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We are actively recruiting new undergraduate members.
Thank you for your interest in joining PJC4LYFE. We believe the opportunities offered are highly valuable in helping students with relatively minimal experience develop into seasoned researchers with an appreciation for polymer and materials science.
What you can expect: Your application will be reviewed by PJC and then discussed with group members. If offered a position, you’ll join the crew and be paired with a mentor. Preliminary responsibilities will be evaluating scientific literature and acquisition of general polymer chemistry knowledge. After basic fundamentals have been evaluated (by all current group members), individuals will being in-person lab work. First, acting as a “shadow” with an established member to learn basic experimental techniques (including aerobic, anaerobic, cryogenic and anhydrous conditions), new members will get comfortable with basic operating procedures. Next, acting as a “minion”, previously established protocols will be repeated to aid in project advancement. Subsequently, members will become “soldiers” and begin to contribute new scientific discoveries to existing projects. Finally, individuals will become “generals” and be responsible for the training and mentoring of new members. They will be involved in project management and eligible to answer new scientific questions. All group members are expected to contribute to data collect and analysis, including proposals, publications and presentations.
Our expectations: Group members are expected to operate by existing PJC4LYFE guidelines and Code of Conduct, which will be discussed upon official enrollment. If you are accepted, you will need to register for a research course (e.g., CHEM 201/401) worth 2 units. New lab members are required to undergo safety training prior to starting in the laboratory. Research is not a 9-5 job and as such work commitments vary and will be discussed in detail upon enrollment.
If you think PJC4LYFE is the right fit for you, please reach out and we can chat.
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