Applying as a Research Assistant (updated 03/15/04)

The SPAN lab has a limited number of research assistant (RA) positions at any given time. Volunteering as an RA provides an ideal means of getting hands-on experience doing research and individualized mentorship from someone with advanced research training. All RAs typically work closely with a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow, as well as with Dr. Knutson. Because of the interdisciplinary, multimethod, collaborative nature of our research, signing on as an RA typically involves a minimum commitment of 9 hours a week (for credit, if desired) for two quarters. RAs who have worked in the lab for more than three quarters may decide to pursue an honors thesis or pilot project of their own. Skills that research associates have learned include: experimental design; data acquisition using psychometric, psychophysiological, and brain imaging methods; data analysis; and writing documents for publication. We're proud of our history of innovating new methods and paradigms that facilitate interdisciplinary research, and RAs have historically played key roles in these advances. Useful (but not necessary) background skills include: familiarity with the Linux OS, coding in Python or C, a background in neuroanatomy, and/or an interest in building new bridges between academic disciplines. In addition to arming you with research skills, the RA-ship provides professional preparation for those wishing to pursue a career in research (including recommendation letters).

If you are interested in exploring an intensive and rewarding research experience, email the following information to and we'll contact you shortly thereafter. Thanks for your interest!

Relevant Experience (in a sentence or short list)
Research Goals (in one to three sentences)
Interest in Specific Projects (if any, more details available on our publications and press pages.)
Curriculum Vitae or Resume (with references)
Best Mode/Time for Contact