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FYI. Postdoctoral fellowship at UBC

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position: University of British Columbia

The Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Applicants can be either Canadian or non-Canadian citizens. The successful candidate will be employed to work primarily under the supervision of Dr. Jessica Tracy in the Emotion and Self Lab, in connection with a federally funded CIHR Operating Grant on self-conscious emotions and addictive behaviors. The position is expected to commence in September 2016, but may start earlier if preferred. Review of applications will start April 10th, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. The post is a full-time position for a minimum of one year, with the possibility for renewal up to one additional year contingent upon exemplary progress.
The post involves three main components: (1) data analysis and writing up results from a large-scale longitudinal study examining the social, emotional, personality, and nonverbal behavioral predictors of recovery from alcohol addiction; (2) designing follow-up research and beginning pilot data collection, and (3) contributing to Dr. Tracy’s overall program of research on emotions and self by leading and conducting new projects on this and related topics. The Fellow will be working in part with data collected from a sample of recovering alcholics involving the assessment of emotions (via self-report, behavioral coding, and cortisol reactivity), personality, and social behaviors, and examining effects of these predictors on a range of outcomes, including health and relapse, over time. Responsibilities include conducting data analyses, assisting in the training and mentoring of affiliated graduate and undergraduate researchers, contributing to the writing of scientific manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and contributing to research design for new projects. The ideal candidate will have a strong record of research productivity and experience in social, personality, and/or health psychology, experience conducting experimental and/or longitudinal research, and a solid grasp of commonly used statistical techniques and software (e.g., SPSS or other statistical packages). Prior experience in, and/or knowledge of, research on emotions, links between social behavior and emotions, and/or addiction is highly desirable.
Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in Psychology or a related discipline (or expect to have completed their Ph.D. defence no later than August 30th, 2016). To apply, send an email with the subject line ‘Post-doc Application’ to jltracy@psych.ubc.ca with a single document including a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information (phone and email) for 3 professional referees who have agreed to be contacted, and up to 3 representative publications (re-prints or preprints) as separate files. The base salary for this position is $40,000 Cdn/year plus benefits for the candidate and any eligible dependents. Salary and benefits are commensurate with standards set by the University of British Columbia and the Canadian Institute for Health Research. The successful candidate will also receive a travel allowance of $1,200/year to attend conferences or scholarly meetings. Research-associated costs will be covered by the research supervisor’s grant. See here for info about postdoc benefits eligibility.


UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity in its community. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. For additional information visit the UBC Department of Psychology website, the Emotion and Self Lab, and the Postdoctoral Fellows Office at UBC. Note that if the successful applicant is neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident of Canada he or she must be issued a work permit prior to commencing the position. The department administrator will work with Faculty Relations to provide a letter that the candidate will need to apply for a work permit. Further information on the work permit process for postdocs can be found on the UBC Faculty Relations website.