The Quinn Lab is always interested in discussing research opportunities with highly motivated individuals seeking postdoctoral and graduate student positions. Applicants are encouraged to email Dr. Quinn directly in addition to formally applying to a research program or open position. See below for specific information regarding training opportunities for different academic backgrounds.
Lab Manager / Research Assistant:
We are seeking an individual interested in assisting with the day-to-day management of the lab’s resources and research program. Applicants should possess a B.S. or M.S. in the life sciences, engineering, or physics. Individuals with a background in microscopy, optics, MATLAB programming, biochemistry, animal models of wound healing, or quantitative image analysis are highly desirable. Effective communication and organizational skills are critical, and the individual should have an ability to coordinate multiple projects and work independently in a collaborative environment.
The job duties will depend on the candidate’s experience and interest, as well as the needs of the lab. Specific duties may include: assisting with various research projects, providing assistance in lab operations planning, establishing lab protocols, training personnel on various wet lab and microscopy techniques, ordering equipment and supplies, maintaining key lab resources, and assisting with outreach activities.
Interested candidates should contact Dr. Quinn by email, describing their interests and attaching their resume/CV.
Prospective Postdoctoral Fellows:
Individuals seeking postdoctoral research positions are encouraged to contact the Quinn Lab. Potential research projects include the development of optical biomarkers to characterize chronic wounds, understanding age-related changes in cell metabolism, and the evaluation of wound healing therapies through preclinical animal models.
We are particularly interested in discussing potential opportunities with individuals that have an established background in one of the following areas:
- Biomedical optics: Individuals with experience in the design and use of tabletop optical devices is desired. Experiences building and/or maintaining a laser scanning microscope and a background in time correlated single photon counting are preferred. Individuals should have knowledge of confocal and non-linear optical microscopy and a comfort level with computer-controlled instrumentation. Expertise in programming for image acquisition and analysis is highly desirable.
- Animal models of wound healing: Experience with in vivo surgeries, animal handling and care is necessary. Individuals with experience using diabetic rodent models are preferred. Familiarity with histology, immunohistochemistry, PCR, and cell culture protocols is highly desirable.
Effective communications skills are critical, and the individual should have an ability to coordinate multiple projects and work independently in a collaborative environment. Interested candidates should send an email to Dr. Kyle Quinn (kpquinn AT uark.edu) detailing their research interests and background, their CV, and copies of up to three representative first author publications.
Prospective Graduate Students:
Graduate student positions are available in the Quinn Lab to work on a multi-disciplinary project in the fields of biomedical optics and wound healing. Using two-photon excited fluorescence and second harmonic generation imaging, changes in cell metabolism and collagen organization can be quantified in live tissues. We are looking for PhD students to help develop non-invasive, label-free optical biomarkers based on these imaging technologies for the early detection of chronic wounds. Through this project, the student will obtain training in biomedical optics, image processing, in vitro tissue culture, and live animal surgeries. Additional research efforts include the integration of multi-photon imaging and mechanical testing to evaluate structure-function relationships during cutaneous scar remodeling.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the project, exceptional candidates from a wide range of backgrounds will be considered including those individuals with a B.S. or M.S. in biomedical engineering, other related engineering disciplines, physics, and biology.
Applicants must have a strong academic record. Experience using Matlab for image analysis is highly desirable, and students with backgrounds in cell culture, animal handling, and/or microscopy are encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates should send an email detailing their research interests and background, as well as a CV (with GPA and GRE scores) to Dr. Kyle Quinn (kpquinn AT uark.edu). For application instructions and a description of the Ph.D. program in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, please visit the Department website.
Prospective Undergraduate Research Assistants:
Undergraduates interested in volunteering in the lab, conducting research for credit, or seeking to complete their honors thesis/project are welcome to contact the Quinn Lab. We are particularly interested in self-motivated, independent individuals, with a long-term interest in biomedical research and familiarity using Matlab. Interested students should contact Dr. Quinn (kpquinn AT uark.edu) with 2-3 paragraphs detailing:
- Your name
- Major, GPA, expected graduation
- Your interest in our lab
- Any specific research interests or ideas
- Your career goals
- Any background in MATLAB or other programming languages
- Your availability in the lab