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Devices for Controlling Fruit Fly Brain Activity and Behavior
Job Category:   Intern
Unit:   School of Natural Sciences
Position Code:   TNS7013A
Status:   Closed
Number of positions open:   1
Hours per week:   up to 18
Closing Date:   10/30/2016
Salary:   $15.00
Location:   Campus Site

Internship is available to develop tools for computer-aided control of animal behavior. The intern will develop skills in device engineering (Arduino-based), computer aided device control, and biological application of these skills (optogenetics). Students will have the opportunity to learn modern behavioral genetics. Background in engineering and algorithmic programming is important, and an interest in the biological basis of animal behavior is helpful.

Undergraduate Student Intern Participation Requirements:

a. Build a device for computer controlled illumination and filming of behaving fruit flies

b. Program an arduino chip to control LED and camera for activating neurons in behaving flies

c. Work with behavioral geneticists to design biological experiments

Qualifications:   •GPA requirement 3.0 or above.
•Students must have been enrolled for at least one semester at the time of application.
•Students must be in good standing academically and in terms of conduct before and during the internship.
•Devote 10 to 18 hours per week to working for host unit for both fall and spring semesters.
•Fulfill internship contract requirements and learning agreement.

Other skills or experience required:

Computer programming and fundamentals of electronics are required. Interest in animal behavior and biology helps
To Apply:   Apply on-line

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

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    The University of California at Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff and students.
For more information:   Contact: Frederick Wolf, Assistant Professor at fwolf@ucmerced.edu

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