Career and Student Opportunities
About our Career Opportunities
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine is the world’s most comprehensive research center specializing in spinal cord injury. Our multi-disciplinary team of more than 200 scientists and researchers are committed to finding new treatments for the paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury.
Individuals interested in employment at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis are encouraged to visit the University of Miami Career site for a list of available positions.
Our Postdoctoral Programs offer the opportunity for candidates to perform research in a scientifically diverse setting and contribute to the overall research efforts taking place in our facility. Individuals are considered on the basis of education, certifications, and/or relevant work experience. Candidates must also demonstrate willingness in furthering the continuing scientific and technological success of The Miami Project.
The Miami Project’s affiliation with the University of Miami Graduate Neuroscience Program makes it a prime location for the mentoring of eager students.
Graduate students in the UM Neuroscience program are trained in cellular, molecular, and integrative neuroscience and have the option of choosing mentors from among Miami Project faculty.
To be considered for admission to the UM Neuroscience graduate program, applicants must have:
- a bachelor’s degree in one of the biological, behavioral or physical sciences
- a grade point average of 3.0 or above (out of 4.0).
- a strong quantitative background, and
- a combined score of 1000 or higher on the General Test of the GRE.
Both graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity to volunteer or accept part-time paid positions in many of our laboratories. Paid positions for summer students are made available each year through the support of various funding agencies.
Summer Student Research Positions
Summer Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
Summer student research positions are an opportunity for outstanding students to work in spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury research laboratories under the mentorship of Miami Project research staff. Utilizing their knowledge and laboratory skills, students will take on specific functions and projects as part of a multidisciplinary team. Prior laboratory experience is preferred as students will be expected to perform laboratory duties.
Several paid positions are made available each year through the support of various funding agencies.
NIH Neurotrauma Summer Research Internship Program
The objective of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis NIH Neurotrauma Summer Research Experience is to expand and diversify the next generation of scientists in the clinically relevant yet underrepresented field of Neurotrauma. Students involved in the proposed program will not only be exposed practically and theoretically to scientific research, but will also participate in cutting edge, NIH-funded projects that could have significant impact on the field of Neurotrauma and the US healthcare system.
For additional information, contact Maria Chagoyen at 305-243-7108.
The following is a list of other opportunities available to Graduate and Undergradute students at the University of Miami:
Neuroscience Undergraduate Program
The University of Miami has taken advantage of its strength in neuroscience research and graduate training to develop an outstanding undergraduate neuroscience major. A key component of this program is the integration of neuroscience faculty at the Medical School with those on the Coral Gables campus. Faculty members cross campuses to share their expertise with undergraduates, and students may gain research experience in neuroscience faculty laboratories. Another component is the development of several new undergraduate courses, including a comprehensive neuroscience laboratory course, a course in the mechanisms of neural diseases, and a developmental biology class. These courses add to an already extensive set of existing neuroscience courses in the biology and psychology departments that are available to neuroscience majors. MORE
Summer Research Program for Underrepresented Minorities & Women
The Office of Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach welcomes applicants for the College of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Program for Underrepresented Minorities & Women. The program is open to underrepresented minority and women students in the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences. Qualified applicants should have completed at a minimum their sophomore year, be US citizens or permanent residents and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. MORE
Honors Summer Research
The Honors Summer Research Program matches honors students, who have completed at least one semester at UM, with a faculty mentor on the Medical, Rosenstiel, and Coral Gables campuses to do research in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The students are required to work 6 to 8 weeks during the summer. Students in the program receive 3 honors credits, a grade from the supervising professor in the fall semester, and a stipend of $1,500 at the completion of the research assignment. Students are encouraged to find their own housing for the summer. MORE
University of Miami Summer Scholars Program
The University of Miami Summer Scholars Program provides an exciting opportunity for current high school sophomores and juniors to explore their academic passions and experience what it’s like to be a college student. This unique academic program allows students to earn college credit, interact with world class professors, make lasting friendships, and grow as independent thinkers. MORE
Neuroscience Graduate Program
The Neuroscience Program at the University of Miami trains graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for research and teaching careers in the neurosciences. The research interests of the faculty include: the cellular mechanisms underlying neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and AIDS-related dementia; the ways in which chemical addictions are acquired and can be controlled; strategies to limit and even repair damage to the brain and spinal cord; the molecular mechanisms underlying ion channels and neurotransmitter receptors; sensory transduction; mechanisms of learning and memory; and the development of the nervous system. MORE
Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS)
The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has embarked upon a journey of unprecedented growth, with new cutting edge centers of excellence in areas like genetics, genomics and stem cell research to add to our proven efforts in paralysis, cancer, diabetes and eye care. Our students have access to renowned faculty, groundbreaking research, and state of the art resources. All of this set in a bustling international city and an inviting subtropical climate. Learn more about the exciting research being conducted by our faculty. MORE