Volunteer In The Lab

Volunteering in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Thought Lab is a rewarding position in that you will gain experience in a lab and work setting as well as valuable insight into research methods. We are looking for motivated individuals whose presence will be beneficial to overall lab productivity. Therefore lab members are expected to participate and contribute in group efforts as well as being capable of working independently towards personal and lab goals. Members must be able to quickly learn the concept of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. Lastly, volunteers must be relatively computer savvy as all work is done on computers. Programming experience is not necessary but would be extremely beneficial as it is essential for this line of research.

Lab Volunteer Policy

Volunteers are evaluated one month after joining the lab and at the end of each academic session to review the individual’s accomplishments.

Applications should be sent to christofflab@psych.ubc.ca with the following informaion:.

  • Your CV
  • Recent academic transcript
  • A letter detailing your interests, intentions, and capabilities

Please note that due to the volume of applications we might not have time to respond to all requests.

Graduate Students

Graduate level applicants are typically reviewed shortly after the formal admissions deadline (Jan 15). Here is some advice for prospective students:

  • Experience in neuroimaging will be a great plus when you apply, so if you have the option, definitely get involved in a research lab that does neuroimaging as part of your undergraduate or research experience..
  • Make sure to apply through the UBC Psychology department (see also the UBC Psychology Admission Requirements)
  • Make sure to apply for government sources of funding for your grad studies (NSERC or SSHRC)
  • Grades are very important both in getting funding, as well as in decisions for admission — so make sure to get as good grades as possible in the remaining courses.
  • GRE scores are also very important — make sure to study hard for the GRE and get something in the high 80s and preferably 90s (none of your scores should be lower than 80).
  • Letters of recommendation are also very important. Make sure to ask recommenders who not only have good things to say about you, but also know you enough to be able to provide detail in their letters about you.
  • If you’re interested in being a graduate student in our lab, try to come and meet lab member or Dr. Christoff at conferences (we typically attend CNS, SFN, HBM, and a number of other conferences). See the following APS Observer article on how to obtain strong letters of reference.


Potential post-doctoral candidates are encouraged to contact us at christofflab@psych.ubc.ca and indicate their interest in working in the lab.

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