Volunteer RA Positions
Volunteering in a professor’s lab is often the first step toward gaining research experience for those who want to pursue that route. Students usually get an idea of who they might want to work with based on a course that they take, so you should plan on taking a few psychology courses to experience a range of research areas. You can also get a feel for our faculty members’ interests by reviewing their brief research descriptions, and by clicking on their individual links to learn more about their current projects and any possible volunteer opportunities.
See below to view available volunteer positions. Be sure to follow the instructions for applying. If a position offers monetary compensation, it will be indicated. Also, note that not all faculty members advertise positions on this site, so it may be helpful to contact potential supervisors directly.
Paid RA Positions
NEW Part-Time Research Coordinator Position October 2019: Click here for more details.
Government of Ontario Work-Study: Ryerson maintains a list of ORS RA positions available to undergraduates on a competitive basis. Please inform yourself about the eligibility requirements, application process, etc. on that site.
Other Funded Positions: Additional paid RA positions may be available to undergraduates through other funded programs or grants held by faculty members. For availability of paid positions, please contact potential faculty supervisors directly.
Research Assistant Positions
We do not require volunteer RA's at this time.
As of Fall 2018, we are currently looking for responsible, reliable volunteer research assistants (RAs) who would like to gain experience conducting developmental research. The RAs will receive training in diverse aspects of research including: participant recruitment, testing infants, children, and/or adults, stimulus creation, coding videos, and entering and analyzing data. RAs may also be invited to assist with literature reviews and research presentations. RAs will attend regular lab meetings and receive supervision and guidance from the lab director and current BEE Lab graduate students. In return, RAs will be expected to commit a minimum of 8 hours per week to the BEE Lab for two consecutive semesters.
To apply, please send a CV and current (unofficial) transcript to:
Lab Manager, Brain and Early Experiences (BEE) Lab
The Change, Evaluation, and Organizations Lab is seeking volunteers to assist with a qualitative study examining how, why, and for whom residential treatment for substance use disorders is effective. This opportunity will involve coding interview transcripts using thematic content analysis and realist methodology. The position will begin in late October with volunteers needing to commit approximately 5 hours per week on the project. This position is best suited for an upper year student who has previous experience with coding in qualitative research. We are seeking detail-oriented and conscientious applicants who are interested in research on substance use disorders.
To apply, please send direct applications (including an updated CV, current unofficial transcript, and a paragraph as to why you are interested in this position) to the graduate student coordinating this study:
Christina Mutschler- email@example.com
With age, elderly people commonly experience decline in cognitive functioning. The Cognitive Aging Lab conducts research on age-related changes in cognitive functions and the intervention or training programs to overcome age-related declines. We are currently looking for 2-3 part-time volunteer Research Assistants (RAs). They are expected to work in the Cognitive Aging Lab for 8-15 hours per week and attend the weekly lab meetings. They will be involved in participant recruitment, scheduling, testing, data collection, scoring, and data entry. They may also have opportunity to contribute to literature review, data analysis, and research presentation. The RAs should feel comfortable working with elderly people. The positions will be a good fit for students in such programs as psychology, nursing, and social work and particularly for those who are planning to pursue graduate study in similar areas. For more information on the Cognitive Aging Lab, please visit: http://psychlabs.ryerson.ca/cal/
To apply, please contact the Lab Director:
Dr. Lixia Yang
Department of Psychology
The Early Childhood Cognition (ECC) Lab (http://psychlabs.ryerson.ca/ecclab/) studies how infants and young children understand the world and the people around them. We are currently seeking undergraduate volunteers who are highly motivated, have a strong interest in gaining research experience, and enjoy working with young children. A time commitment of 6-10 hours per week is required. Preference will be given to students willing to commit at least 2 consecutive semesters.
If you are interested in joining our lab as a volunteer research assistant please send your application to Dr. Lili Ma (firstname.lastname@example.org) along with your CV and an unofficial copy of your transcripts.
Dr. Lili Ma
Department of Psychology
This project is part of an ongoing 5-year research program examining the intersection of motivation and cognition across the adult lifespan. The RA will be involved in day-to-day operations of the project, including preparation of study materials; maintenance and organization of study records; participant screening, scheduling, and testing; data management and cleaning; and assistance with data analysis and interpretation.
This position is a paid opportunity offered by the Work Study Research Assistant Program
For full position details and to apply, click here
Position(s): Volunteer Research Assistant (Part-Time transcriptionist) for the "Crossover Youth Project Evaluation".
