Come join us!

We are always interested in talented, motivated individuals to join the lab. Most of our research is technical--we build custom electronics, work with high-speed cameras and ultrasonic microphones and write custom computer programs for analyzing large datasets. 

While you don't have to be a trained computer programmer or electrical engineer to join the lab, some technical and computational competency is preferred, and an interest in these areas is required. We especially welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds that have traditionally been underrepresented in these fields. If you have the strong desire and motivation to succeed, you will be supported here. 

Most of our data collection is done in the field, especially during the summer at the Southwestern Research Station in Arizona.


Undergraduates interested in doing research in the Sensory and Movement Ecology lab should contact Dr. Corcoran by email to express their interest. Briefly describe why you'd like to join the lab. Please also send your resume/CV and highlight why you think you'd be a good fit for our research program. 

Master's students

I currently have research funding to support at least one Master's student to join the lab in fall 2020. Please email me if you are interested in joining the lab. Include a description of why you want to do a Master's degree with me, why you'd be a good fit and include a copy of your resume/CV.

More info about the Master's program can be found here. Download the Biology Graduate Handbook from the linked pages 6 and 7 for information about applying.

Postdoctoral Scholars

I currently have three years of funding from the National Science Foundation for a post-doctoral researcher to work in the lab on a collaborative project with Sharon Swartz at Brown University and Hamid Vejdani at Lawrence Technological University. The post-doc will play a central role in an interdisciplinary project to study bat flight in the context of natural predator-prey interactions. We will conduct anatomical and morphological studies of bat wings and flight muscle, detail the biomechanical basis of bat flight performance, and document the "rules" underlying success and failure in natural bat-insect interactions recorded over large volumes (100,000 cubic meters) in the field. This study combines empirical research in the field and lab with large-scale computational analyses and simulations of bat flight and predation. The post-doc will thus have diverse opportunities to develop new skillsets and direct their specific research interests. Anticipated start date is between January and May of 2020.

The most successful candidates will have some combination of the following:

  • A PhD in biomechanics or related field
  • Computational and technical experience analyzing large datasets
  • Peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience with computer programming and digital signal processing
  • Experience conducting research with animals. Working with bats or animal flight is a plus, but is not required
  • Ability to spend 6-8 weeks at the Southwestern Research Station conducting field work during summer.

Please email me your CV, a short description of your background, why you are interested in the project, and what makes you qualified for the position.

The position is based at UC Colorado Springs Department of Biology. There is also an opportunity for the candidate to spend at least some of their time at Brown University working in the Aeromechanics and Evolutionary Morphology Lab.

For full consideration, apply by December 1st, 2019. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Also, feel free to email me if you have questions about the position.