Whether you are a prospective PDF looking for a position at UBC or a current UBC PDF seeking the next step in your career, this section provides valuable information to help you advance.

Becoming a PDF at UBC


Postdoctoral research fellowship eligibility can be found in UBC Policy #61, Postdoctoral Fellows. In order to be eligible for a postdoctoral fellowship, a postdoctoral fellow generally must be within 5 years of being awarded a PhD or within 10 years of being awarded a M.D. or D.D.S. degree.

First Steps

The first step in finding a PDF position at UBC is to search the research interests of individual faculty members to locate a potential supervisor. Faculty members can be contacted directly to discuss potential PDF appointment opportunities, and applications can be made directly to faculty members.

Postdoctoral appointments at UBC are managed through individual faculties and departments. The Postdoctoral Fellows Office does not accept applications nor are we involved in the hiring process.

UBC PDF Postings

While most PDF positions at UBC can by found by contacting a faculty member directly, some positions may be posted on individual faculty websites. Please visit Faculty Career Opportunities for a comprehensive list of links to UBC's faculties. The following faculty members have indicated to us that they are actively looking to attract Postdocs.

Research Interests: global politics

Research Interests: Computer Science and Statistics, Computer Sciences and Mathematical Tools, Robotics and Automation, simulation of human movement, computer animation, robotics, deep reinforcement learning, motor control, computer graphics

Potential project areas:

simulation of agile human motion, robotics, motion planning, sensorimotor control, dexterous manipulation, computer animation, machine learning, computer graphics, novel interfaces

Research Interests: Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Computational Linguistics, Social Media Mining, Arabic

Potential project areas:

Deep Learning. Deep learning of natural language. Natural Language Processing. Computational Linguistics. Natural Language Inference. Machine Translation. Misinformation. Detection of Negative and Abusive Content Online. Applications of deep learning in health and well-being.

Research Interests: formal verification, formal methods, model checking, software analysis, post-silicon validation, security, nonce to detect automated mining of profiles

Research Interests: Science and Knowledge, Language, Knowledge, Significance and Thought Building, Urban and Rural Planning Policies, Urban, Industrial and Agricultural Waste Water Treatment, Learning and Development Approaches, Sustainable Development, Environment and Society, Environmental Health, Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection, Chemical Pollutants, Risk Management

Potential project areas:

The Egesta Lab is looking for graduate students with an interest in investingating how to transparently communicate uncertainties embedded in science for policy, with a particular focus on risk assessment of endocrine disrupting substances or complex mixtures (such as in wastewater). If your education is mainly in the natural sciences or engineering, it is an advantage if you also have some background in a relevant field in the humanties or social sciences (e.g. philosophy of science, environmental policy, environmental law). Likewise, if your education is mainly in the social sciences and humanities, it is an advantage if you also have some background in a relevant field in the natural sciences (e.g. environmental chemistry, toxicology, ecotoxicology, risk assessment). 

Research Interests: Mineral Processing, Multiphase Systems, Production and Process Optimization, Optimization, Control and Operations Research, Prefeasibility and Pilot Scale, R&D and Innovation, Technological Innovations, Sensors and Devices, Multiphase Flows, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Experimental Fluid Dynamics, High Performance Computing, Minerals Processing, Embedded Sensors, IIoT, Industrial Big Data, Critical Elements Extraction

Research Interests: Philosophical Foundations, Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, Theories and Philosophies, Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Mind, Phenomenology, Asian Philosophies

Research Interests: Bacterial Vaccines, Vaccine immunity, Epidemiology, Childhood infections

Potential project areas:

My research covers several independent, but related, areas of infectious diseases and vaccine research, including:

- Understanding vaccine-induced immunity, particular for bacterial vaccines including vaccines against Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Bordetella pertussis.

- Development of novel vaccines for pathogens of major public health importance.

- Infectious diseases epidemiology and evaluation of vaccine impact, with a particular interest in brain infections.

- Immunization in pregnancy.

I am Director of the Vaccine Evaluation Center (VEC) at BC Children’s Hospital Reserarch Institute. Founded in 1988, the VEC is an academic centre of excellence focusing on vaccine and immunization research in BC and across Canada. I am also a pediatric infectious disease specialist based at BC Children’s Hospital.

The aim of my research at the VEC is to lower the burden of infectious disease through vaccination by building an evidence base for local, national and international vaccine policy. My research program includes laboratory studies to develop new and better vaccines, clinical trials to identify how best to utilize new and approved vaccines, and population-based investigations to identify targets for new vaccines and demonstrate vaccine impact.

Research Interests: Traumatic Brain Injury, Tissue Engineering, Biomarkers, Drug Discovery, Apolipoprotein E, Cerebrovascular function

Potential project areas:

  • Relationship of biomechanics to pathology in TBI animal models
  • Translational biomarkers for TBI across clinical and animal specimens ApoE modulators
  • Cerebrovascular contributions to Alzheimer's Disease pathogenesis
  • Animal Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Research Interests: Cosmology

Potential project areas:

A wide range of topics within observational and theoretical cosmology


UBC Faculty Careers

For current PDFs looking to embark on the next phase of their academic career, please visit Faculty Career Opportunities for links to UBC faculty websites. Faculty positions are are posted within their specific faculty.

Online Career Resources

After your first position at UBC, you may move to a PDF or faculty position at another university. Postings external to UBC may be found at the following websites:

Current Postings

Position Title Employer/Institution Application Deadline
Workshop content developer and presenter: GIScience University of British Columbia Sunday, 5 April 2020
Postdoctoral Fellow - Institute for Mental Health Policy Research Institute for Mental Health Policy Research Thursday, 30 April 2020
Manager, Funding Program Design Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Men's Health Research Program University of British Columbia Wednesday, 29 April 2020
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Men's Health Research Program University of British Columbia Wednesday, 29 April 2020
Postdoctoral Fellow - Battery Electrification Modeling for Car-Sharing University of British Columbia Friday, 17 April 2020
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - Asfaha Laboratory Western University Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Principal Investigator - Addiction and Mental Health Addiction in the Department of Psychiatry and Addictology University of Montreal/CHUM Research Centre Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Postdoctoral Fellow, Matsubara Lab, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences University of British Columbia Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Postdoctoral Fellowship - Global Child Health and Digital Health Centre for International Child Health Tuesday, 31 March 2020