Description of the project: The purpose of the study is to investigate the impact of a pilot project entitled The Crossover Youth Project (COYP). The COYP is designed to improve the legal and social services received by crossover youth (young people who are dually-involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems). The evaluation will assess the activities and services provided by the COYP and their immediate, short-term, and long-term effects. As part of the evaluation, we will be collecting audio-recorded interview data from all the key stakeholders and participants of the program (approximately 30-40 individuals). We are seeking a volunteer to help with the verbatim transcription of these interviews.
Research Assistant duties and Qualifications. The Research Assistant (RA) will be responsible for the accurate transcription of recorded interview data. The candidate should have strong writing skills, keen attention to detail, and high concern for data accuracy. No previous experience necessary.
How to apply: To apply, please email the research supervisor, Arla Good (email@example.com) with your resume. We are seeking to fill this positions as soon as possible. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the project or the position can be directed to Arla Good, or to the primary investigator, Dr. David Day (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Volunteer RA Opportunity SHiFT Lab
The Sexuality Hub: Integrating Feminist Theory (SHiFT) Lab is seeking a volunteer Research Assistant to aid in conducting a qualitative study on men’s relationship to masculinity. Research assistants will learn about participant recruitment, qualitative research methodology and design, critical psychology, and contemporary gender theory. Main duties will include managing participant recruitment and transcribing digitally-recorded interviews, with the opportunity to receive training in and contribute to qualitative interviewing.
We are seeking a highly motivated, self-directed, detail oriented, and interpersonally professional RA who can commit to 8-10 hours per week for at least 6 months. Undergraduates who are in their third year or above, or individuals who have completed undergraduate studies, are encouraged to apply. Prior experience as an RA in a social studies lab, as well as knowledge of – or interest in – critical, feminist psychology and methodologies (particularly Discourse Analysis) is preferred.
To Apply: Please send an updated CV, current (unofficial) transcript, and cover letter detailing your experience and availability to:
Stephanie Cosma email@example.com
The Sleep and Depression Laboratory is seeking volunteers to help with two separate studies. Both involve volunteers who are highly organized, interpersonally comfortable with interacting with individuals who may have depression or other disorders, self-directed, and motivated. One study is a prospective trial that is evaluating cognitive vulnerability factors for relapse from remitted insomnia. Volunteers would be involved with data entry as well as the potential for in-person structured clinical interviews with study participants, as well as leading participants through study-related procedures.
The second study is run by doctoral student Angela Lachowski, who requires a highly motivated, self-directed, and organized volunteer who can coordinate a study that is investigating the relationships between sleep, nutritional choices, stress, hunger and satiety. This volunteer must be flexible with their time and able to be on campus more than one day per week, though a full day at a time is not required (I.e., meeting with participants for an hour at a time, performing general study-related tasks).
If interested, please submit a current CV, brief cover letter, and unofficial transcript to Olya at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome applicants who are currently completing their undergraduate degree or who have already graduated.
The SMART lab provides a unique interdisciplinary environment for exploring basic and applied research in music and emotional speech. We are currently looking for volunteers to engage in several lines of research. The first line involves basic research into the cognitive neuroscience of music and emotional speech. The second line involves applied research in hearing science, and the third line involves the use and development of novel technologies and interventions to support human communication and well-being. For more information on these projects and others, please visit our lab website: http://smartlaboratory.org/, external link
To apply, please contact the Lab Director:
Dr. Frank Russo
Department of Psychology
416-979-5000, x. 2647
The mission of the Stress and Healthy Aging Research (StAR) laboratory is to elucidate predictors of cognitive aging and to assess prevention programs that may enhance and/or maintain cognitive function and wellbeing in late life.
The StAR Lab is searching for volunteer RAs who are able to dedicate 10 hours per week to one of three projects:
1. JAVA Music Club Study: We are in need of RAs to assess seniors living in residential care before and following a 3-month social support intervention. This role requires travel to and from residential care dwellings in the GTA. RAs will learn how to administer a 1.5 hour testing battery, which includes psychological questionnaires and cognitive tests.
2. The Biopsychosocial Study (BPS Study): We are in need of volunteer RAs to assess community-dwelling older adults on a range of biological, cognitive, and psychosocial measures. All assessments are completed in the morning hours. Persons with flexible schedules are invited to apply.
3. Chinese Culture Study: We are in need of a bilingual volunteer RA who is fluent in Chinese. This position entails transcription of qualitative interviews.
Outside of the 10 hour time requirement, RAs are expected to attend bi-weekly lab meetings, during which time members of the lab discuss ongoing projects and are given an opportunity to present on topics of interest.
Prior research experience is an asset, but not required. More important characteristics are responsibility, motivation, engagement, and commitment.
We look forward to hearing from you!
To apply, please submit a cover letter with an updated CV and a copy of your unofficial transcript to:
Dr. Alexandra J. Fiocco
Department of Psychology