Sensation, Perception, and Cognition Encephalography Laboratory

Join as a Researcher

There are three primary ways that you can join the research team: 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. 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, Neurobiology, Medicine, or a related discipline (e.g., for a Master's degree, a Ph.D., or an M.D.), and is willing to commit to at least one year of research for ~8-12 hours each week when school is in session (exceptions can be made for exam weeks). Previous research experience is potentially useful, but we will work with you to train you on the procedures and background material specific to our lab. Concurrent research in another laboratory is typically not feasible if you are also taking a full set of classes each term. Typically, students are not paid, receive research course credit in Psych 199.

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 Dr. Brewer 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, Neurobiology, or Neuroscience research laboratory (particularly in human or primate perceptual systems).


Post-Doctoral Researcher

There are currently no funded post-doctoral researcher positions available. If you are a postdoc with current personal grant funding or would like to apply for postdoc funding through the mindSPACE Lab, please contact Dr. Brewer to discuss your options.

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). 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

We will soon be looking for more researchsubjects for several different types of projects. Please check back in the near future!