Infant Studies (Research Associate)

September 22, 2021




The Infant Studies Centre at UBC is a dynamic, interdisciplinary research centre in the Department of Psychology.  The focus of the research in the Centre is to understand the biases infants bring to language learning, and how these change as a function of age and language experience.  Our overall goal is to understand the link between perceptual development and mature language use.  We study normally developing children from both mono- and multilingual homes, and children at risk for language impairment.  We use both behavioral and neural imaging techniques.  We are currently looking for a Research Associate to lead the work from my NSERC grant, using EEG/ERP to study critical periods in speech perception development, as well as the role of sleep in consolidation.

We require a person with considerable experience with EEG and its analysis, deep knowledge of infant speech perception, and sufficient knowledge of neuroscience to understand and study how EEG oscillatory activity relates to plasticity circuits in the sensory cortices, and how it relates to sleep states and memory consolidation.  Skill in computational decoding of neural signals is also an asset. The position will also entail overseeing undergraduate and graduate students to help on the project, .

Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Psychology or related field, as well as a minimum of seven years’ experience working in a research setting, resulting in a solid publication record.  The position also requires a high level of comfort working with parents, infants and young children.  Also, applicants must have at least five years’ experience working in a multi-cultural environment, and a working knowledge of issues in the field of developmental disorders.

Please send a CV and names of three referees from whom we can request references by October 21, 2021 to:

Dr. Janet Werker
University of British Columbia
Department of Psychology
2136 West Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4

The position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.