Health and Adult Development Lab

The UBC Health and Adult Development Lab GRIP Team is looking for 3-5 Volunteer Research Assistants to join us! The current project will be relevant if you’re looking for experience working with community participants in a research setting.

The GRIP Project is currently investigating how partners can help each other accomplish goals that are difficult to realize alone. The goal is to provide a deeper understanding of the strategies that couple use to solve everyday problems individually and together as a team.

The role will involve running participant sessions with older adults, as well as other tasks critical to the study. Volunteers as part of the GRIP team will be trained in how to operate various tasks and equipment such as heart rate monitors and Inquisitlab.

Positions are available immediately and will continue throughout the entire 2019-2020 winter term. Applicants should:

  • Be passionate about research in Psychology and be willing to commit for an extended period, at least until the end of the 2019-2020 winter term.
  • Be able to dedicate blocks of time (3-4 hours) to run participant sessions at the UBC Point Grey campus throughout the upcoming winter term
  • Be able to commit to volunteering between 10-20 hours a week on weekdays to run sessions.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn new skills and commit them to memory
  • Work well with guidance but also be an independent problem solver
  • Have strong communication skills in English

While not critical, participants with the following qualities will be preferred:

  • An average of >75% in your undergraduate degree
  • Past research experience, especially in positions where you interact with participants
  • Be able to speak/write Mandarin and/or Cantonese with a high degree of proficiency.
  • Demonstrate experience working with older adults or other jobs in service settings.

Positions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Qualified candidates may be invited for a meeting to see if they would be a good fit for the project. As part of your application, please send:

  • A cover letter no longer than 1 page in length, detailing your motivations for applying for a research position. If you feel you have relevant details not described in your CV, please include it here as well.
  • A CV/Resume no longer than 2 pages in length, highlighting how you match the above qualities
  • An unofficial transcript (screenshot of SSC). If you have transferred from another institution, please include a copy of those transcripts too.

All questions/applications should be addressed to the study coordinator, Alex Lau (just Alex is fine!) at More information about the GRIP project and our lab can also be found at If you’re interested, please apply now!



Deadline: 2019-12-31