Post-doctoral fellow

We have an open position for a post-doctoral fellow to begin in 2019 (flexible start date). The lab uses behavioral and neuroimaging techniques to study the mechanisms of psychotic disorders. We are particularly interested in characterizing abnormal sensory and motor processes and understanding their relevance for clinical symptoms. Many of our current projects focus on visual perception and eye movements. In this position, post-docs will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing NIH-funded research and to develop independent studies within the broader aims of the lab. Requirements include a Ph.D. in clinical or cognitive psychology, neuroscience, or a related field. Applicants should have a strong publication record, experience with human neuroimaging, eye tracking, and/or visual psychophysics, and programming skills. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work independently, and experience conducting research with clinical populations (although this is not required).

Interested applicants should apply via the Careers @ MSU webpage ( include all required application materials:

  1. Cover letter explaining professional developmental goals and research focus
  2. CV
  3. Names and email addresses of three references

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

Questions can be directed to Dr. Katy Thakkar at

Research Assistant

We have an open position for a research assistant for a funded project investigating the neural basis of 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 a related discipline. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in many aspects of the study and in general lab management, including maintaining ethical protocols, recruiting and scheduling participants, and collecting, organizing, and analyzing study data. The research assistant will also have the opportunity to prepare scientific results for publication and presentation. 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 disorders, 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). Experience in a clinical research setting is highly desirable. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) is essential. Experience using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and MATLAB is preferred. Training in diagnostic interviewing methods, neuropsychological testing, and neuroimaging data analysis will be provided. Preference will be given to those who can commit to two years of service. The start date is flexible, but April or May 2019 is preferred.

Interested applicants should apply via the Careers @ MSU webpage ( and include all required application materials:

  1. One page letter of interest, including career goals/plans
  2. CV/resumé
  3. 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

Undergraduate Students

We are always looking for undergraduate students interested in our work to join the lab. You must be able to commit a minimum of 10 hours per week. To join, please send a CV, unofficial transcript, and a one page letter of interest to Rachael Slate ( If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Current Undergraduate Students