Undergraduate Opportunities

Research Opportunities

There are many opportunities for students to carry out research in the laboratory of a faculty member in MCDB. A broad spectrum of state-of-the-art research activities is performed at Yale in the MCDB department and in related departments including the Yale School Medicine. This research is in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, neurobiology, physiology, computational plant sciences biology, and evolution. All interested students are encouraged to participate in research.

Fellowships & Educational Opportunities

Scientific Commercialization Program - Tsai CITY

The Scientific Commercialization Program is a semester-long co-curricular experience from Tsai CITY with the goal of showing students how scientists translate their research from the lab to the marketplace. Multiple groups of students from across all Yale Schools will be partnered with research faculty to identify the intellectual property (IP) from their labs that would be primed for commercialization through the creation of a startup or out-licensing to industry. Once promising IP is identified, the student team will produce a report/presentation that outlines the recommended path to commercialization using the knowledge and skills gained through our program’s educational modules and speaker events. At the end of the program, students, faculty, guest speakers, and staff who’ve participated in SCP will gather at a symposium to present their work. This is a great opportunity for STEM students wishing to explore the translation and real-world application of scientific research. 

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Remote Summer Volunteer Opportunity

Looking for a fun volunteer opportunity? Teach a course with connectinplace.org, where college students teach free courses ranging from “The Art of Thinking Like a Computer” to “Minecraft: Intro to Architecture & Team Building” to “The History of Rock and Roll!” Connect in Place has taught 500+ classes to a community of 5,000+ students in 45 countries, and wants to continue making education more accessible + engaging this summer!

Apply for Summer Session 1 (June 19th - July 14th) and Session 2 (July 24th - August 18th) below.
*Interviews end April 9*

Future Leaders in Brain Injury Conference

Interested in exploring careers in neuroscience, healthcare, and research?

Want to explore a variety of medical specialties and other careers that advance care for individuals with brain injury?

Register today for Synapse National’s Future Leaders in Brain Injury Conference!

Future Leaders in Brain Injury is a free one-day virtual conference that provides opportunities for learners of all levels – from undergraduate to clinical students – to explore a variety of medical specialties and career paths focused on advancing the field of Brain Injury. Participants will hear from professionals in medicine, neuroscience, and rehabilitation specialties about their work and how the field of brain injury is growing. They will also engage in structured opportunities to network with professionals who can support them in achieving their career aspirations.

We’re hosting the conference on Saturday, April 22nd from (1-5 pm EST / 10 am - 2 pm PST) on Zoom.

Visit our website to join our mailing list for conference updates, including the registration link: https://www.synapsenational.org/conference. For questions, contact synapsenational@gmail.com.

Opportunity for SENIORS

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC), The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

The role of the Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) is to assist the Principal Investigator (PI) with several related projects that aim to detect certain pancreatic and GI tumors before they become malignant and to improve current diagnostic tests and therapies to detect cancers at an earlier stage.    

The activities of the CRC include identification and consenting of patients with suitable neoplasms, attending and collecting biological samples removed during clinical procedures, organization, processing, and analysis of relevant clinical and research data, and assistance with preparation of presentations, grant applications, and publications.  The CRC will also be responsible for coordinating and managing the daily activities of clinical trials active in the division. for more information apply here.

Postgraduate position in Translational Research

Yale Cancer Center is seeking an enthusiastic postgraduate research associate to spearhead a biorepository of cancer patients treated with immunotherapy and other novel drugs, starting May 2023. The individual will also engage in an array of basic, clinical and translational projects ongoing in the lab. The lab focuses on developing new drug regimens, finding biomarkers predictive of response to therapies and discover mechanisms of side effects.

The position includes collecting, profiling and annotating specimens. The research associate will work with the clinical team at Yale New Haven Hospital. Based on motivation and skill set, the candidate will engage in individual research project/s.

The research associate will receive training in basic laboratory skills, medical sciences, and advanced use of computer programs.

The research associate will be mentored by an assigned post-doctoral associate / medical fellow, depending on personal aspirations, and the principal investigator, on a weekly basis. Interested applicants should submit their CV to Lilach.Aizenbud@yale.edu .


A post-graduate research associate position is available at the Hoffman Lab, Child Study Center and Department of Neuroscience, Yale University, New Haven, CT USA, starting in June 2023.
The main goal of the Hoffman Lab is to gain new insights into the roles of genes associated with autism spectrum disorders at the molecular, cellular, and circuit levels to develop improved pharmacological treatments. To accomplish this, we use zebrafish CRISPR-generated mutants of autism risk genes to directly visualize the functions of these genes in the developing nervous system and to perform high throughput behavior-based screens.

