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).
There are currently no post-doctoral researcher positions available.