Students & Postdocs


Dr. Brown is currently recruiting!

We are looking for new undergraduate researchers, graduate students, and postdocs.

If you are interested in what we do, want to gain wonderful training, and have skills and a commitment to learning, we would love you to join us!

Please see the opportunities below and contact me.

Undergraduate Students

  • undergraduates interested in trying research for the first time
  • undergraduates looking for advanced training that will help in finding future work in fields such as medicine, medical research, agriculture, bioinformatics, microbiology
  • undergraduates wanting training to lead to graduate school application

To apply, contact me and please prepare to discuss  your interests and experiences as they pertain to our lab. Also consider seeking funding opportunities, e.g. through NSF (National Science Foundation). If you qualify, we can discuss how I can help you apply for such a fellowship.

Graduate Students

  • prospective Master’s or PhD students: completed or soon to complete an undergraduate program or Master’s program in the US or elsewhere.

To apply, send me (1) your resume or CV, (2) a statement of interests describing your skills, knowledge, and research/career direction (maximum 1-page), (3) contact information for 2-3 people who I might contact as references who can speak to your academic skill, (4) your GPA and/or GRE scores, as appropriate.

While RA funding is available for summer research and teaching assistantship (TA) funding is often available for the rest of the year, all applicants are also strongly encouraged to seek their own funding though other sources. See a few examples below. Please also search carefully for other opportunities that apply to your unique background:
NSF Graduate Fellowships
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (DOD)
EPA STAR Fellowship
American Association of University Women
Hertz Foundation
National Academies Fellowship Office (for minorities)
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
Others from other nations, for international students

I will assist with your funding application process, whenever I can.


To apply, send (1) a cover letter, (2) your up-to-date CV including contact information for 3 academic references who I may contact for a letter of reference, (3) a short statement of research interests describing your research goals, expertise, and highlighting the impact of your academic achievements (maximum 2 pages).

While I  funding for this postdoc for 2 years, applicants are always strongly encouraged to also apply to other sources! Having fellowship awards will improve your future competitiveness. Furthermore, the application process itself will provide precious skills in scientific writing, thinking, and goal-setting that will be invaluable later on.

Consider postdoctoral funding from:
NSF – Postdoctoral Fellowships
USDA Grants & Fellowships
Marie Curie Fellowships
Life Sciences Research Foundation
NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Fulbright Scholar Program
Human Frontier Science Program
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
BARD – The U.S./Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund
…and many others specific to your background or country of origin…

I will assist with postdoctoral fellowship applications as appropriate.