, ZnO) used in consumer products (sunscreens) are investigated and the effect of contaminants on metal oxide nanoparticles in sunscreens will be studied. Various factors such as pH, the presence of organic matter, and oxidants attribute to aggregation property, which influences toxicity. The research findings could assist toxicological evaluation of metal oxides residuals due to potential effect of mutation of cells.

2. Fate and transport of nanoparticles in the environment: This project are to quantify fate of nanoparticles (NPs) in aquifers under various environmental factors, determine governing factors on changes in transport properties/behavior of NPs, and assess the impact of hydrodynamic conditions, natural organic matter, ionic strength on the fate of NPs residues.

3. Transformation of aquatic organisms by uptake of nanoparticles: This project involves investigating transformation mechanism using novel approaches, effect of adsorbed ENPs on algae in the absence and presence of contaminants,  influence of aggregation on ecotoxicity of ENPs to algae, effect of ROS production on algae under dark and sunlight conditions, and bioavailability of ENPs in different types of water.

4. Application of green nano-catalysts for degradation of emerging organic contaminants : This research includes developing variety of synthesis methods of nanoparticles using greener approaches, environmentally benign reducing as well as capping agents, lab bench/column studies based on lab treatability work plan, evaluating technology viability and factors affecting effectiveness of nanomaterials, and determining pollutant removal efficiency, delineating mechanism. Results from this work will aid in the fundamental understanding of how these useful nanoparticles behave in real environmental conditions.

5. Advanced oxidation technology for the degradation of EOCs: Advanced oxidation technology such as Fenton reaction or modified Fenton process is used for degrading recalcitrant organics. This project entails investigating degradation of emerging contaminants of concern (i.e. EOCs) and identifying transformation mechanism responsible for the treatment of emerging organic contaminants

6. Application of membrane technologies for water reuse: Membrane technology has been widely as advanced wastewater treatment and reuse. This project aims to develop and apply novel adsorbed and biocide nanomaterials to membranes, evaluate the technology viability vs. conventional treatment, and demonstrate efficient disinfection with minimum disinfection byproducts formation. The work includes qualitative and quantitative determination of DBPs formed from the new treatment technology at typical treatment conditions and pilot-testing / field study applying the treatment option.

Research Assistant, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Medicine
Research Mentor: Dr. Erin Marcus

Student volunteer needed to develop educational tools for patients.  Background in film making and web design desired. 

Research Assistants, University of Miami School of Engineering Click here for School of Engineering Research Opportunities To apply, complete our online application and indicate your position of interest in the “Research Areas of Interest” section of the application.

If interested in applying to any of the above research opportunities, apply online and indicate the position of interest in the Research Interests area of the online application.  Please note these are not the only positions available, these are positions that our office has been asked to advertise. For a full list of UM’s research mentors, visit our Research Profiles site.  To view a partial list of our current mentors and their projects, visit the Undergraduate Research Mentors by Area (A - H) or the Undergraduate Research Mentors by Area (L-Z) pages.