Skills that are required to work in the IPSC include:
--statistics, data analysis, and experimental design
--proficiency with SPSS
--strong computer skills (MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel)
--strong writing skills
Preferred coursework includes:
--Experimental Psychology/Research Methods/Experimental Design
--Social Psychology (taken in a psychology department)
There are two types of positions in the IPSC. Post-Graduate Positions are for researchers who have earned a bachelor's degree or higher and Undergraduate Positions are for students who have not yet completed their bachelor's degree.
Graduate Research Assistant/Advisees
Graduate Research Assistants will be expected to commit at least 9 hours per week to service in the lab. Graduate Research Assistants meet once a week individually with Lab Director to discuss projects and professional development issues (such as professional goals, progress towards those goals, degree plans, and thesis). All Graduate Research Assistants and the Director meet as a group once a month to report project progress and to discuss professional development issues (such as how to construct a professional vita, how to write an IRB application, and the publication process). Additionally, Graduate Research Assistants may supervise Undergraduate Research Assistants.
Graduate Research Associate
Graduate Research Associates are researchers in the IPSC who are graduate students who work on laboratory projects on a limited basis.
Post-Graduate Research Associate
Post-Graduate Research Associates are researchers who have completed their master's degree, are not enrolled in graduate school, and conduct research in the IPSC. Post-Graduate Research Associates are expected to apply for grant funding as part of their duties.
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Undergraduate Research Assistants will be expected to commit at least 9 hours per week to service in the lab. Duties vary based on the current projects in the lab, but may include gathering materials, collecting and analyzing data, presenting research, and developing a research project. Knowledge of MS PowerPoint, Excel, SPSS, MediaLab software, DirectRT software, library databases, and Federal Human Subjects Regulations will be expected. Undergraduate Research Assistants meet once a week with the Lab Director during the school year to discuss projects and professional development issues (such as social psychology issues, applying to graduate school, professional organizations, student presentations, etc.). Positions are limited.