Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Adolescent Development and Technology Engagement


Faculty of Education

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
in Adolescent Development and Technology Engagement


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
  • Area of Expertise: Developmental Psychology (Adolescence), Statistical Methods for Longitudinal data
  • Salary = $60,000 per annum plus benefits

We invite applications for a one-year, with possible extension to a second year, full time Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in Adolescent Development and Technology Engagement within the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS) at The University of British Columbia (UBC). The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Prof. Jenna Shapka, Director of the Developmental Change and Technology (DCTech) Laboratory, and Department Head of ECPS. The position will primarily involve analyzing data from two recently completed CIHR-funded studies: 1) a four-year longitudinal quantitative study; and 2) an ambulatory (experience sampling method) study that involved both quantitative and qualitative data.  Contributions to report and publication writing would also be expected and encouraged.   In addition, the successful applicant will support a new SSHRC-funded research project, which involves several studies looking at how adolescents self-regulate their technology use, including supporting (online) data collection and managing study databases.

Candidates should hold, or expect to hold by the time of appointment, a doctoral qualification in a relevant domain of measurement and/or developmental psychology, and have extant research experience. Sound knowledge of quasi-experimental design, ambulatory research methods, as well as expertise using advanced statistical methods for longitudinal data (e.g. latent growth modelling) will be critical for this position.  The successful applicant will also possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

The salary is $60,000 CDN per annum plus eligible benefits. The work will be based out of ECPS at UBC (Vancouver).  Given the Covid-19 pandemic, working remotely may be required; however, the successful candidate must physically reside in Canada in order to be eligible for this appointment.

Start Date: as soon as possible

Please address informal enquiries to Professor Jenna Shapka (

Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, the deadline for applications is October 15th 2020. Interested applicants are asked to send a letter of application outlining (i) their interest in the position, including relevant expertise and experience, (ii) a copy of their curriculum vitae, (iii) up to 2 publications or reports that best reflect your knowledge and writing, as well as (iv) email contact information for three referees, directly to Professor Shapka at

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.