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Research Associate in Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

University of British Columbia

The Human Early Learning Partnership ( is a prominent interdisciplinary research centre with a focus on child development, situated within the School of Population and Public Health, in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, one of Canada's premier public research universities (

Under the supervision of Dr. Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl (HELP Faculty Affiliate, Associate Member in the School of Population and Public Health, Lead of the Social and Emotional Learning Research Lab, and PI of the Middle Years Development Instrument program of research) and with the support and mentorship provided by HELP faculty members as well as by research collaborators across UBC – the incumbent will conduct quantitative research on early adolescent development, drawing from theory and research on child health, social and emotional learning (SEL), resiliency, social determinants of health, and ecological perspectives on child and youth development. The Research Associate will have access to unique data sources, will conduct SEL intervention research, and work within an interdisciplinary research environment. The position primarily focuses on designing and conducting intervention research with early adolescents in the area of SEL and resiliency, data analysis, and manuscript writing for scientific/academic journals and other outlets; opportunities for contributing to teaching, grant writing, knowledge translation, and community presentations also exist.

HELP encourages applications from individuals who seek to develop an independent research career, and contribute to a research environment that seeks to produce and disseminate research evidence about actionable context factors related to child and youth health, social and emotional learning, and well-being, particularly during the early adolescent years.

• PhD in child development, human development, (developmental) psychology, or a related field, with a particular focus on early adolescence.
• Expertise and experience in a number of statistical methodologies, and confidence in conducting basic (e.g., regression, ANOVA) and advanced (e.g., multilevel modeling) statistical analyses using software such as R, Mplus, SPSS, Stats, SAS.
• Knowledge and some experience in using qualitative methodologies and analytic strategies;
• Strong foundation in research design and measurement (e.g., validity, reliability) in relation to developmental theory/social and emotional learning/risk and resiliency.
• Demonstrated interest and commitment to work in areas of social and emotional learning and well-being in children and youth;
• Enthusiasm for intellectual rigor and engagement;
• Excellent writing ability and publication record;
• Ability and willingness to work productively in a fast-paced and often demanding environment, with deadlines;
• Experience working in a team environment;
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Experience with project management is a plus.

This position will be responsible for access, collection, use and disclosure of personal information in accordance with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection pf Privacy Act (RSBC 1996) and other UBC privacy and security policies. This position requires employees to work under strict confidentially requirements; internal procedures and policies to protect personal information must be followed and adherence to these requirements will be regularly reviewed by the employer.

How to Apply:
Applications, accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae, a concise statement of research interests, names of three referees and represented publications should be directed electronically to: Cheryl Rubuliak, Human Resources & Administration Manager, at by August 28, 2020 at 4:30 PM PST.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.