(photo of JHU's Peabody Library, where we wish we held our lab meetings)


This page contains information about positions currently available in the lab, including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, full-time staff members, and part-time undergraduate research assistants. 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 Chaz a note if you're interested in joining our group!



Graduate Students

We will be accepting applications for graduate students to start in the Fall 2018 semester.

To apply, be sure to take a look at the departmental admissions page. You should also check out the labs + work of other faculty members in the department (and other perception researchers in the Hopkins community more broadly); there are often opportunities for co-advising and/or collaboration. Note that our lab is located in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (not the also-awesome Department of Cognitive Science, which is right next door and is a great opportunity for cross-departmental collaboration).

If you're interested in joining our lab as a grad student, it may also be helpful to get in touch with Chaz before applying. (But, this is certainly not required — we will carefully consider any application!)


Postdoctoral Fellows

We are currently seeking a postdoctoral fellow. (Start date is flexible: as early as Summer 2017, as late as Fall 2018.)

This position is fully funded, and includes the opportunity for multi-year renewal. Specific research topics are flexible and are constrained only by shared interests with the lab, which studies how we see, how we think, and especially how seeing and thinking interact to produce sophisticated behavior.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in psychology or cognitive science, a record of published work related to the lab's interests, and strong programming skills. However, exceptional candidates with different skills or backgrounds (e.g., philosophy, computer science, neuroscience) who wish to conduct hands-on empirical work in cognitive and perceptual psychology will certainly be considered!

If you're interested in this position, please e-mail Chaz. A formal job advertisement and application portal is available here.


Undergraduate RA

We currently have openings for undergraduate 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! (Indeed, more interesting than anything else we can imagine doing...)

An RA in our lab may be involved in all aspects of research on perception (in particular) and how the mind works (in general), 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 10 hours or more per week to research in the lab — initially on a volunteer basis, and then for course credit. (We may also have funds to pay RAs for more concentrated help over the summer months, which could involve full workdays in the lab.)

Ideally, a research assistant in our lab would: (1) be excited about cognitive science and perception; (2) have some basic familiarity with research methods in psychology; 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 Chaz Firestone with answers to the following questions:

  1. What is your class year and major (if you have one) here at Hopkins?

  2. Why are you interested in getting research experience?

  3. What interests you most about psychology & perception? 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!).

  4. What relevant coursework or research experience have you had? (It's OK if the answer amounts to "not much".)

  5. Do you have any experience with computer programming? If not, are you willing and eager to learn?

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!