Armani Lab Undergraduate Research Position Opening

Information for Undergraduates:

There is an opening in the Armani Lab for an undergraduate researcher.

As a result of the multi-disciplinary nature of the research being pursued, undergraduate research projects are tailored to the undergraduate researcher’s interests within the general scope of the research activities of lab. Example projects being pursued in the Armani Lab by undergraduate researchers include the synthesis of low loss optical materials, synthesis of functional polymeric materials, design and construction of malaria diagnostic instrument and tissue profiling instrument.

In developing these projects, Prof. Armani first meets with the undergraduate researcher to identify: 1) areas of interest and 2) areas of strength. Typically, in a follow-up meeting, Prof. Armani gives the student a choice between two or three project ideas.

Undergraduate researchers in the Armani Lab work as part of a team comprised of students and post-docs from a wide range of academic backgrounds (biology, chemistry, physics, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, biomedical engineering). However, they are expected to lead their portion of the project, taking and analyzing all data. For example, depending on the project, undergraduates have fabricated devices in a Class 100 cleanroom, used different spectroscopy and material characterization methods (FTIR, spectrophotometry, ellipsometry), and performed microscopy (optical, electron and fluorescence).

Position Details

This position will start in fall 2018 and requires a commitment of at least 12 months, including 10 weeks of full-time (paid) work during the summer. Part of this research can be performed for directed research credit or as Merit Research.


There are no formal requirements (prior experience, year or major). Past/current students have been/are from EE, ME, BME, CS, CHE, ISE, Phys, and Chem. However, given the 12 month minimum requirement, preference is given to rising sophomores (current first years).

To apply

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until June 15, 2018. A subset of applicants will be selected for either an in-person or an online interview (depending on availability). All decisions will be made by August 15, 2016; however, decisions may be finalized before that date.

To submit an application, email: Prof. Andrea Armani,, with the subject line: Undergrad Research. Include a 1-2 page resume, and shorts answers (under 200 words each) to: 1) Why are you interested in doing research? 2) What do you want to do when you graduate?

Paul Ledesma

Author Paul Ledesma

Paul is currently the Director of Undergraduate Admission at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Although he is not an engineer, he loves working with engineering students and secretly wants to be one (they do so much cool stuff!). Paul is responsible for the recruitment and enrollment of undergraduate engineering students - you may remember him giving a presentation when you were in high school. Paul manages the Viterbi Student Ambassadors and loves seeing all the great things they accomplish at Paul studied Psychology at the University of Southern California and "fell into" the college admission field after graduation in 2000.

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