BRAIN LAB Volunteer Research Assistant

Opportunity: BRAIN LAB Volunteer Research Assistant

The UBC Behavioral Reward, Affect, and Impulsivity Neuroscience (B.R.A.I.N.) Lab is looking for bright, hardworking student volunteers, with interests in mental health and its treatments, to assist with research projects involving psychiatric hospital patients with severe co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Successful candidates will be working directly with concurrent disorder inpatients. Tasks may include recruiting participants for research, leading research interviews, collecting, extracting, and entering data, and assisting with administrative duties. Five positions are currently available.We also welcome applicants with special interests in working in forensic psychology/psychiatry. Degree of involvement with forensic patients will depend on the applicant’s interest and comfort in the environment.


About the Lab:
The BRAIN Lab focuses on the psycho-neurobiological mechanisms underlying cognitive, affective, and stress-associated aspects of decision-making and impulsivity—specifically related to substance use disorders and concurrent mental disorders.


• At least 1-year of previous experience working in a lab
• Able to provide a strong reference from a former academic/research supervisor or course professor
• Interest in psychology, psychiatry, medicine, or neuroscience (interest in forensics is optional)
• Must be available for a minimum of 15 hours per week over the next 12 months with reasonable weekday availability (i.e., available from 10:30am to 4:30pm on at least two weekdays)
• Able to travel to the Red Fish Healing Center for Mental Health and Addiction in Coquitlam for scheduled shifts

This is an opportunity best suited for those looking to strengthen their involvement and training experiences related to mental health. Ideal candidates are individuals who are considering or planning to pursue graduate school in a related field.


For more information and for those interested, please send your resume/CV and a copy of your (unofficial or official) transcript to the research coordinator, using the following subject line: Volunteer RA Position ROAR – [First name] [space] [Last name] (e.g., Volunteer RA Position ROAR – Laura Schmid).