Lab Manager: Psychosocial Flourishing and Health Lab

Principal Investigator: Dr. Eric Kim

This position is for a paid part-time (i.e., 15-20 hours/week) position as Lab Manager for the Psychosocial Flourishing and Health Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of British of Columbia.

Several societies are experiencing rapidly aging populations around the world. For example, in both Canada and the United States, the number of adults aged ≥65 is projected to increase by 45%-55% in the next 15 years. As populations age, identifying factors that foster maintenance of healthy aging into later life is crucial for improving the psychological-, social-, and physical-health of our rapidly growing older adult population.

Research in our lab is focused on identifying, understanding, and intervening upon the dimensions of psychological well-being that reduce the risk of age-related conditions. This research also aims to understand the influence that the social environment has on the connection between psychological well-being and physical health. The lab’s research integrates perspectives from psychology (health, clinical, developmental, social, personality), gerontology, social epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, and translational science.

The successful candidate will work closely and directly with a team consisting of: 1) a principle investigator, 2) postdoctoral fellow, 3) graduate student, 4) and collaborators in several other disciplines.

This position is an excellent opportunity for people who are willing to work hard in order to simultaneously 1) produce high-quality science that builds knowledge and informs interventions and 2) gain training/experience that will help the candidate apply for graduate school. Five of the last six undergraduates who have worked with our group have gone onto Ph.D., M.D., and M.D./Ph.D. programs at the following Universities: University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard University. The sixth trainee is still currently working with our lab.

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing and overseeing the daily activities of our (temporarily virtual) lab. Due to COVID-19 all our lab members are, and will continue, working remotely until both our University and British Columbia public health officials (e.g., Dr. Bonnie Henry) indicate it is safe to physically return to our offices.

Responsibilities of the lab manger include, but are not limited to: assisting with literature reviews, other duties related to manuscript preparation and submission, conducting background research for grant applications, creating and maintaining a lab email account/website, reserving spaces (e.g., conference rooms) for meetings and presentations (post COVID-19), helping prepare conference presentations and progress reports, and attending and contributing to lab meeting discussions (e.g., sharing ideas, providing feedback on presentations and papers, participating in career development exercises in-between lab meetings). The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to present posters and publish journal articles with our lab. This is a two-year position with a preferred start date of: September/October, 2020.

Basic Qualifications

  • Undergraduate student enrolled at the University of British Columbia
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Excellent ability to work both independently (self-directed problem-solver) and collaboratively in a fast-paced and collegial research environment
  • Excellent communication-, interpersonal-, and organizational-skills
  • Familiarity with online research tools and search databases (e.g., PsycInfo, PubMed, Google Scholar)

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • At least one-year of related experience
  • Interest in aging
  • Interest in the interface between psychological factors and physical health

For further information, contact jnakamura@psych.ubc.ca

Please submit the Application Form (MS Word) to Julia Nakamura at: jnakamura@psych.ubc.ca.

Deadline for applications: September 24th, 2020

Thank you for your interest in joining our lab!