Research Trainee Information

Trainees and Directed Research Students Wanted

The UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders is on the leading edge of clinical and basic research. From bench to bedside, clinical researchers within the program are developing novel methods to enhance and tailor treatment and basic researchers are working to understand the causes of eating disorders. Trainees from all disciplines have the opportunity to take part in a rich array of clinical and research studies currently underway with the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. Our program includes projects covering topics ranging from anorexia nervosa to obesity, using methodologies ranging from molecular genetics to clinical trials. Our interdisciplinary team includes research faculty, post-doctoral fellows, PhD students, residents, medical students, and postgraduate and undergraduate trainees.

Job responsibilities vary by position and student and can include:

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Trainee Positions Available:

1) Postgraduate and Undergraduate Trainees:

These positions require trainees to devote at least 10 hours a week and commit to two semesters (fall/spring, spring/summer, spring/fall, summer/fall) of work with our program. This is an ideal research experience for local students interested in attending graduate programs for psychology, social work, nutrition, public health, genetics and medical school. Students are also encouraged to attend our weekly research meetings, journal club and post-doctoral research seminar. These occur each Wednesday morning.

i. Psychology 395 is available to our undergraduate trainees that are offered positions in our lab. Class times change by semester based on availabilities.

ii. Undergraduate volunteers are also sometimes given mentorship in planning and implementing honor's theses within the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, depending on the length and quality of their contribution to the research program.

Research Trainee applicants are required to submit a completed application form and a current academic transcript. Detailed instructions can be found on the first page of the application.

The application form for trainees can be downloaded here. Applications are due by August 10th, December 1st and April 1st for the following semester. Please do not use Google Chrome to open the application. 

We conduct interviews for all other research trainee positions in August, December and April for the following semester. We will contact you for an interview if you have made it to the second round of the application process and will announce acceptance into the program by the end of the semester.


2) Summer Research Fellowships:

These positions will be open for competitive applicants interested in an 8-week 40 hours a week experience working in Dr. Bulik’s lab. Summer research fellowships are highly competitive positions that are open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Those accepted to the program will receive a $1,500 stipend upon completion of their time at UNC and will be given project and mentor assignments based on relevant experiences and future work interests. Please be aware that housing is NOT provided for this fellowship. Schedules will be planned in advance and will include several trainings relevant to the eating disorders field to help facilitate future work. Fellows will be required to attend our weekly research meetings, journal club and post-doctoral research seminars. One to two summer fellows are typically selected each year.

Fellowship applicants are required to submit a completed application form, one letter of recommendation, a current CV, and a current academic transcript. Detailed instructions can be found on the first page of the application.

The application form for fellowships can be downloaded here. Applications are due by April 1st.

Interviews for Summer Fellowship positions are conducted once a year in April.


Faculty Advisor: Cynthia Bulik, PhD

Faculty Advisor’s Department: School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Trainee Coordinator: Lauren Metzger, LCSWA

Contact Information:  or (919) 966-3065