Research Assistants

Research Assistants

Summer 2024

Dr. Yuko Munakata’s Cognition in Context lab is looking for detail-oriented, motivated, and responsible research assistants to start this summer! Research assistants will be closely involved assisting in all phases of the research process. This unique opportunity will provide research assistants hands-on research experience and skills essential for graduate school and careers in and out of academia.

We are currently hiring for several projects, including:

  • EEG and eye tracking with 6-9 year old children
  • Behavioral testing and eye tracking with 4-5 year old children
  • Behavioral testing and eye tracking with 9-12 year old children

The lab is hiring both volunteers and research assistants working for course credits. However, if your ability to accept a position starting in the summer would be contingent on pay, please let us know in your application so that we can review available options to support you. Candidates must be willing to commit to a minimum of six hours per week for at least two quarters, and candidates with availability to commit to more than two quarters will be highly considered. Prior research experience or experience working with children is preferred but not required.

To apply, send your resume, unofficial transcript, and a statement of interest that briefly summarizes your interest in the lab’s research, any relevant experience, and your future goals to In your email, please also indicate which of the project(s) listed above you are most interested in. NOTE: We will review applications as they arrive and continue until the positions are filled.

General Information

Gain valuable experience in a fun work environment! Our lab explores the relationship between brain development and cognitive development. Responsibilities are geared toward students’ abilities and interests, and may include: working with parents and children, helping to design research studies, running experiments, engaging in community outreach, conducting literature reviews, and participating in scientific discussions in lab meetings. Prior experience with children, computers, and/or audio/visual equipment is a plus.

We typically ask for a minimum of six hours per week or 60 hours a quarter for at least two quarters. This allows you and the lab group to benefit from your training and skills. We accept students either as volunteers or working for credit. Each credit is equivalent to 30 hours of work per quarter.  

If you are interested, please send your resume, unofficial transcript, a statement of interest, and contact information for two references to

research assistants working in our lab