Full Time Research Assistant

Our lab is seeking to hire a Research Assistant for a funded project investigating abnormal visual perception in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The ideal candidate will have strong organizational and interpersonal skills and a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, or related discipline. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in many aspects of the study including recruiting and scheduling participants, performing clinical interviews, collecting behavioral and neuroimaging data, and organizing and analyzing study data. In addition, this position will involve general lab management, including maintaining ethical protocols. The research assistant will also have the opportunity to prepare scientific results for publication and presentation. Finally, there will the opportunity to participate in mental health outreach activities. There will be ample opportunity to learn novel methods in functional neuroimaging, vision science, and clinical science; accordingly, this position should be viewed as a stepping stone toward gaining entry into graduate or professional school.  The ideal candidate should be highly motivated and capable of working independently.  Individuals interested in the biological basis of mental health conditions, neuropsychology and/or neuroscience, and neuroimaging are especially encouraged to apply.  The position requires a high level of interpersonal skills, organization, attention to detail, and problem-solving abilities.  Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field (i.e. neuroscience) and previous (undergraduate or post-undergraduate) experience in human-subjects research.  Experience in a clinical research setting is highly desirable.  Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) is essential.  Experience using RedCap and statistical analysis software (e.g. SPSS or R) is desired, but not necessary.  Training in diagnostic interviewing methods, neuropsychological testing, and data collection and analysis will be provided. 

Preference will be given to those who can commit to two years of service. The start date is flexible, but June or July 2021 is preferred. 


We strongly believe that science is a team effort and that diversity within this team is integral to creativity and discovery. As such, we encourage applications from those individuals who identify as members of marginalized or historically disadvantaged groups. We strive towards creating an inclusive lab climate and a training environment that supports the needs of all individuals. 


Interested applicants should e-mail Dr. Katy Thakkar at kthakkar@msu.edu and include all required application materials:


1) 1-2 page letter of interest, including interests and long-term career goals/plans. As part of this letter, please feel free to describe any challenges or obstacles that you have overcome.

2) CV/resumé

3) Transcript (unofficial or official)

4) Contact information (phone and email address) for three individuals who can provide a reference


Applications will be reviewed starting immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Any questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Katy Thakkar at kthakkar@msu.edu