Project Description: The Fukami Lab at Stanford University studies community ecology and the mechanisms which influence community assembly patterns across numerous ecosystems, including microbial (bacteria and fungi) communities within floral nectar. The lab is currently seeking two undergraduate research assistants for the 2019 fall quarter (September – December) to help with a research project investigating the effects of evolution on the strength of species interactions in nectar-inhabiting microbial communities.
The project duties will consist of:
• Laboratory work, including but not limited to, autoclaving, preparation of growth media, sterile culture techniques, and microbial microcosm experiments.
• Students can expect opportunities for professional development from this research experience. This is a great opportunity for students without prior laboratory experience.
All research will take place on Stanford Main Campus in the Bass Biology Building.
Qualifications: No prior experience working in a laboratory and/or conducting field research is necessary; all training will be included in the position. A positive attitude, enthusiasm to learn, and attention to detail are the most important qualities in potential applicants. Training and supervision of the undergraduate research assistant will be provided primarily by a graduate student researcher overseeing the project.
Requirements: Applicants should be available for the entire duration of the project between mid-September and December 2019 with flexible start/end dates. The student should expect to devote 5-15 hours per week to the project. Besides being able to work at least 4 consecutive hours at least once per week, scheduling can be flexible based on students’ needs. Students must be eligible for Federal Work Study.
Support: Eligible students will receive financial support via Federal Work Study.