Open Positions

Undergraduate Research Assistants - Fall 2021/Spring 2022

The Computational Cognitive Neuroscience & Psychiatry Lab is looking for highly motivated, energetic undergraduate research assistants for Fall 2021/Spring 2022. The research you will help with will ask questions at the intersection of human decision making and attention using controlled laboratory experiments, and additionally look at how different dimensions of information processing relate to symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. You will participate in discussions related to task design and programming, help collect data, and help see the data you collect through preliminary analysis and beyond.

Requirements - please read!

  • We are an interdisciplinary lab and welcome students from all majors, including psychology, neuroscience, computer science, bioengineering, biology, and others. However, note that there are some requirements with respect to past and current course enrollment, as detailed below.
  • Students must have taken at minimum or be currently enrolled in PSYC 100, 200, and 300. 200/300 deal with introductory statistics and experimental design. Students coming from majors outside psychology may have taken other courses that cover similar ground instead. If you fall into this category, please explain what equivalent courses you took in your application e-mail.
  • You must participate in this research experience for credit by enrolling in three hours of PSYC 479 - Special Research in Psychology. Procedures for enrollment (if you are accepted into the lab) can be found here.
  • Three hours of PSYC 479 translate into roughly a 9 hour commitment per week.
  • As this position involves running experiments, you must be able to participate in-person while following University guidelines for health and safety.
  • We will give preference to candidates that can commit to both the Fall and Spring, although this is not a strict requirement.
  • Likewise, prior or concurrent enrollment in PSYC 341 (Cognition) is preferred but not required. Enrollment in PSYC 417 or other introductory programming experience is preferred but not required.

To apply - please read also!

E-mail Dr. Solway (asolway[at]umd.edu) with the subject line 'URA Application': 1) an unofficial transcript, 2) a CV/resume, and 3) a short cover letter that affirms that you meet the requirements above, describes any relevant previous experience, and finally, describes your current and future interests and goals and how this experience will help you meet them. Successful candidates will be contacted by the first week of the Fall semester or earlier.