Robert D. Mather, Ph.D.

IPSC offers a steady and challenging career path in psychological research. We have tremendous opportunities for those self-starting people who are looking for a challenge and ready for change and high quality research experience. If you like a fast-paced, high performance work environment, consider IPSC.

To find out more contact Dr. Mather at:


Required Skills


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)

Lab Positions


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.


Post-Graduate Positions:


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 Positions:


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.




-Potential Course Credit
-Training on technology such as MediaLab, DirectRT, Winobj Virtual Reality, Eye Tracker, and Biopac (EEG, EMG)
-Opportunity for research grant writing
-Potential publication and presentation experience

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying to work in the IPSC, please e-mail a cover letter, curriculum vita, and statement of research interests (all as attachments) to the Lab Director at the e-mail address at the top of this page. Please use "IPSC Application" in the subject line of the e-mail. If selected as a candidate, candidates will be required to interview with the Lab Director before the final determination of selection for the position.

For IPSC Members


1) Materials Required for IPSC Members (see Laboratory Coordinator)

--Vision, Goals, and Values (must sign during first semester in lab)

--RA Privacy Agreement (must sign during first semester in lab)

--TA Privacy Agreement (must sign during first semester in lab)


2) Current vita required to be submitted to the Laboratory Coordinator each August.


3) Suggested thesis timeline

--Complete Experimental Psychology course in first semester

--Prepare thesis and complete formal proposal at the end of the second long semester

--Collect data during the third long semester

--Defend thesis during the fourth long semester