open positions

We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive lab culture, and welcome scientists of all genders, races, sexual orientations, and backgrounds. We especially encourage applications from individuals from groups that are typically underrepresented in academia and STEM fields. Our lab is a very supportive place, and we recruit new lab members with the goal of maintaining a nurturing and productive environment.

The lab is not actively recruiting a postdoc at this time. However, we are always interested in working with talented researchers. Please email Leyla ( about potential openings and collaborations.

Graduate students

I am not planning to recruit new PhD students as their primary advisor for Fall 2023, and unlikely to accept new MA students. The Cognitive Science PhD program is highly collaborative, and I'd encourage you to reach out to other faculty members of interest.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

We are committed to mentoring talented undergraduate RAs from a range of backgrounds. Students can complete research for credit or they can apply for summer funding via PURA (due Feb 1) or a KSAS research award (due Feb 15). We commit to working with accepted students to submit their summer funding applications. 

We are currently recruiting one undergraduate research assistant for Summer 2022 to work on a project investigating brain mechanisms underlying social perception in adults with autism. Students should be highly motivated and have coding skills. Some neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI) experience is a plus, but not necessary. If interested, please email Prof. Isik ( with a brief description of your background and/or resume/CV. Research can be completed for pay or credit. We are also committed to helping students apply for future funding applications, including the PURA and KSAS research award.