Join Us

The Social Emotional Laboratory is a research laboratory welcomes and provides opportunity for bright and motivated  undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars interested in the measurement and analysis of emotion and social connection.


Join Us as an Undergraduate

As a research assistant in the Social Emotional Laboratory, you will be working closely with other lab members  (including graduate students, postdocs, and Professor  Isbister) on one or more of our ongoing research projects. Your involvement may include subject scheduling and running the studies. In addition, you may be asked to enter data, help with data reduction using customized physiological data reduction software, data analysis, behavioral coding, preparing stimuli for projects, or doing literature reviews.

Research assistant positions are typically volunteer rather than paid. If all of this sounds intriguing, please send an email including your resume. Our lab members will review your application and will contact you if there was a good fit.

Join Us as a Graduate Student or Postdoctoral Fellow

Graduate students join the Social Emotional Laboratory via the masters or doctoral program in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, or computational media.  Here is a link to the registrar’s office page for more information on becoming a visiting student researcher.

Join Us as a Visiting Scholar

The Social Emotional Laboratory  benefits immensely from hosting visiting scholars. Previous scholars (from the United States, Europe, and Asia) have visited for periods ranging from a few months to a year or more. During these visits, visiting scholars have initiated collaborations that have continued well after their departure, and have made full use of the rich resources available at UC, Santa Cruz.

If you’d like to discuss the possibility of joining the Lab as a visiting scholar, please contact Professor Isbister.