CPLC Undergraduate Research Positions

Qualified applicants are invited to fill several undergraduate research opportunities in experimental and theoretical biophysics in the Center for the Physics of Living Cells (CPLC), a National Science Foundation Physics Frontier Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


The mission of the CPLC is to catalyze new research directions in the study of the simplest living systems, connecting the microscopic physical-chemical reactions in the cell to the system-level properties. Through major advances in single-molecule manipulation techniques, live cell imaging, and mathematical as well as computational methods, we expect this combined endeavor to culminate in a truly quantitative physical picture for the fundamental processes at the core of life.

Job description

Research in the Center falls into four themes:
(1) Single-molecule biophysics at the molecular-cellular interface;
(2) Maximizing information content of single cell experiments;
(3) Collective dynamics: from cell-cell interaction to multicellular organisms;
(4) Increasing biological realism in theory and computation.

Research will involve both the development and improvement of experimental and computational techniques and the application of these techniques to particular biological processes such as replication, transcription, translation, cell transport, cellular mechanics signaling, and motility.


Candidates must be sophomores or juniors currently attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and be enrolled in the physical sciences, life sciences, or related disciplines. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required for this position. CPLC undergraduate research positions will begin in January 2015. Students chosen to fill the position will receive course credit for the spring semester through Physics 497 independent study, and will be paid for summer 2015.

The University of Illinois is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and welcomes applications from minority and women candidates.

How to apply

Applications for this position may be submitted electronically via http://go.physics.illinois.edu/Undergraduate_Research_Position Applications received after the deadline may not be considered.

These applications should include, in PDF format:
(1) A statement of purpose not to exceed one page summarizing your interest and research goals.
(2) A curriculum vitae including three professional references with contact information
(3) An official academic transcript.

Questions can be directed to: director@cplc.illinois.edu