Employment Opportunities | The Lewin Lab
2022-2023 Ophthalmology Research Internship
***Update July 2021***
A link to apply for the 2022-2023 position will be posted later this year. Please check back in October for more details.
The comparative ophthalmology research program at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine is seeking highly motivated applicants for the position of a full-time ophthalmology research intern. The anticipated duration of this position is one year. The successful applicant will participate in sample collection from animals enrolled in studies, perform physical and ophthalmic examinations on animals and administer medications as required. Training in specific basic scientific techniques will be provided (where necessary) including cell culture, molecular biology and interpretation of sequencing data. Excellent record keeping skills are required. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will contribute towards scientific manuscripts as well as creating several presentations of their research.
The successful applicant will be joining a team of two DACVO ophthalmology faculty, two ABVO approved residents, two dedicated ophthalmology technicians and three departmental research associates. Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine has excellent research facilities which will be utilized by the successful applicant following training, including dedicated cell culture facilities and in-house next-generation sequencing technology. Ophthalmology specialty interns at LSU have an excellent track record of subsequently entering ABVO-approved residency training programs.
The role is based at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Baton Rouge is Louisiana’s “Capital City” and the hub of all things Louisiana. With a prime, central location—just an hour away from New Orleans and Lafayette—Baton Rouge is the perfect city to explore the eclectic culture of this amazing state. Nicknamed the “Red Stick,” Baton Rouge houses over 300 years of history, much of which can be tasted in the delectable food, seen in the distinct architecture and learned through the unique culture. We can’t wait to welcome you into the LSU family!
Minimum Qualifications Required: Doctorate in veterinary medicine (or equivalent).
Preferred Qualifications: Doctorate in veterinary medicine (or equivalent) with at least 1 year of postgraduate clinical experience in small animal medicine in the form of a rotating internship, and a strong interest in clinical and/or research ophthalmology.
Other Requirements: Some travel to participating study centers in the local area is necessary and so full time access to a car is required as well as a complete, valid US driver’s license.
This position is only open to applicants able to work in the USA without the need for a VISA.
Salary: A competitive salary is offered for this position.
Necessary Application Components:
1) An up-to-date CV and cover letter containing relevant experience, class rank (where available) and GPA (where available).
2) The names and contact information for 3 professional references. Please note that we do not require letters of reference at the time of submission of your application; they will be requested if you are selected for interview.
Please also note that the successful applicant will be required to provide transcripts from the veterinary college attended, and will be required to pass a background check and drug screen prior to employment. Transcripts do not need to be provided until requested.
The successful applicant will be notified immediately after the ABVO residency match results in 2021.
Student Research Opportunities
There are a wide variety of project opportunities available for student workers at the Lewin Lab. Previous students have contributed towards scientific papers, given presentations and learned various scientific techniques. Two excellent opportunities for stipend funding for student researchers are given below; the LSU Summer Scholar Program and the LBRN Summer Research Program. Non-funded opportunities are also occasionally available for those interested - please contact Dr. Lewin for more details.
LSU Summer Scholar Program
The LSU Summer Scholar Program is an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand research experience at the Lewin Lab. The program provides a stipend for the student over the summer following approval of an application. Eligibility criteria are:
Open to veterinary medical students enrolled in 1st and 2nd year classes.
Students must not be concurrently enrolled in a graduate program such as our DVM/PhD program.
The Boehringer Ingelheim program restricts participation to one year. However, students may receive a second year support through the NIH BREVS program, Morris Animal Foundation, or other extramural support.
Preference will be given to students without prior formal research experience.
Students from any college of veterinary medicine are encouraged to apply.
Applications are typically due in January each year. If you are interested in learning more or would like help in preparing an application for funding to work at the Lewin Lab, please visit the LSU Summer Scholar Program Website or email Dr. Lewin directly.
LBRN Summer Research Program
Faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students from colleges and universities in Louisiana (excluding LSU Baton Rouge and Tulane University) are eligible for this program, which provides stipends for projects in the Lewin Lab. In particular, the eligibility requirements for the graduate student program are:
Be enrolled in a graduate program in a College or University in the state of Louisiana
(excluding LSU Baton Rouge & Tulane University)
Have at least a 3.0 GPA.
The eligibility requirements for the undergraduate program are:
Be enrolled in a College or University in the state of Louisiana (excluding LSU Baton
Rouge and Tulane University).
Be a science major with at least a 3.0 GPA.
Have completed appropriate science introductory courses.
If on Visa must be eligible to work.
The application deadlines for the program vary, and may be between October and February each year. If you are interested in this opportunity, please see the LBRN Summer Research Program Website or email Dr. Lewin directly.