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Postdoctoral Researcher
National University of Singapore
Post-doctoral Position

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore

We are looking to hire a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher to join our Motivation and Self-Regulation Lab in the Department of Psychology at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The Postdoctoral Researcher will work with Dr. Patricia Chen to (1) investigate how adults, who are returning to school from the workforce, learn effectively, and to (2) test psychological interventions to facilitate this learning process. We are keen on working with a skilled and highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow, who can balance both the roles of an independent researcher and an amicable collaborator.

Position Description

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be based at NUS in Singapore. They will work in a multi-disciplinary team comprising of Dr. Patricia Chen, other faculty, and graduate students from different departments, on the project. The role of the Postdoctoral Researcher 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 Researcher will be expected to lead Research Assistants and graduate students effectively to conduct the research.

Ideal candidates should have extensive past experience conducting psychological research on the psychology of learning and classroom interventions. They should also have rigorous training in lab and field research, excellent statistical skills to carry out longitudinal data analysis on survey and behavioral data (e.g., multilevel modeling or structural equation modeling), and an established track record of publications in the form of peer-reviewed publications. The candidate must be self-motivated, mature, and have excellent interpersonal, communication, and time management skills. Applicants 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, explaining how their skills and long-term goals are a good fit for the position.

We invite all eligible and interested applicants to apply. The Postdoctoral Research position 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.


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 ranks top in global education rankings. 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 a three-year Postdoctoral Researcher position. The term of the appointment is renewable on a yearly basis for up to 3 years, pending satisfactory performance. We are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher who can start in August-September 2018.

Required Qualification

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Education, 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 15th July, 2018, for immediate consideration. Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Application Procedure

To apply for the position, please send the following materials to our Lab Manager, Ms Shuantae Ang, at


(1) Cover Letter (including a description of how your skills and research interests fit with what our lab is looking for),

(2) Curriculum Vitae,

(3) Names and contact information of 3 references who are familiar with your research and willing to write you a recommendation letter.


Please direct any inquiries regarding this position to Dr. Patricia Chen at

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.