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Dr. Morelli will accept new graduate students to join the lab in Fall 2018. Before applying, it is important to assess whether your research interests align with the ongoing projects in the lab and to think about how you might build and expand on the current lines of research. The lab is looking for applicants with a background in social, clinical, or developmental psychology; neuroscience; computer science; and/or economics. Ideal candidates will have expertise in fMRI data analysis, daily diary methodology, social network analyses, applied interventions, clinical assessments, and/or computing (e.g., programming in matlab or python). If you are interested in applying to the lab, please e-mail Dr. Morelli your CV and a summary of your research interests.


We have an opening for a postdoctoral scholar to begin in January 2018 or later, for a term of at least 2 years. In collaboration with the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab, the postdoc will work on a new program of research that examines empathy, social support,  and well-being in social networks. This project will integrate approaches from psychology, neuroscience, and network science to understand how social cognitive competencies predict the the structure and dynamics of social networks. 

Successful applicants should have a PhD in neuroscience, psychology, computer science, statistics/biostatistics, or mathematics. They should also have a strong background in the design and analysis of behavioral and fMRI experiments and/or skills in computational modeling of social and neural networks, as well as excellent communication and organizational skills. Applicants should send a CV, a statement of interest (maximum: 1 page), and 2 letters of reference to Dr. Morelli (smorelli@uic.edu).

Research Assistants


If you are interested in volunteering in the lab, we'd love to hear from you! To help get the most out of your experience, we ask that you be prepared to commit to 8-10 hours of research per week for a minimum of two semesters. As a research assistant, you will have the opportunity to coordinate and conduct behavioral and neuroimaging experiments. You will also assist with the recruitment, running, and payment of participants; stimulus and paradigm development; and data maintenance and analysis.  If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this application and e-mail it to uic.empathylab@gmail.com.