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Research Experience for Undergraduates (Summer 2015)

Research Experience for Undergraduates (Summer 2015)

The Beckstein Lab offers a ten-week research program in computational biophysics for a highly motivated undergraduate student. The student will carry out computer simulations in the field of membrane protein and membrane biophysics. They will also analyze their data and learn to write their own analysis tools in the popular Python programming language.

Students will receive a $5000 stipend plus an allowance for travel, on-campus housing and a meal plan for this ten-week program. The desired starting date is June 1, 2015 and end date is Aug 7, 2015. This full time research experience includes work in the lab with a faculty and PhD student mentor

The program is part of the SPIDAL project and funded through an NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) grant.

A successful candidate must be able to provide proof that they are eligible to work in the United States.

Required qualifications

  • Candidates must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree in Physics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology or related science.
  • 2015/2016 will be their junior or senior year.
  • They must demonstrate some experience with
    • using computation to solve a problem in physics, chemistry or biology or related areas and
    • a basic understanding of statistical physics.

Desired qualifications

Demonstrated experience with

  • Linux/UNIX,
  • use of a molecular dynamics simulation package such as Gromacs, NAMD, Amber or CHARMM,
  • programming in Python/Cython (including parallel programming and programming on GPUs),
  • analysis of MD simulations (especially using the MDAnalysis library).
  • Familiarity with membrane biophysics and membrane proteins.

How to apply

Submit the following by May 31, 2015:

  1. CV
  2. a 1-page essay describing your motivation, your qualification, and how the research experience will benefit your future career
  3. unofficial transcripts
  4. one letter of reference

With identical qualifications, under-represented groups in STEM subjects will be preferentially selected.

Incomplete applications will receive low priority and may be ignored.

ASU Students

Apply through the job posting on the ASU website (you must be logged in with your ASURITE ID).

  1. click search on campus jobs
  2. click search openings
  3. Enter requisition ID and Search: 13967BR

Upload the application materials as a single PDF file in the order stated above. Your letter of reference may be sent separately but in your application you should say who is sending your letter of reference.

Students from elsewhere in the U.S.

If you are not at Arizona State University, please send the application materials as a single PDF file in the order stated above in a single email with subject REU Application to Dr Oliver Beckstein,

Your letter of reference may be sent separately but in your application email you should say who is sending your letter of reference.

Discuss: “Research Experience for Undergraduates (Summer 2015)”

May 08, 2015 at 11:42 am #

If you have questions please use the comment feature here or if they are of a confidential nature, email the PI .

Posted by  Oliver Beckstein
May 21, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

I have a question regarding the qualification: 2015/2016 will be their junior or senior year. Does the slash in this context mean “or” or is it referring to the academic year 2015 to 2016? I am interested in this opportunity but I will be a sophomore during this time. Am I qualified?
Thank you,
Lydia Sakala

Posted by  Lydia Sakala
May 21, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

Hi Lydia,

“2015/2016” means the next academic year (that starts in Fall 2015).

If you just passed your freshman year then you are unlikely to have the required background yet. However, if you feel that you have all the other required qualifications (perhaps this your second degree) then please submit an application and explain in your essay how you meet the requirements.

Best wishes,
Oliver Beckstein

Posted by  Oliver Beckstein
May 21, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

Thank you.

Posted by  Lydia Sakala
May 22, 2015 at 10:09 am #

Good morning,

Is the lab located at ASU?

Thanks for your time,

Jessica Kemper

Posted by  Jessica Kemper
May 22, 2015 at 11:28 am #

Hi Jessica,

The lab is located at ASU in the Department of Physics (for details, see the map under Contact).

If you do not have accommodation in the area you will get a room in a student residence at no cost. You will also get a paid-for ASU meal plan for the whole 10 weeks.

Oliver Beckstein

Posted by  Oliver Beckstein
May 26, 2015 at 11:21 am #

I just got around to the email I received regarding this opportunity? Are you still looking for a qualified candidate and accepting applications?

Posted by  David Abner
May 26, 2015 at 11:32 am #


The application is still open – please apply.

Oliver Beckstein

Posted by  Oliver Beckstein

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