Laboratory for Visual Neuroscience

Join as a Researcher

There are three primary ways that you can join the research team, in order from lowest to highest tier: as an undergraduate research assistant, as a graduate student, or as a post-doctoral researcher. Our lab is very much like a small, non-profit company whose funding is primarily from state and federal research grants and whose product is neuroscience research. Alyssa A. Brewer, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), is the Principle Investigator. All potential applicants must be motivated, dedicated, and comfortable working closely with a small group of other researchers under Dr. Brewer's leadership.


Undergraduate Research Assistant

The ideal undergraduate research assistant candidate has declared their major in cognitive sciences (psychology), is just beginning their 3rd (junior) year at UCI, has a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (higher is better), intends to go on to graduate school in Psychology or a related discipline (for a Master's degree or Ph.D.), and is willing to commit to two years of research for 8-12 hours each week when school is in session except finals weeks (summer work is also available). Previous research experience is potentially useful, however concurrent research in another laboratory is not possible if you are also taking a full set of classes each term. Typically, students are not paid, receive research course credit, and if they work for at a minimum of three terms (one academic year), receive a letter of recommendation that is critical for acceptance into graduate programs.

If you are interested in applying to be an undergraduate research assistant, please download this application and follow the instructions.


Graduate Student Researcher

In order to be a graduate student researcher, one must be a graduate student enrolled in the Cognitive Science or Cognitive Neuroscience Ph.D. programs at UCI. For information about becoming a graduate student, please visit the UCI Cognitive Sciences Graduate Program website. When applying, choose Alyssa A. Brewer, M.D., Ph.D., as a professor with whom you are interested in working. The ideal candidate has a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Psychology or a related field, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (higher is better), exceptional scores on all aspects of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE), excellent math (particularly statistics), programming (particularly Matlab), and communication skills (fluent written and oral English), and a minimum of two years of research experience in a Psychology research laboratory (particularly primate or human visual system research).


Post-Doctoral Researcher

There are currently no post-doctoral researcher positions available.

Participate as a Subject

We are constantly performing research on human subjects using psychophysics, behavioral genetics, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI; both functional and structural), primarily but not exclusively on the human visual system. Typically, we recruit subjects from the undergraduate and graduate students at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). However, we also perform research on other specific populations, such as normal aging adults or patients with particular diseases. All of our research is approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at UCI, which ensures that our subjects and their data remain safe and confidential. Our research is published in leading peer-reviewed research journals around the world, and we would not be able to do that without volunteers! If you are interested in being a subject, please contact us about one of the following research opportunities below.


Research Opportunities

All of the currently ongoing studies do not need any more subjects. Please check back in the future!