My goal is to foster an environment of consistent scientific excellence and personal development that supports every lab member in reaching their full potential, and helps us have fun while doing great science. We have a supportive and open lab, and I welcome potential students regardless of race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, or disability status. As long as you are a hard worker and creative thinker who is respectful to others, you are welcome here. If you are interested in joining the team, read on.
(Please also have a read through our current lab manual (PDF) to make sure the lab is a good fit.)
Washington University has an excellent set of resources across disciplines which make it a very strong place for continuing your training. Candidates who are interested in applying for external funding (e.g., an NRSA) should contact me to discuss possibilities. Please send a CV and a cover letter that includes your thoughts on future projects, what you hope to gain from the lab, and what you would bring to the lab.
Unfortunately I do not have time to respond to generic emails requesting sponsorship for projects that are not related to ongoing work in the lab (unless projects come with large sums of money and very little work).
Graduate students and residents
PhD students can join the lab through the Washington University Neuroscience Graduate program—if you are a current student, please contact me if you are interested in hearing more about the lab or doing a rotation here. If you are not currently a student, you will need to apply to the program.
There may also be opportunities to work collaboratively if you are in psychology, biomedical engineering, linguistics, computer science, or another related discipline, provided you have a primary advisor in your home department. In particular, if you are a prospective graduate student interested in cognitive aging, please get in touch, as we have an excellent training grant through the psychology department in this area.
In addition, we also accept Otolaryngology residents who are completing research portions of their training and AuD students working on Capstone projects.
If you're thinking of joining the lab as a PhD student, keep in mind the following (from the lab manual):
By the time you're done, you will have to know how to do statistics and plots in R, share your work with me using Rmarkdown, use Matlab scripts for data analyses, know enough Python to navigate presentation in PsychoPy, and make figures and posters using Adobe Illustrator or a similar graphics program. You will also preregister your experiments when appropriate (which it almost certainly will be) and share your data and analysis scripts publicly. The learning curve can be a little steep on these but it's well worth it. (If these aren't compatible with your goals or interests, my lab is probably not a good fit for you!)
We have no openings at this time.
We have no more openings for Fall 2017.
Undergraduates with a background or interest in neuroscience are welcome—this includes people who come from psychology, PNP, premed, biomedical engineering, computer science, linguistics, and so on. Depending on our current needs and your interests, undergraduates assist with tasks such as:
- Developing materials for experiments (for example, coming up with lists of words or sentences that meet various criteria)
- Organizing lab forms, paperwork, and materials
- Updating lab documentation
- Computer programming or scripting (experience with Matlab, R, pr Python is particularly helpful)
- The analysis or display of data (bonus points if you have interest or experience with graphic design, typesetting, etc.)
Joining the lab as an undergraduate is a competitive process and we do not accept everyone who applies. If you are interested in being in the lab, please email me:
- A CV (if you haven't put one together yet, this is a good opportunity—if you look around you can probably find some advice on how to do this)
- Why you are interested in joining the lab and how it fits into your career or education goals
- Your level of experience with computers, programming, and statistics (it's ok if you don't have much, but it's helpful for me to know this)
- Coursework you think might be relevant, and any professors or mentors who can serve as a reference
- An indication of how many hours you can realistically commit per week (minimum 6)
- An example of computer code or scripting you have done (if applicable)
Our lab is on the medical school campus (2 minutes from the Central West End metrolink stop), so please factor this in regarding your time commitment.
Your first semester (3 months) in the lab are considered probationary (possibly with "observer" status), after which we will meet and decide whether it continues to be a good fit.
Please review the lab manual, particularly the section on undergraduates, to make sure it sounds like a good situation for you before contacting me.