Join us!

Whether you are an undergraduate, a prospective graduate student or a postdoc – we are always willing to discuss the possibility of having you on our team!  We are especially interested in hearing from folks that are bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, self-starting, teachable, positive, dependable, perseverant and responsible. Because we have a broad range of projects in our laboratory spanning both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, we seek individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Current Opportunities:

The Carini Lab at the University of Arizona is looking for an enthusiastic, hard-working graduate student (MS or PhD) to join the lab in the spring semester of 2018. The ideal student will have 1-2 years of undergraduate level laboratory experience if applying as a MS candidate, or a MS degree or 2-3 years of technician experience if applying as PhD candidate.

Although all applicants will be considered, we especially encourage prospective students that wish to learn advanced microbial cultivation techniques, but already have molecular (PCR, amplicon sequencing) or computational (R, python) skills, to inquire.

To inquire, please read the ‘Prospective graduate student’ section below and send a brief email stating your specific interests and why you would like to work with our group to Dr. Carini at paulcarini(at)email.arizona.edu. Attach your CV and reprints of publications (optional, describe your contribution to the published work). The first review of these inquiries will occur in July of 2017.


Undergraduates: Contact Dr. Carini about potential research projects.

Prospective graduate students: Before applying to graduate school, contact Dr. Carini (but first read this). You will need to apply for graduate school, currently as a Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science student, which is outlined here. Students with a Master’s degree or 2+ years post-graduate laboratory experience are strongly encouraged to inquire about PhD positions. There are limited opportunities for teaching assistantships as a graduate student, which means most admission decisions will depend on whether we have money to support you. You can help by bringing your own funding. As a student in our lab, you will be encouraged to apply for external funding.

Prospective Postdocs: We are always happy to discuss how your ideas fit with the work we do and ways to fund your work in our lab.