Postdoctoral Fellow Position

The Adolescent Development Lab at University of Alberta, led by Dr. Yao Zheng, is looking for several full-time postdoctoral fellows. The starting date is January 2021 or September 2021 but negotiable. The appointment is for one year, renewable for a second year depending on performance, and up to a third year depending on performance and grant funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

The successful candidate will help coordinate research projects that investigate adolescents’ and young adults’ daily experiences and well-being. Primary responsibilities include overseeing project progress, conducting data analysis, preparing for conference presentations and scientific manuscript writing for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and supervising research assistants. Postdoc fellows will have opportunities to work on daily parent-adolescent dyadic data, adolescent ecological momentary assessment data, as well as twin daily diary data (this position requires prior twin modeling training experience). There will also be opportunities to work on conventional multi-wave longitudinal data.

Required qualifications

  • A doctoral degree in developmental psychology, human development and family studies, applied psychology, educational psychology, or a related area
  • Strong background/interests in adolescent socioemotional development and diary research
  • Evidence of independent scholarship, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and outstanding academic English writing skills

Preferred qualifications

  • Strong analytical skills such as structural equation modeling and multilevel modeling using Mplus, R, or SAS
  • Prior publication experience at peer-reviewed journals
  • Experiences with collecting and analyzing diary and other intensive longitudinal data

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter (2-page maximum) that describes your relevant training and career goals, up-to-date CV, research statement (2-page maximum), up to three representative publications, as well as the name and contact information of three references in one pdf file to yao.zheng@ualberta.ca with “Postdoc Application” in the subject line. Review of the applications will begin immediately until the positions are filled.

For more information, please contact Dr. Zheng (yao.zheng@ualberta.ca).

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.


Graduate Students

Dr. Yao Zheng in the Department of Psychology at University of Alberta regularly recruits graduate students interested in pursuing Ph.D. in Developmental Science to join the Adolescent Development Lab.

Dr. Zheng’s research focuses on the influences of family and peer processes that shape different developmental trajectories of problem behaviors (e.g., antisocial behavior, substance use, depression) from late childhood through adolescence to young adulthood (approximately age 10 to 25), particularly with the application of advanced quantitative methodology (e.g., mixture modeling, multilevel modeling, time series analysis) at multiple levels of analysis (e.g., cognitive, affective, behavioral) and timescales (e.g., days, years) in different ecological contexts (e.g., family, school, community). One major research interest along this line of research examines gene-environment interplay in the development of problem behaviors using multiple twin samples.

Preferred Qualifications of Applicants:

Bachelor or Master background in Developmental Psychology or related area (e.g. education, human development) with research experience in data collection, coding, analyses, and/or writing up scientific papers. Research interests in adolescent development, particularly problem behaviors. Strong English communication and writing skills, prior experience in statistic analytic methods.

Strong applicants could have the opportunity for departmental, university, provincial, or national (e.g., tri-council) fellowship or scholarship. The department however will guarantee financial support for both tuition and stipend through either Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant as supported by faculty research grant. There are potential opportunities to collaborate with other faculty in the Developmental Science area with different research foci (e.g., internalizing problems) and/or research methods (e.g., neuroimaging). Applicants who are interested in Dr. Zheng’s work methodologically (i.e., developmental continuity and change) yet overlap with other faculty’s substantive research areas (e.g., transition to young adulthood, well-being) could be considered for co-supervision.

Please contact Dr. Zheng (yao.zheng@ualberta.ca) for any questions on application. Prospective students of under-represented populations (e.g., sex, gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Thank you for your interest.


Please note that due to the capacity of the Adolescent Development Lab, Dr. Yao Zheng currently is NOT accepting any new undergraduate students for honors program or independent research.


Honours Students

Dr. Yao Zheng regularly supervises 1–3 honors students each year, whose research interests closely align with the lab’s ongoing projects. Interested students are encouraged to first read lab recent publications and current project descriptions, and contact Dr. Zheng via email with an unofficial transcript and writing sample (e.g., a term paper from a psychology course) for any potential opportunity. Students of under-represented populations (e.g., sex, gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Independent Study Students and Research Volunteers

We routinely recruit independent study students and research volunteers to join our research projects. Similarly, interested students are encouraged to read lab’s recent publications and current project descriptions, and ensure that they have a similar research interest to the lab before applying via email. Undergrads who are bilingual or multilingual (e.g., Mandarin, Spanish, and French) are encouraged to apply. Students of under-represented populations (e.g., sex, gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation) are particularly encouraged to apply.