Joining the Group

UM Undergrads

Undergrads are key part of the fabric of our group. If you are a UM undergrad who wants research experience in the lab, please send Naomi or Ben an email with your resume or CV and articulate your interests. We can then see if there’s a way to get you involved.  We particularly like to include UROP, UM Earth Camp and M-Sci (part of MSTEM) students in the lab, so if you are involved in any of these programs, please get in contact.  And while not required, a great way to get involved in the lab is to take a class with one of us first (and be an engaged student in that class!). 

Potential Grad Students

The UM is a phenomenal place for students interested in graduate work in stable isotope geochemistry or paleoclimate – check out the UM Earth & Environmental Sciences faculty and their groups. All IPL grad students get hands on experience in the lab, making measurements for their own thesis projects, contributing to group projects, trouble-shooting analyses, and often contributing to analytical innovations.  Many IPL grad students also have field components to their research.

If you’re interested in joining the lab as a grad student, please visit the UM Earth & Environmental Sciences department website with information about applying to the graduate program. Pay attention to the tips for applying section of the departmental website, and Naomi’s guidance for prospective students. To get a sense for what UM EARTH grad students do, check out the department’s Twitter and Instagram accounts and a list of grad student publications.  

Applications for Fall admission are due in early January. Potential grad students who come from under-represented groups or who do active work to make science more inclusive should apply to the Michigan Earth’s Fall Preview event

Interested in a post-doc position? 

We don’t have any new post-doc funding right now, but if you have ideas for projects and contact Naomi or Ben, in case it makes sense for you to develop a proposal external funding like the NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship and the NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. International students might consider Fulbright programs. 

There are also three different University of Michigan postdoctoral fellowships that you might consider: the Michigan Society of Fellows, the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, and the LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. All are very competitive but each has a different scope. The applications for these UM fellowships are due in the Fall, but successful applicants will start to develop their applications with UM faculty well in advance.

Visitors and other lab users

We occasionally host visitors to work on collaborative projects and we often work with other UM students, postdocs and faculty. If you have an interest in visiting IPL or working with us on a project, contact Ben or Naomi. 

If you are an early career scholar from Africa (or know of one!), please check out the University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program, which is a phenomenal opportunity to be part of the UM for a semester and part of IsoPaleolab.