1. Conduct research, working with the principal investigator to plan,
design, and perform experiments.
2. Perform high-throughput behavioral experiments and drug screens to
identify abnormal behaviors in zebrafish mutants of autism risk genes.
3. General lab maintenance, including organizing databases, placing
orders, maintaining stock solutions.
4. Assist in maintenance of zebrafish facility. Breed and genotype
zebrafish to maintain genetic lines.

1. Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences,
Neuroscience, or a related field.
2. Previous experience in basic science research.
3. Demonstrated record of academic achievement.
4. Enthusiastic, highly motivated, excellent organizational skills.

To apply: Candidates should send the following to Dr. Ellen Hoffman
1. A cover letter describing interest in the position.
2. CV.
3. Unofficial transcript.
4. Two letters of recommendation.
More information about the laboratory can be found at: www.hoffmanlab.net.

Job Opportunities



Will consider waiting until June 2023 for the right candidate

Job Summary

The Sabri Ülker Center (Hotamışlıgil Laboratory) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is engaged in researching non-communicable diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, which are responsible for over two-thirds of deaths worldwide. The risk of contracting these diseases is affected by genetic as well and lifestyle and environmental factors. The Center conducts pioneering research into the causes underlying these complex human disorders. Our studies aim to transform our understanding of wellness and disease and will help us develop novel approaches to address the major challenges to global public health. We are organized as a single, collegial laboratory, with multiple projects. We are expanding our research capabilities in response to demand for our particular expertise. www.gsh.sph.harvard.edu

Position Description We are seeking a Research Assistant I Lab (RA) who is enthusiastic and excited about the work we do in our lab, and who wants to make a strong scientific contribution to our research. The RA will have the opportunity to learn techniques in molecular biology, protein and RNA purification and analysis, mammalian tissue culture, biochemical assays, immunostaining and microscopy, under supervision and direction of other lab members, and will also follow up experiments by organizing, processing and reporting data. Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Perform molecular biology experiments including PCR, Western blots, gel electrophoresis, enzyme immunoassays and spectrophotometry

Maintain cell cultures and perform cell culture experiments

Analyze, interpret, and report data

Participate and intellectually contribute to lab meetings, journal clubs, and data discussions

Maintain mouse colonies (including breeding and genotyping), perform mouse metabolic physiology experiments, and process mouse blood and tissue samples for protein and RNA analysis

Basic Qualifications

1+ year of relevant experience required; a combination of education and experience may be considered

Preferred Additional Qualifications and Skills

The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent training and experience

Two or more years’ experience in a molecular biology laboratory at the bench

Exposure to or experience in basic molecular and cellular biology techniques strongly preferred

Understanding of the necessity for proper handling of pre-published confidential research data

Demonstrated high level of initiative and motivation

Experience working independently and with a team

Proven excellence in communication, organization, time management, and record-keeping skills

Strong organizational skills

The following cultural competencies are also preferred:

Awareness of and aptitude to understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments appropriately and effectively

Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion

Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity

Physical Requirements

Lifting 25 pounds, climbing a three-step ladder, and handling live mice

Additional Information

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:

Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee’s start date.

Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.

Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.

Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard& soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services.


Yale Pathways Summer Scholars Programs

The Yale Pathways Summer Scholars Programs bring over 150 local New Haven high school students to campus to take part in STEM, Arts, and Humanities classes with Yale faculty members for two 2-week sessions (June 21-July 7 in Arts & Humanities; July 5-21 in STEM). Local high school students will have opportunities to learn about art-making, art history, archiving at the Beinecke, coding, neuroscience, engineering, college essay writing, and more. 

We are seeking Yale undergraduate and graduate students to serve as Teaching Assistants and Program Coordinators who provide mentorship to high school students, plan activities, aid instructors as teaching assistants, help with logistical needs of the program, and supervise students. There are 2-week and 5-week teaching assistant opportunities, 2-week residential teaching assistant positions, and opportunities to work on logistical planning leading up to the program dates, if interested. To see the closing video for the STEM program, go to https://onha.yale.edu/Scholar22Video.

Students must be available to work one or both sessions: June 21-July 7 (Arts) or July 5-July 21 (STEM), with an opportunity to work on logistical preparation before and after program dates. Teaching Assistant hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm. Part time positions are available. The position requires maturity, energy, enthusiasm, a genuine interest in young people, good organizational skills, and a sense of humor. Previous work with youth is preferred but not required. Content knowledge in arts and/or STEM areas is not required.

For more information and to apply, search “Pathways” on at http://www.yalestudentjobs.org