Job Availability: Research Assistant

Roles & Responsibilities

The Motivation and Self-Regulation Lab at National University of Singapore, directed by Dr. Patricia Chen, is hiring two full-time Research Assistants to begin in July 2019. We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated individuals who are passionate about using psychological research to improve education in Singapore. The Research Assistants will work closely with Dr. Patricia Chen, Postdoctoral Researchers, and graduate students to support, design and conduct our grant-funded research.

Our lab studies the mindsets and behaviors that lead to effective learning, performance, and high well-being. We design and test social psychological interventions that address the challenges that people face, with the goal of helping them achieve their educational goals. The projects that the Research Assistants will support focus on (1) investigating how students in Singapore at the Secondary and Junior College levels approach their learning, and (2) testing psychological interventions to promote effective learning.

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The Research Assistants will have the opportunity to be involved in multiple phases of the research process, and to work with senior members of the lab (graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty). Primary responsibilities include: establishing and maintaining partnerships with local and international schools, recruiting participants, collecting data in the lab, online, and field sites, managing and analyzing data, and performing administrative duties (e.g., assisting with IRB protocols, managing the grant expenses).

The ideal candidates would have substantial experience conducting social psychological experiments, survey research, recruiting subjects, collecting data in the lab, collecting data in classrooms, performing data analyses, and writing empirical papers. A strong statistical background and some programming skills (e.g., with SPSS, R, Qualtrics, e-prime, excel) is desirable, but not all required. The candidates must be self-motivated, mature, and possess excellent interpersonal, communication, and time management skills. The Research Assistants will also be asked to help with administrative and logistical responsibilities (such as grant management and coordinating classroom studies in schools). We have high standards for our Research Assistants, and we expect them to maintain a high degree of conscientiousness and a positive attitude in their work.

SingPass holders may also apply directly through WDA.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences National University of Singapore

  • Add: The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5
  • 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
  • Level 5 (Undergraduate) & Level 6 (Graduate)
  • Fax: +65 6777 0751
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