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Group Openings

The Armani lab is located within the Mork Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering Department with joint appointments in Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemistry.  The lab welcomes researchers with diverse academic backgrounds, including but not limited to:
  • Applied Physics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics

All students interested in joining the lab should read the following information before contacting Prof. Armani.  Additionally, some commonly asked questions are answered on the FAQ page.

HS Students
Undergraduates
MS Students
PhD Students
Post-Docs/Staff Members
Visitors

The Armani Lab offers one high school student per year the opportunity to work in a research lab setting.  The minimum time commitment is 8 weeks during the summer.  While GPA and course background are relevant, enthusiasm for research and an interest in science and engineering are equally important.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact Prof. Armani directly.  Applications are accepted year-round, but this position typically fills by early March.

The Armani Lab offers undergraduates at all stages in their studies (sophomore through senior) and in all of the disciplines listed above an opportunity to participate in research during the summer and the academic year.  There are no formal requirements (experience, year or major).  Research projects can be part of a directed research course, Merit Research, or can be independent of an academic curriculum.  However, all undergraduate researchers must commit to spending at least one full year in the group, including one summer (10 weeks, paid).

Typically, openings are announced in the summer (May or June), applications are due by mid July, and decisions are made by the start of the fall semester.  Usually, 2-3 undergraduates are hired every year.  Openings are announced on the lab's facebook, twitter, and instagram accounts and through emails from the BME, CHE, and EE student advisors. The application details are also located here: ArmaniLab_Undergrad Position

Similar to undergrad positions, announcements are made sporadically throughout the year as appropriate projects become available. Please monitor twitter and facebook for positions. Additionally, announcements are sent through the GAPP office. Most recent posting is here: MS position

The Armani Lab only accepts PhD students on the normal admit cycle (apply in the fall and start the following fall).

  • 2018-2019 Academic Year: It is anticipated that there will be openings for Chemistry, Biomedical, or Mechanical Engineering rotation students. Please email Prof. Armani in advance of the semester.
  • 2019-2020 Academic Year: It is anticipated that there will be positions for the 2019-2020 academic year. Students are only accepted for fall semester start dates. (apply in fall 2018 and start in fall 2019)

Students interested in joining the lab must apply through USC Graduate Admissions and should specifically indicate their interest in joining the Armani Lab in the appropriate locations in their application and in their personal statement. Students admitted to the following depts and programs can be directly advised by Prof. Armani:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering

Students admitted to other depts within the School of Engineering or the College (e.g. Computer Science or Biology) can also be advised by Prof. Armani, but the admissions process is more complex. Please alert Prof. Armani if you apply to a dept other than one listed above. In addition, students admitted to the MD/PhD program can be advised by Prof. Armani. However, the admissions process to this program is distinct from the standard PhD admissions process. Please contact Prof. Armani if you are considering this route.

Additional information and advice for students interested in PhD positions is available on this page.  Students are strongly encouraged to read it before emailing Prof. Armani.

There are currently two post-doctoral openings (12/5/2018):

There is one opening for a 2 yr post-doctoral scholar position in the area of organic synthetic chemistry with a flexible start date (between January 2019 to August 2019). The key skills/background: 1) synthesis of organic small molecules (tetraphenylene-containing and benzothiadiazole-containing molecules) using reactions like Suzuki coupling and Van Leusen and 2) spectroscopic analysis (e.g. NMR, mass spec). Bonus skills: Experience with optical/electrical characterization methods (e.g. fluorescence, 4pt probe) and/or experience with biological systems/measurements (e.g. cell culture, immunoassays). Interested applicants should email their CV to Prof. Armani with subject line: Post-doc Opening. In the body of the email, please include 200word max answers to the following: 1) motivation for pursuing a post-doc position, 2) interest in this area of research/topic, 3) summary of key relevant skills, and 4) potential tentative start date and possible hurdles (e.g. need to defend, other post-doc ending).

There is one opening for a 2 yr post-doctoral scholar position in the area of integrated optics with a flexible start date (between January 2019 to August 2019). The key skills/background: 1) nanofabrication methods for devices on Si wafers including etching (e.g. RIE), lithography (e.g. e-beam, photo), deposition (e.g. lift-off, metal evaporation),  2) integrated optical device design and implementation (e.g. on/off chip coupling for waveguides, EM modeling), and 3) test and measurement experience (e.g. optical loss, electron microscopy imaging of devices). Bonus skills: Experience with devices fabricated from non-conventional optical materials and/or experience with biological systems. Interested applicants should email their CV to Prof. Armani with subject line: Post-doc Opening. In the body of the email, please include 200word max answers to the following: 1) motivation for pursuing a post-doc position, 2) interest in this area of research/topic, 3) summary of key relevant skills, and 4) potential tentative start date and possible hurdles (e.g. need to defend, other post-doc ending).

In collaboration with Agilent, USC has the USC-Agilent Fellows program. The Armani lab is eligible to host Agilent Fellows. More information about this program (and the application) is located here: https://michelson.usc.edu/research/agilent/fellows/

The Armani lab welcomes visiting PhD Students and scholars from other institutions.  However, due to space limitations in the Armani Lab, we will only host one student or scholar at any given time.  Given this restriction, it is never too early to start planning.  Additionally, for international visitors, there are several protocols established by USC which must be followed.  

Due to visa restrictions, it is necessary to plan a visit at least 6 months in advance.  Additionally, if your stipend/salary is being supported by funding from your own institution (which is expected), you must be able to provide proof of health insurance or be willing to purchase USC insurance.  Finally, USC does not have housing for visitors.  Therefore, you must find your own housing.  While we can direct you to housing websites, this will be your own responsibility.