The MoD lab is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. The MoD lab also is committed to compliance with all fair employment practices.
MoDLab is looking for junior colleagues with great ideas and a passion for science. Please send a CV, cover letter, and three references to Professor Baskin-Sommers. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; openings vary with current funding level. Candidates should possess strong technical abilities, including programming experience (e.g., MATLAB, EPrime, or other scripting languages), comfort with statistical analysis and analytic software (e.g. SPSS, R), and familiarity with psychophysiological data collection (EEG/ERP, startle, imaging).
2022 Status: Dr. Baskin-Sommers will consider applicants for the 2022 class. MoDLab admits students through the Department of Psychology (Clinical or Neuroscience area groups).
Prospective students are encouraged to contact Professor Baskin-Sommers by email, preferably in September or October prior to the December application deadline. Please send a CV and a brief statement of your research experience and future interests. However, Dr. Baskin-Sommers will not schedule calls in advance of reading all applications. Once all applications are submitted, Dr. Baskin-Sommers will reach out to select applicants to setup an intial converstation.
Dr. Baskin-Sommers looks for students who have a clear interest in the topics researched in the lab and who have documented experience with some (but not all) of the methods (e.g., self-report questionnaires, clinical interviews, neuroimaging, EEG) and tools (e.g., R, SPSS, Matlab are commonly used) used in the lab. It is essential that there is a clear match between the applicant and Dr. Baskin-Sommers’ program of research. The MoD lab studies environmental and cognitive-affective bases of antisocial behavior. If you are generally interested in crime or interested in becoming a forensic psychologist, this lab is not the best fit for you. The personal statement should detail the applicant’s intellectual experiences to date, research interests (which can be different than questions the applicant has researched so far), how those interests fit with the goals of the MoD Lab, and the applicant’s career goals. The personal statement also can be a place where the applicant discusses challenging life circumstances. There is no one type of person or background that the MoD lab is looking for, so the applicant should mention information that they think Dr. Baskin-Sommers should know. It is important, though, that the statement clearly address the applicant’s intellectual and research experiences and goals.
Successful applicants have been able to express clear interests in the personal statement, demonstrate in their statement a specific curiosity about a research question, have documented experience with methods we commonly use in the lab (e.g., imaging, EEG, clinical interviews, or statistical model), and have analyzed data in some way during their previous research experience.
MoDLab is always looking for intelligent and motivated undergraduate research assistants. Research assistants in the MoDLab can learn how to conduct psychophysiological research (startle, ERP, imaging), diagnostic interviewing, and complete research in accordance with human subjects protections. It is expected that undergraduate research assistants commit to the lab for two semesters, work approximately 10 hours per week, and attend the weekly lab meeting.
How can I apply?
To apply for any position, please send Professor Baskin-Sommers an email (firstname.lastname@example.org
) with your CV attached and a brief statement of your interests. The MoDLab will respond to your inquiry as soon as is possible—please be aware that we do get a large number of applications at certain times of the year. Your patience is greatly appreciated.