We’re always looking for enthusiastic people to come do science with us! We especially encourage women and those from backgrounds poorly represented in STEM fields to apply to our lab- all are welcome. 

As a mentor, I endeavor to create an inclusive environment where everyone, regardless of their sex, gender, racial or ethnic identity, skin color, age, sexual orientation, parental status, economic background, religion, appearance etc., can achieve their fullest potential. My goal is to help launch my trainees into the career of their choosing. While in my lab, my goal is help trainees grow as scientists, academics, communicators, and humans.

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Post Docs

Click here for more information on how to apply for a postdoctoral position.

Desirable qualifications:

  • PhD in Neuroscience, Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering or other related field
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Desire to conduct cutting-edge research

To apply please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of two potential recommenders to Kate Wassum (kwassum@ucla.edu). Informal inquiries are encouraged.

Graduate Students

We take graduate students through the UCLA Neuroscience Interdepartmental program

Apply to the Neuroscience Program

We also take  students through the UCLA Psychology graduate programBehavioral Neuroscience or Learning & Behavior tracks.

Apply to the Psychology Program

Informal inquiries regarding the possibility of joining the lab as a graduate student are encouraged and should be directed to Kate Wassum (kwassum@ucla.edu).

Undergraduate Students

We are currently recruiting undergraduate research assistants to our lab!

To apply for an undergraduate research position in our lab please contact Dr. Kate Wassum (kwassum@ucla.edu). Please provide us with:

  1. Your CV (what’s a CV?)
  2. Information on why you are looking to do research in a lab, generally.
  3. Information on why you are particularly interested in our lab and what types of things you’d like to learn with us.
  4. Your overall goals for a research experience.
  5. Information on any of the UCLA DLAM or lab safety courses you have completed (it’s okay if the answer is none).
  6. Information on any prior research experience you have had (it’s okay if you haven’t had any)
  7. The time you are looking to invest in a research opportunity- hours/week and when this time is available and also longer-term (e.g., # of quarters).
  8. A brief <1 pg synopsis of one of our research papers that interests you (see our publications page).

We especially encourage those from backgrounds poorly represented in STEM fields to apply to our lab- all are welcome.

We take undergraduates from all areas of campus. Please contact your department directly for information about getting credit for research.

Funding is available to support undergraduate involvement in research.

Below are some helpful links for getting involved in undergraduate research and work study opportunities.

UCLA Undergraduate Research Center

UCLA Undergraduate Research Portal

Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities

UCLA Work-Study Office