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Fall/Winter 2023-24

JOB # 279  R&D  

Professor Abby Goldstein
Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development
Psychology of Emerging Adulthood Research Lab (PEARL) Projects
The R&D GA will be involved in several research projects aligned with the research focus of the Psychology of Emerging Adulthood Research Lab (PEARL). Our research explores risk, wellness and well-being in emerging adulthood and we have a particular interest in disseminating research and research findings to emerging adults and their parents via our website and through social media, including our PEARL Instagram Page. The R&D GA would be involved in both the research and the dissemination of findings.
The R&D GA will assist with projects related to well-being in emerging adulthood, including assisting with the social media strategy for the PEARL, creating webinars and other online content for dissemination to parents and emerging adults, identifying interesting and informative research findings pertaining to the lives of emerging adults and their parents and distributing these findings via our social media pages.
Flexible, depending on the preference of the R&D GA and the needs of the research. Some work may need to be conducted at OISE. Please note that if required by public health guidelines or building capacity restrictions work may need to be done remotely.
September 1, 2023—April 30, 2024
240 hours
  • Interest in emerging adulthood and risk and wellness during this developmental period
  • Some knowledge of the literature in this area
  • Good understanding of ethical issues in research
  • Comfortable with conducting literature searches
  • Ability to identify good quality research for posting on social media sites
  • Familiarity and comfort with major social media tools (Instagram, Twitter)
  • Ability to translate research findings and key messages to a wider audience (parents, emerging adults)
  • Some experience creating online content (e.g., videos, webinars) is an asset
  • Comfortable with outreach to students and researchers on topics related to emerging adult research
None required.
  • To hold an R&D GA, you must be registered as a full-time student at OISE in an eligible program.
  • Masters students (including MA, MEd, MT, and MA-CSE) students are eligible to hold a R&D GA in the first 2 years of their program.
  • MA-SCCP students are eligible to hold an R&D GA in the first 3 years of their program.
  • Full-time doctoral students (PhD, EdD) are eligible to hold an R&D GA in the first 6 years of their program.
  • Flex-time PhD students are eligible to be considered for a GA or R&D GA once during the first 5 years of their program and must be pursuing full-time studies as per the CUPE 3902, Unit 7 Collective Agreement.
  • You are not eligible for an R&D GA if you are holding a combination of scholarships, fellowships, OISE-arranged teaching assistantships, OISE-arranged course instructorships and/or research assistantships greater than or equal to the value of a full R&D GA during the academic year (September-August)
  • You may not hold a Graduate Assistantship (GA) and an R&D Graduate Assistantship (R&D GA) at the same time.
  • For Fall/Winter, Fall, and Winter contracts, students who are full-time employees at the University of Toronto or elsewhere, are ineligible to be considered for R&D Graduate Assistantships under the CUPE 3902, Unit 7 Collective Agreement. Full-time employment is defined as 35 hours per week, or where different, the number of hours specified in an employee's contract as full-time employment.
  • Appointments are conditional upon a student being legally authorized to work in Canada by virtue of having a Social Insurance Number and Canadian issued study permit by the commencement date of your appointment or, at the latest, within one month following the commencement date of your appointment.  Students will need a Canadian bank account in order to receive remuneration.
  • Should you not have the above noted requisite legal authorization in order to permit you to be legally authorized to work in Canada by the commencement date, any Offer Letter will be automatically deemed null and void and of no further effect, without any further obligations to you.
June 27, 2023. No late applications will be considered.
Please email your cover letter and resume as one pdf document to and copy to Please quote the job number in your subject line and your student number in your covering letter. If applying for more than one R&D GA position, please submit a separate application for each job.
Full-time students may not concurrently hold a Graduate Assistantship and a Research and Development Graduate Assistantship. 
Research Development Graduate Assistantships (RDGA) are remuneration for graduate students who are engaged in research and/or field development-oriented projects contributing to their academic and professional development. The wage rate for a 2023-24 Fall/Winter RDGA is $13,382.84.
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. 
The University of Toronto invites all qualified applicants to apply.