If you would like to become involved in our research, please refer to the following sections below:
For participants
For undergraduate RA positions
For graduate student positions
For postdoctoral associate positions


The Morality Lab is currently recruiting volunteers for an fMRI study on social cognition. The study will take place at the MIT Martinos Center in Cambridge.

During the scan, you will be asked to read about people’s behaviors, then make judgments about them.

You will spend about 1.5 hours in the MRI scanner, and 1 hour preparing for the scanner and completing questionnaires. If you choose to participate, you will receive $60 for your participation.

We are currently recruiting participants who:
-are right-handed, ages 18-35, native speakers of English
-have no ferromagnetic metals or electrically activated materials in/on the body
-have no history of psychiatric disorders or neurological trauma

If you are interested, please fill out the survey at the following link: https://capricorn.bc.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=NHF9CJR7Y3.

If you would like to participate in any of our other studies, please email the lab so that you can be added to our participant pool mailing list. Note: we currently only recruit participants from the Boston area.

Undergraduate Student

How to apply
We encourage students who are interested in joining our lab to familiarize themselves with our research (see Publications). If you are interested in becoming an undergraduate research assistant in our lab, you should first follow the directions for the specific posting for which you are applying. Otherwise, please email Josh Hirschfeld-Kroen with your CV and the following information:

  • your name
  • your year
  • your major
  • your GPA (overall and major)
  • psychology/biology classes that you’ve taken and/or are currently taking
  • why you’re interested in joining our lab
  • whether you have prior research experience
  • what software programs (e.g., Excel, SPSS, MATLAB, etc.) you are familiar with
  • whether you have computer programming experience
  • and any other information you would like us to know

Note to those interested in writing a senior thesis: our lab policy requires students interested in writing a senior thesis to volunteer in our lab as a research assistant for at least 2 semesters prior to their senior year.

Graduate Student

The lab is accepting applications for graduate students!

Please contact Liane Young or Josh Hirschfeld-Kroen for more information about becoming a graduate student.

Postdoctoral Associate

The Morality Lab is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position has been filled, with the position starting as early as January 2019 and no later than July 2019. This position is fully funded for two years (minimum starting salary $50,004, in accordance with the Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act), with a possible extension to a third year.

Graduate students and postdocs in the Morality Lab research diverse topics related to social and moral cognition: for example, the role of reasoning in moral thought and action, the involvement of theory of mind across social and relational contexts (e.g., cooperation vs competition), social learning and prediction error, the function of punishment versus partner choice, and the tradeoff between principles of moral obligation and impartiality. The lab uses behavioral methods, fMRI, and TMS, in both typical and atypical populations, adults and children. Learn more by visiting http://moralitylab.bc.edu/.

Candidates of any background are encouraged to apply, but ideal candidates may have experience with neuroimaging techniques and analysis (SPM, FSL, etc.) and/or computational models of cognition, as well as strong quantitative and programming skills (e.g. MATLAB, Python, R). Candidates whose work bridges disciplines (e.g. between cognitive and social neuroscience) may also be particularly suited for this position.

Interested applicants should submit a CV, cover letter with statement of research interests (1-2 pages), contact information for three potential references and up to two first-authored representative publications. Reference letters will be requested from short-listed applicants.
Please send your application materials, ideally as a single PDF document, to Josh Hirschfeld-Kroen (hirschjh@bc.edu) and Liane Young (liane.young@bc.edu).

Review of applications will start immediately and proceed until the position is filled. Women, LGBTQ and under-represented minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Boston College is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.