FAQs

I wish to become a postdoc in your group.

We currently have no openings, as our payroll is maxed out. But when positions open we'll post them here, on the website homepage, and on Twitter (@TheAzizLab). Thank you for your interest in our group!

 

I wish to apply to graduate school (and potentially work in this group as a PhD student).

I’m pleased that you are interested in the important areas of research in which we are engaged and in the SEAS graduate program. I do not anticipate having room in my own research group for any additional graduate students in the coming 1-2 years. Any changes in this situation will be tweeted from @TheAzizLab and posted here.  Please see the following SEAS web pages:

http://www.seas.harvard.edu/audiences/prospective-graduates/

http://www.seas.harvard.edu/faculty-research/research

and

http://www.seas.harvard.edu/audiences/prospective-graduates/faqs/

Good luck with the application process!

 

I am interested in a part-time or summer full-time undergrduate research position.

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) 
Undergraduates apply to the Harvard SEAS REU Program and indicate interest in several choices among a large number of positions. I usually post one or more positions each year.

Other research opportunities for Harvard College students 
Harvard College undergraduates obtain support for summer or term-time research under the supervision of a faculty member such as myself under any of several programs, including:
Harvard U. Center for the Environment Undergrad Summer Research Fund (Summer); 
Undergraduate Research and Fellowship (URAF) programs (Summer); 
Harvard College Research Program (Summer or term-time)  

Research Experience for Course Credit
Of course there are non-job opportunities for guided research for course credit. Many departments offer a course such as Engineering Sciences 91r for students enrolled in Harvard College and I would be happy to discuss such opportunities with you before or at the beginning of the semester. 

 

I am one of your students and I need something.

My students are my highest priority.  But please realize that I cannot be pen pals in corresponding about the "rules of engagement" already stated in the syllabus, or homework problems, or the finer points of the course, due to this repetitive strain injury.  I seem to have only a limited number of keystrokes per day, and that number isn't known in advance.  So it's better to set up a Zoom call by email.  If you don't hear from me by the time you need to hear from me, please do not hesitate to contact me again.

 

I wish to schedule a meeting.

I will do this when I can, but please keep in mind that Harvard hired me to do a job: teaching and research. I sometimes go through periods in which it is hard to find enough hours in the week to fulfill my already-existing commitments.

 

Requests for reviews of a manuscript/proposal

Please email the title, authors, and if possible the abstract / project summary, and I'll let you know as soon as possible if I can review the manuscript / proposal.  If the request is from a journal I publish in or an organization I receive research funding from, I will try my hardest to find time.  Even then, however, my review inbox sometimes gets so backlogged that it's hopeless to add another, and in that case I believe it's better to say 'no' at the outset than to leave you and the author / principal investigator hanging for an unfairly long period of time.

 

I am a frequent correspondent and don't want to keep getting these bounce-back messages!

The new email program seems to automatically control these much better than did the old. If it's still not good enough, try programming your spam filter to intercept a message from "Aziz" with "Automatic reply:" in the subject line. Even the new program won't permit me to customize the 'latency' (period for which the program won't send an additional bounce-back to the same address) so I'm still pretty much at its mercy. I'm really sorry about the trouble.