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The Subjectivity Lab is looking to recruit graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and undergraduate research assistants to start in 2022. Of course, we are always interested in hearing from talented and enthusiastic prospective lab members even when we are not actively seeking them. Feel free to send send Jorge a note if you’re interested in joining our group!

See below for more information.

Graduate Students

The lab is actively looking to recruit doctoral students in Psychology to start in the Fall 2022 semester. You will be applying for a PhD in the Department of Psychology, through the College of Science. Make sure to read our lab’s website and learn about our active lines of research (the best way of doing this is by reading our most recent papers—we have new projects, but our publications should give you a good idea of the kind of work we (you!) will be doing). You should also take a look at the Department of Psychology, the Psychology PhD program, and the College of Science PhD Application websites.

If you’re interested in joining our lab as a grad student, it may also be helpful to get in touch with Jorge before applying. (But, this is certainly not required—we will carefully consider any application!) If you do get in touch, please add your CV and a few lines of what kind of research you’ve done in the past and how you see your current interests fitting into one or more of the lab’s lines of research.

Postdoctoral Fellows

We are currently looking to recruit one postdoctoral fellow to start during the summer of 2022 (earlier or later starting dates are negotiable). We are looking forward to work with talented and enthusiastic researchers. If you have a project that you feel would be a good fit with our lab’s interests, or more generally, if your research interests line up with the lab’s, please apply here (it’s a very short application where basically you just need to upload your CV). And please don’t hesitate to e-mail Jorge and get in touch!

Undergrad Research Assistants

 

Working in a lab as an undergraduate is a fantastic way to get research experience, which can be useful not only for preparing yourself for the next steps of a career in science, but also finding out whether you enjoy doing research in the first place. More importantly, research is interesting!

An RA in our lab may be involved in all aspects of research including: designing research projects, running subjects, analyzing data, presenting at academic conferences, and preparing manuscripts for publication. (This is not the kind of RA position where you would be one small cog in a big machine.) For this reason, we are interested in especially dedicated undergraduates who ideally can devote at least 8 hours or more per week to research in the lab. Initially RAs start on a part-time volunteer basis, and then as full-time co-op students (funding permitting; also, if you have work-study financial aid you may be eligible for co-op funding too).

Ideally, a research assistant in our lab would: (1) be excited about cognitive science in general, and the topics we study such as perception, consciousness and introspection, in particular; (2) have some basic familiarity with research methods in psychology (no prior research experience is required though); and (3) be comfortable working with computers (including spreadsheets, graphics programs, etc.); some familiarity with computer programming (using, e.g., Matlab or Python) would be great as well, but this is not required (in part because it is easier to learn than you might think!).

If you are interested in one of these positions, you should e-mail Dr. Morales with answers to the following questions:

 

  • What is your class year and major (if you already have one) here at Northeastern?
  • Why are you interested in getting research experience?
  • What interests you most about psychology, perception and consciousness? Broadly speaking, what would you like to study here in the lab? To answer this question, you could share a thought about one of our recent papers, or even propose a new study (whether based off a paper you read, or just out of the blue!).
    What relevant coursework or research experience have you had? (It’s OK if the answer amounts to “not much”.)
  • Do you have any experience with computer programming? If not, are you willing and eager to learn?
  • How many hours a week can you commit to working in the lab? For how long can you commit to volunteer (e.g., a semester, a summer, a year?

 

Note that we are interested in having all sorts of students with different skills / backgrounds / experience. Even (or especially!) if you’re a first year student with no experience in a lab, we want to hear from you!

Other Visitors

We are also happy to consider other types of visitors to the lab. For example, we would be open to host short-term (a few months) or long-term (e.g., 1 year) visits. Though we do not currently have funding for such positions, visitors of this sort can often become official members of our department during their visits, and we may even be able to fund the research they conduct (e.g., the costs associated with subjects and equipment). People in the Boston area who want to join our lab meetings are also welcome. Visitors may also come from areas other than psychology, such as philosophy or computer science.

If this kind of visit sounds right to you, please feel free to send Jorge a note!

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