Job Detail

Open Until Filled
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
National University of Singapore
Fellowships/Post-docs: Post-doctoral

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore


We are looking to hire two full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellows to join our Motivation and Self-Regulation Lab in the Department of Psychology at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The postdocs will work with Dr. Patricia Chen to (1) investigate how students at different education levels approach their learning, and (2) design and test psychological interventions to promote effective learning. We are keen on working with highly skilled and motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellows who can balance both the roles of an independent researcher and an amicable collaborator.

Position Description

The Postdoctoral Research Fellows will be primarily based at the National University of Singapore in Singapore. They will support grant-funded research examining how effectively students at the Secondary and Junior College levels (equivalent to American middle and high school levels) are regulating and managing their learning. The role of the Postdoctoral Research Fellows is to design, conduct, and analyze surveys, interviews, laboratory or online experiments, and field interventions in classrooms. They should and be well-verse in all, if not most, of these skills. The Postdoctoral Research Fellows will be expected to assist with grant management, and to lead Research Assistants and graduate students effectively to conduct the research. They will also communicate with school administrators, teachers, parents, and representatives from the Singapore Ministry of Education.

Ideal candidates should have extensive past experience conducting research on the psychology of learning and classroom interventions. They should have rigorous training in lab and field research, excellent statistical skills to carry out cross-sectional and longitudinal data analysis on survey and behavioral data (e.g., multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling), familiarity with designing and administering surveys, and an established track record of peer-reviewed publications. The candidates must be self-motivated, mature, and possess excellent interpersonal, communication and time management skills. Those who may have other skills and training that are directly relevant to the success of this project (e.g., strong social psychology background), are also welcome to apply. We request that all applicants explain in their cover letters what relevant prior experiences and skills they have, and how their long-term goals are a good fit for the position.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is an excellent opportunity to publish in top tier journals, to develop skills in conducting research that has real-world implications for learners, to work in a multi-disciplinary team, and to mentor younger students. There may also be some opportunities to teach some classes at the National University of Singapore during the fellowship. We invite all eligible and interested applicants to apply for these fellowships, including international applicants and locally-based applicants.

Why You Should Be Excited About Working With Us

The Motivation and Self-Regulation Lab studies the mindsets and behaviors that promote learning, performance, and well-being. We design and test psychological interventions that address the challenges that people face, with the goal of helping them achieve their educational, professional, and well-being goals. To understand the kind of research that we specialize in, please visit our lab website ( to find out more.

The National University of Singapore is the flagship university of Singapore, a vibrant, cosmopolitan city-state that is one of the top-ranking Asian universities globally. We value cutting-edge research and interventions to foster better learning and instructional excellence. Moreover, the best parts of living in metropolitan Singapore are the high quality of life, clean and safe living environments, and a well-educated, bilingual population (where English is the official language).

Appointment Period

We have funding for up to five years for each Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, pending satisfactory performance on a yearly basis. We would like each funded Postdoc to commit to the position for at least 2 years. The five years of funding provides a good buffer for well-performing candidates to stay longer if they wish. Candidate should preferably start in July or August 2019.

Required Qualification

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Educational Psychology, or a related discipline by the time of appointment. We welcome applicants from other fields of study if they have the relevant skills to conduct surveys, experiments, and interventions on the psychology of learning among adults.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We encourage you to apply by 30th March, 2019. Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Application Procedure

To apply for the position, please send the following materials to Dr. Patricia Chen at

(1) Cover Letter (including a description of how your skills, research interests, and long-term goals fit with the position),

(2) Curriculum Vitae,

(3) Copies of 2 research papers that you have led to provide samples of your writing, and

(4) Names, affiliations, and contact information of 3 recommenders who are familiar with your research and character.


NOTE: The above information is provided by the employer. The Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc. does not verify the accuracy of these statements.