Joining the Lab

New team members at the undergraduate or research assistant level will be selected on the basis of five criteria:

  • Academic Performance as suggested by grades in course work and professional recommendations. *Please provide additional information in your cover letter if you feel like these measures are not representative of your qualifications.
  • Technical Proficiency  including computer use (MS Office Suite, statistical analysis tools, programming, etc.),  organization of databases and documents, scheduling, planning for deadlines, etc.
  • Research Interests which should be broadly related to the psychology and/or neuroscience of social cognition and/or emotion. The PAC-Lab conducts both behavioral and neuroscience research, but it is not necessary to be interested in both.
  • Availability/Commitment Research requires time. Applicants without 8 hrs/wk of availability and at least 1 semester of commitment (ideally 1 year) will not be considered.
  • Motivation/Initiative. Research assistants are anticipated to take ownership over projects and to see them through to completion or to a reasonable milestone (note that the typical lifespan of projects can be anywhere from 6 months to 2+ years).

Still interested? Please email Professor Satpute at:

Please include the following in your message: (i) a curriculum vitae, (ii) a brief statement of intent (what are your short-term and long-term goals as related to work in the lab), (iii) a brief statement of research interests.

Participating in Research

If you would like to participate in one of our paid research studies, please email us at to inquire about current opportunities.

Lab location: Lincoln-Edmunds 3129, Pomona College
Lab phone number: (909) 607-7734