Paid Research Opportunity in Translational Spine Research at CofC/MUSC for the 23/24 Year

Dr. Sarah Porto from the School of Health Sciences is looking for students interested in gaining laboratory experience as a research assistant.

The Opportunity: Students will gain experience with biomechanics research techniques, including tensile testing, biochemical analysis, as well as cell and molecular biology techniques, such as immunohistochemistry, histology, and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. Students will analyze experimental results using appropriate software and also help prepare experimental results for presentation and publication.

  • Research assistants will be expected to commit at least 4 hours per week during the academic year and at least 20 hours per week in the summer.


  • A salaried position funded by NIH ($11/hr)
  • MUSC and Clemson networking opportunities
  • Honors Immersed and Bachelor’s Essay potential
  • Training from the PI will be provided if these techniques are new to the applicant

How to Apply: Contact Dr. Porto with any questions; to apply, read below for the full application instructions and submit all application materials to Dr. Porto (

If you are interested, please send questions and the following materials to Dr. Porto (

  • Updated Resume (or CV) that includes extracurricular activities and employment plans (for academic year and summer)
  • Year of Study, Major, Academic Achievements
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Statement of Interest (500 words) that includes:
    • 1) Previous research experience, if applicable
    • 2) What can you offer to the project and how long would you like to work on this project?
    • 3) What would you like to get out of this experience?
    • 4) Why are you interested in participating in this (or any) research?
    • 5) Please describe your specific time management strategies.
    • 6) Any other relevant information that you would like to share.