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

Participate!

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.

Lab Coordinator

The Morality Lab is seeking a full-time Lab Coordinator, with a two-year commitment. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position has been filled, with the position starting as early as November 2019 and no later than May 2020.

Job responsibilities will include:
-Supporting the research of graduate students and postdocs – maintaining and developing lab software/analysis scripts (e.g., in Matlab, R, Javascript, Python), assisting in data collection and analysis (e.g., fMRI, TMS, online experiments), and assisting with manuscript editing and grant writing
– Managing undergraduate research assistants – recruiting, training, mentoring, and managing undergraduate students, during the academic year and summer
-Handling administrative duties for the lab – managing finances, purchasing equipment, obtaining human subjects approval, recruiting and scheduling subjects, planning lab meetings and larger multi-lab grant-based events, maintaining documentation of lab practices, and updating lab and grant websites.
-Conducting original research – the lab coordinator will have the opportunity to design, conduct, publish, and present original research projects.

This position is ideal for individuals interested in applying to graduate school in psychology, neuroscience, or an adjacent field. The lab coordinator will obtain valuable research experience, as a core member of a collaborative research group. All previous lab coordinators have published their work from the lab.

Candidates should have a B.A./B.S. in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, or a related field. Candidates should also have prior research experience, strong quantitative skills, and knowledge of the statistical methods and experimental designs that are commonly used in behavioral and/or neuroimaging research. Candidates should be highly organized, independent and eager to learn new skills on their own, and able to work well with others, as effective and patient communicators. The ideal candidate will have prior experience with computer programming (e.g., in Matlab, R, Javascript, Python), though we will also consider applicants who can demonstrate a strong commitment to learning how to code.

To apply, please email Josh Hirschfeld-Kroen (hirschjh@bc.edu) and Liane Young (liane.young@bc.edu) with a CV (titled as ‘LastName_CV’) and a statement explaining current and future research interests as well as specific interests in joining the Morality Lab. Please also provide contact information for two references and include “Morality Lab Coordinator Application” in the subject line of any correspondence.

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

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.