Join Our Lab

We are working to build a vibrant, collaborative research environment in the Iyer Lab.

Available roles and application instructions are detailed in the sections below.

Research Technician

We are currently seeking a research technician to join our research group. The position is open immediately with a start date in January 2023.

The selected candidate will work closely with the PI, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate lab members to ensure research operations proceed seamlessly. This will involve performing a variety of technical, administrative, and supervisory tasks, while working collaboratively on projects related to characterizing cells developed in the lab. Depending on career goals and research needs, the candidate may also be asked to perform experiments, keep meticulous notes, and analyze and present results.

Requirements:

  • A BS in a scientific field such as biomedical engineering, biology, neuroscience, or related areas

  • Experience with wet-lab techniques including DNA/RNA isolation, quantitative real-time PCR, immunocytochemistry and mammalian cell culture is preferred but not required. A desire to learn and grow is essential!

  • Motivation, initiative, integrity, and the ability to work independently and within a team

  • A positive attitude and strong interpersonal skills, willing to interface with all lab members but also with facilities and administrative staff

  • Exceptional organizational and documentation skills, with proficiency in the use of common software platforms including Microsoft Office, Google Suite, etc.

  • Occasional weekend or evening flexibility may be required

If interested in the position, please send Dr. Iyer an email entitled "Research Technician Position" with a CV and cover letter. The short cover letter should detail (1) why you are interested in our lab, (2) your short- and long-term career goals, and (3) how you would support an inclusive environment inside and outside the lab. Please also include your CV summarizing past academic, professional and research experience along with the names of two potential references.


Graduate Students

We expect to recruit 2-3 graduate students between the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 academic years. Interested MS students must plan to complete a thesis. Particular projects and expectations are aligned with funding and student goals.

We currently recruit students through the Tufts Biomedical Engineering Department, but welcome students from the Tufts Medical School Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences programs including Neuroscience and Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology. Prospective graduate students should formally apply to the appropriate degree-granting programs for admission to Tufts.

If you are a prospective graduate student who would like to join or rotate through our laboratory, please send Dr. Iyer an email expressing your interest with a CV and cover letter. The short cover letter should detail (1) your research interests, (2) your short- and long-term career goals, (3) why you are interested in our laboratory, and (4) potential projects you'd like to work on. Please also include your CV summarizing past academic, professional and research experience along with the names of two potential references.

Postdoctoral Scholars

We are actively seeking a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in spinal cord injury and cell transplantation, with a start date as early as January 2023.

Requirements:

  • A PhD in a scientific field such as biomedical engineering, biology, neuroscience, or related areas

  • Experience with planning and implementing in vivo spinal cord injury research, including rodent care, surgery, immunohistology, and relevant quantitative analyses. Experience with cell transplantation and mammalian cell culture are preferred but not required

  • Ability to act independently when writing and submitting manuscripts, and contribute to grant applications as pertinent to career goals

  • Cultural competency and willingness to mentor junior lab members

If you would like to join our lab as a postdoctoral scholar, please send Dr. Iyer an email expressing your interest with a CV and cover letter. The short cover letter should detail (1) a brief summary of your doctoral research, (2) why you are interested in our laboratory, (3) potential projects you'd like to work on, and (4) your short- and long-term career goal. Please also include your CV summarizing past academic, professional and research experience along with the names of three potential references.

Though we are targeted in our search for postdocs at this time, we welcome inquiries from applicants from a broad variety of backgrounds. In particular, senior graduate students interested in transitional postdoctoral fellowships, including NIH-funded F32 fellowships through NINDS, are encouraged to contact Dr. Iyer as early as possible to discuss potential applications to meet eligibility guidelines. Prospective postdocs interested in academic careers are also strongly encouraged to apply for the Tufts IRACDA Program, which provides financial and structured professional support to help participants launch an independent research program.

Undergraduate Students

We are not currently accepting undergraduates interested in research experiences yet, but watch this space for Spring 2023.