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Open Positions
We currently do not have any job openings. Please see below for information on joining the lab as a student or postdoctoral researcher.

Postdoctoral Research
We currently have openings for postdoctoral trainees who are recent Ph.D. graduates seeking to develop into independent researchers. Qualifications include a track record of publications and graduate training in biochemistry, biophysics, microbial genetics, physiology, or bioinformatics. Postdoctoral researchers are expected to be critical thinkers and diligent experimentalists, to have good writing and speaking skills (or the potential to develop these skills), and to assist in training of graduate and undergraduate researchers. Past postdoctoral researchers have gone on to faculty positions at research universities and research positions in biotechnology companies.

Graduate Research
Graduate students are the foundation of our research program (see Lab Members). Dr. Landick is a member of five Ph.D. training programs at UW that admit students in different areas of specialization: Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB), Biophysics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Microbiology. Students seeking to join the lab as graduate students must first be admitted to one of these programs and complete a research rotation. Each program has a different focus and students are encouraged to apply for all that are appropriate for their background and goals. Graduate students from other institutions (including international graduate students) occasionally visit the lab to conduct collaborative research, and are encouraged to contact Dr. Landick to inquire about this possibility.

Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin with an interest in research on RNA polymerase or transcriptional regulation are encouraged to contact Dr. Landick about the possibility of undergraduate research. We rarely accept students later than their junior year and prefer that students join the lab as freshmen or sophmores, so that they will have time to complete a research project before graduation. Previous lab experience is not necessary, but successful candidates for undergraduate research will have aptitude for benchwork, ability to sustain intellectual focus on an complicated problem, and ability to learn and perform new methods accurately. Undergraduate researchers must have a strong academic track record in math and chemistry and be eager to learn experimental science. Students wishing to apply for undergraduate research in the lab should provide a cover letter stating their reasons, a resume of past education and experience, and an up-to-date undergraduate transcript. Undergraduate resarchers will receive academic credit based on the formula of 1 credit per 4 hours per week in lab and must submit a written report of their research each semester. Limited summer research opportunities are available. Students are encouraged to apply for summer fellowship funding from the Graduate School (Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship), CALS, L&S and the Department of Biochemistry (Mary Shine Peterson Award). Fellowship deadlines vary; applications are the responsibility of the student.