DAS Lab is hiring a new Lab Manager!

How to apply: email daslab@psych.ubc.ca with the subject line: Lab Manager Application. Please send us: 1) your statement of interest 2) CV and 3) transcript (unofficial)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The Depression, Anxiety, and Stress (DAS) Lab is a psychology research lab in the Department of Psychology that is working to better understand the onset, presentation, and course of depression and anxiety disorders in adolescents and adults. The DAS lab is looking to hire 1 lab manager. The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. LeMoult and her research team (1 postdoctoral scholar, 4 graduate students, and over 15 undergraduate and post-baccalaureate volunteers) to assist with ongoing research projects and lab operations. The DAS Lab prides itself on being a collaborative, dynamic, and interdisciplinary research group where students are at the heart of the lab’s success. Current projects are examining how stress affects the onset and maintenance of depression and anxiety disorders, with a specific focus on the transition from elementary school to high school, coping with COVID-19, and on comorbid depression and social anxiety disorder.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about and contribute to numerous aspects of the research process. In addition to the duties listed below, students are encouraged to suggest activities that might maximize their own learning experience or that help support their long-term goals.

Description of duties and responsibilities:

  • Schedule and attend lab meetings, during which research projects are discussed
  • Schedule and train new undergraduate Research Assistants on lab methods and study protocols
  • Prepare study marketing materials
  • Update the lab website with new research and personnel
  • Schedule participant sessions
  • Interact with research participants over email, over the phone, and if in-person research resumes in-person
  • Assist with data collection and data organization
  • Conduct literature reviews and summaries
  • Organize and maintain electronic and paper materials (e.g. clinical interviewing materials)
  • Organize and maintain data that have been collected
  • Implement activities to promote lab cohesion and team building

All duties will be directly supervised by Dr. LeMoult and senior lab members, and will be of moderate complexity. Regularly scheduled meetings with Dr. LeMoult and senior lab members will provide additional opportunities for feedback and mentoring.

Number of Openings: 1

Qualifications:

  • Education and Experience:
    – Student enrolled at UBC (preferred)
    – Previous research or lab experience is required
    – Previous experience working with vulnerable populations (e.g. youth, clinical populations) is an asset
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
    – Excellent interpersonal skills
    – Adherence to highest values of integrity and confidentiality
    – Excellent verbal and written communication ability
    – Excellent time management and organizational skills
    – Able to work collaboratively within a team environment
    – Willingness to take independent initiative when carrying tasks through completion
    – Flexible and detail-oriented

Availability: 15 – 20 hours per week, can start by June 1st 2021 latest.

Commitment: We require a minimum 1-year commitment

Orientation and Training:

  • Orientation to the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Lab procedures, manuals, logistics, and members, including postdoctoral fellow(s), graduate students, and research assistants
  • Completion of the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS-2) online tutorial
  • Introduction to the field of clinical psychology with particular focus on theory and research on stress and depression
  • Training on participant-tracking databases and software used in the lab (e.g. SPSS, e-prime, mindware psychophysiological equipment)
  • Training on study-specific protocols and roles

Mentorship, encouragement, and network opportunities:
Students will receive frequent mentorship and feedback. We will meet individually with each student to find out their career goals and tailor training and mentorship opportunities accordingly. We will then collaboratively set short-term and long-term goals for their employment, and will have weekly check-ins to assess progress. Verbal feedback will be provided weekly, and written feedback will be provided two times a term. Students will also be given one-on-one mentoring regarding graduate school and career advice. Toward this goal, the students will have the opportunity to network with members of the DAS lab, our collaborators in industry and in applied clinical settings, and members of the Department of Psychology as a whole.

  • Personal, Professional, and academic development:
    – Candidates will receive training in:
    – Study development and implementation: from brainstorming through publication
    – Experimental design
    – Clinical screening interviews, with the ultimate goal of learning gold-standard clinical interviewing techniques
    – Use of research equipment to collect eye-tracking and psychophysiological data (SHOULD IN-PERSON RESEARCH BE ALLOWED)
    – Protocol development
    – Communication skills (verbal and written)
    – Data management
    – Theoretical models and empirical evidence related to depression, anxiety, and stress
    – Interpersonal skills and team dynamics
  • Candidates will have the opportunity to achieve personal and professional development via:
    – Formal training workshops
    – On-the-job opportunities to practice and solidify newly learned skills
    – Weekly 1-hour lab meetings where students will have the opportunity to reflect on study decisions and contributions to the literature
    – Weekly individual mentorship meetings