We are a new and growing lab and we generally offer research and employment opportunities. Below are the answers to some of the most common questions regarding openings in the lab.
Q: Are you accepting post-docs?
A. Yes, we always have openings for excellent postdocs. At the moment, I am looking for 1-2 outstanding candidates that have strong background and interests in computational modeling of behavior (not of e.g., protein interactions) and/or fMRI of human behavior (hopefully including model-based analyses), preferably both. Please email me directly if you are interested in applying.
Q: Are you accepting graduate students next year?
A: Yes. I normally accept one, or at most two outstanding graduate students every year. Note that I am looking especially for students who are have background and interests in psychology, neuroscience and computational modeling. This is a tall order, I know, but luckily there are some of you out there!
Q: What are the admissions criteria?
A: Admissions decisions will be based primarily on your past academic performance (including marks and standardized tests like the GRE), your reference letters and forms which we look at very carefully, and any research, teaching or job experience you might have. Having some idea of the sort of research in which you are interested helps us send your file to the relevant faculty, but many students do not know exactly what they want to work on -- you shouldn't make up a research interest that you aren't sure of. You should be advised that even if you meet the minimum admission standards of the University, spots in both the Psychology and Neuroscience departments are very limited, and so nothing can be guaranteed. We only accept a small handful of outstanding candidates each year.
Q: Can you tell me what are my chances to be accepted to your lab/the Psychology graduate program/the Neuroscience graduate program, based on my CV and statement of interests?
A: No. We have an admissions committee and all decisions are made after all applicants have formally applied to the different programs (see links above). If you wish to be considered for one of the graduate programs, please apply. If you are applying and are specifically interested in working in our lab, please do send me an email to introduce yourself, so I can make note of your application when the time comes to review these and make decisions. You should also mention this interest in your research statement, so that your application is flagged for my attention. You are also welcome to email with questions about the lab etc. (other than "what are my chances of getting accepted", which I unfortunately do not have the information on which to base an answer).
Q: If I were to be accepted, can you provide funding for my studies?
A: Yes. All full time PhD students admitted to the lab are guaranteed funding for the normal time of completion of their degree. This money comes from various sources including student scholarships, teaching assistantships, central university funds for student support, and research grants. The details of where your support comes from should not be of concern to you, and I cannot possibly discuss any financial arrangements until after you have been admitted.
Q: What about working in your group or with you directly?
A: If you are specifically interested in our research, please indicate this on your application. Note, however that students at the Neuroscience program are not admitted to work with specific professors; they are admitted to the program at large, with guaranteed funding and are free to work with whomever they find a good match with once they arrive (this is not the case in the Psychology department in which students are accepted to specific labs). If you are interested in working with me specifically, you can also indicate this in your statement of interest included with your official application. This will mean that I look at your file, and should you be admitted we can decide once you arrive if we'd enjoy doing research together.
Q: Should I apply to the Neuroscience program or the Psychology program?
A: To decide on which program suits you most, the main question you should ask yourself is: am I primarily interested in understanding learning and behavior, and knowing about the brain (or using functional imaging) is but one of the tools I use (-> Psychology) or am I primarily interested in understanding the brain and how it realizes learning and behavior (-> Neuroscience). You should also read the information on the websites of the two programs (click here for Psychology and here for Neuroscience) to determine which program is best for you.
Q: Can I work as a research assistant in your lab?
A: We currently have an opening for a research assistant in the lab. If you are a recent (college) graduate with an interest in cognitive psychology and/or computational modeling and think you might be a good fit, please email me directly with your CV and a description of your interests.
Q: Do you accept foreign research assistants?
A: Unfortunately, due to visa regulations we cannot secure a work visa (or any other immigration-related documents) to the USA for foreigners interested in working in the lab at a post-bac level. Unless you have a Master's degree or you are coming as a graduate student, we cannot hire you to the lab. This is beyond our control.
Q: Do you accept undergraduate summer interns?
A: Currently I mostly accept summer interns through the PNI Summer Internship Program. Please apply for summer internships through the PNI program, and also email me directly with a CV and short description of your research interests, so I can flag you as appropriate for my lab in particular.
Q: Do you accept foreign undergraduate interns that have their own funding?
A: Unfortunately, in most cases it is virtually impossible to secure a visa to the USA for foreigners interested in a short internship. Moreover, out-of-university visiting scholars have to pay 50% tuition at Princeton (currently around $19,000/year) if they were to come as interns. Thus I do not accept foreign interns.
Q: Do you accept high-school students that are looking for a way to experience science hands-on?
A: Unfortunately, as a small new lab we do not currently have the manpower resources to accept and train high-school students. Hopefully this will change in the future.
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