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Graduate Student

​We are taking graduate students from both Department of Psychology and Program in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science

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Informal inquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Anna Li ([email protected]). 


Research technician

A research technician position with the payroll title of faculty assistant is available in the lab of Dr. Xuan (Anna) Li in the Department of Psychology at University of Maryland College Park. This position will provide recent college graduates an opportunity to conduct research side-by-side with the principal investigator and/or postdoctoral fellow. We are looking for a person who is eager to learn and strives to achieve. This position is for two years.

Major responsibilities for this position include running behavioral experiments and processing the tissues for various studies. He or she will have the opportunity to learn the techniques used in the lab. During this process, he or she will not only gain research experience, but also will have opportunities to be a co-author on the publications from the Li Lab. Other responsibilities include: general laboratory management, such as ordering reagents, and maintaining equipment. For more information about the lab, please visit
Bachelor's Degree of Science in Neuroscience, Biology, Psychology or a related field
Previous experience with animal research (especially being comfortable with working with rats) and molecular biology research is highly preferred. 

How to apply
Please submit the following information to [email protected]
1. A cover letter. In the cover letter, please also provide the following information:
            Research interests
            Things you want to learn from our lab
            Your overall goal(s) for this job experience
            Your future career plan(s)
2. Curriculum Vitae (including GPA)
3. A list of relevant course work and grades
4. Briefly describe your favorite course and why (less than 300 words)
5. Contact information for three references

Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. The start date is between May 28th, 2018 to June 30th, 2018. Informal inquiry is encouraged.


Undergraduate students
If you are interested in an undergraduate research position in our lab, please contact Anna Li via email ([email protected]) and provide the following information:

1. CV (including major, overall GPA, relevant courses and grades)
2. A cover letter which states why you want to work in our lab, the research that interests you and what you want to learn from this research experience
3. The time you are planning to invest in our lab (e.g., hours/week, number of sememsters)


The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. UMD is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected status in all aspects of employment. UMD is actively engaged in recruiting, hiring, and promoting underrepresented communities; minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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Department of Psychology
University of Maryland, College Park
2123D, Biology/Psychology Building
4094 Campus Dr., College Park, MD 20742

​Office Tel: 301-405-4892

Department of Psychology
NACS Graduate Program
Brain and Behavioral Initiative
Li faculty page
Society of Neuroscience
National Institute on Drug Abuse

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