Risk and Decision Making Lab

Louisiana State University


The RANDM Lab is currently seeking graduate and undergraduate students to join the lab. We have openings for paid and volunteer positions. If you're interested in I/O psychology, risk-taking, judgment and decision-making, cognitive science, or statistics, please consider joining our lab! A list of openings can be found below:

Undergraduate Research Assistant (Paid)

We are looking to hire a part-time research assistant to join the lab. This position is funded by the National Science Foundation. The RA will be paid $15 per hour and expected to work between 10 and 15 hours per week. The RA will be involved in research related to workplace risk-taking. Your responsibilities will include literature review, conducting experiments, analyzing data, reviewing manuscripts, and managing the lab. The RA will be trained on critical research skills and have the opportunity to lead original research that could result in publications and presentations. The ideal candidate is curious, passionate, and has a knack for data/statistics. Students from underrepresented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Required Competencies:

  • Attention to detail

  • Written and oral communication

  • Familiarity in statistics and research methodology

  • At least 3.5 Cumulative GPA

  • Strong quantitative ability

Preferred Competencies:

  • Experience in computer programming (e.g., R or Python)

  • Experience in GitHub

  • Experience in Tableau/Power BI

  • Experience in Web Design

Undergraduate Research Assistant (Volunteer/For Credit)

You may volunteer for the lab or participate for course credit. To join, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. You do not, however, have to be a psychology major. Undergraduate research assistants will also be enrolled in either PSY2999 or PSY4999. Please obtain permission from Dr. Zhang before signing up. If you do not wish to take PSY2999 or PSY4999 credits but still want to volunteer as an RA, please speak with Dr. Zhang.

What will you do?

Research assistants in the RANDM Lab engage in a variety of tasks including, but not limited to the following:

  • Participate in lab meetings
  • Helping design studies
  • Run experiments in the lab
  • Develop computer programs
  • Conduct data analysis
  • Reviewing and editing manuscripts
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Etc.

Time Commitment

You are required to commit 3 hours of work per credit hour that you signed up for. Volunteer research assistants are expected to commit between 2~4 hours per week. As a research assistant, you may also be included as potential authors on research posters and papers, depending on your contribution. Two-semester commitment is required.

Ph.D. Student

The RANDM lab is currently accepting graduate applications for the Fall 2022 application cycle.

Students are encouraged to consider their fit with the lab by reviewing the research statements on the website as well as publications from the lab. This will give the prospective applicant a preview of the kind of research we are currently engaged with.

Competitive applicants who are a good fit for the lab should exhibit the following

  • Intense curiosity for research

  • Evidence-driven and have a knack for data/statistics

  • Interest in topics related to risk-taking, decision-making, and employee selection

  • Highly motivated and driven

Please visit the LSU Psychology Department website for more instructions on how to apply. if On your application, please list Dr. Don Zhang as the primary adviser.


If you are interested in getting involved with research with the RANDM Lab, please contact Dr. Zhang ([email protected]) or complete the application form below: