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: Health economics, Preference elicitation, Mixed methods, Econometrics, Qualitative research, Discrete choice experiment, Shared decision making, Economic evaluation

Potential project areas:

Precision medicine and health economics, including qualitative and quantitative analyses and shared decision-making

Research Interests: Global Journalism, Innovation in Journalism, Documentary Production, Investigative Reporting

Potential project areas:

Investigative reporting on global supply chains

Research Interests: Epigenomics

Research Interests: Dual organism molecular interaction, Early and late reactions in allergic asthma, Diagnostics of acute heart rejection, Neonatal vaccine immunogenicity

Potential project areas:

1) neuroendocrine prostate cancer; 2) AR driven castrate-resistant prostate cancer 3) drug screening novel DNA topoisomerase II inhibitors 4) cell free nucleotide biomarkers from liquid biopsy

Research Interests: Bacterial catabolism of steroids and lignin, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, biocatalyst development

Potential project areas:

Understanding the degradation of cholesterol catabolism by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and its role in pathogenesis. Developing new therapeutics that target cholesterol catabolism. Understanding the bacterial degradation of lignin and developing biocatalysts to upgrade lignin.

Research Interests: Modeling and Targeting the Development of Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

Research Interests: History of Indonesia

Research Interests: Proteases, Granzymes, Extracellular Matrix, Chronic inflammation, Aging, Disease models, Autoimmune disease, Skin, Vascular biology

Potential project areas:

I am looking for Graduate students seeking a PhD only or post-doctoral fellows within 3 years of defending their PhD. Trainees will be actively involved in the translational research effort pertaining to understanding the physiological and/or pathophysiological role(s) of the serine protease family, granzymes, in the context of skin or vascular inflammation regeneration, in aging, autoimmune and/or chronic disease. Granzymes are a family of 5 serine proteases in humans. With the exception of GzmA and GzmB, very little is known about the other 3 proteases so there are many opportunities to carve out a niche, drug development, and for publications/patents. The job is highly translational and well suited for trainees seeking greater involvement in all steps in taking basic bench research discoveries through to clinical application and potentially commercialization. Our research program spans from basic biochemistry/molecular biology through to target validation, proof-of-concept in animal and human models with a strong connection to industry. Trainees will be responsible for designing and implementing studies to further elucidate mechanisms of disease through the use of in vitro and in vivo models. Dr. Granville’s laboratory (www.granzymes.com) utilizes a variety of disease models related to aging, autoimmunity, injury, inflammation and impaired healing as they pertain to cardiovascular, pulmonary, skin, musculoskeletal, and neuroinflammatory disorders. We also interact heavily with clinicians.

Research Interests: electrochemistry, interfacial analysis, biosensors, spectroelectrochemistry, electrocatalysis, self assembled monolayers, fluorescence microscopy

Potential project areas:

Characterizing modified electrochemical interfaces Electrochemical biosensors Electrocatalysis Spectroelectrochemical studies of DNA modified electrodes


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
Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies University of Saskatchewan Thursday, 20 February 2020
Postdoctoral Fellowship - Infection & Immunity Research, University Health Network Univeristy Health Network, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute Tuesday, 31 December 2019
Longitudinal Health Consequences of Bariatric Surgery Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre Friday, 13 December 2019
Enhancing the personalisation of an eHealth behaviour change program (ACCELERATION) using deep learning models of emotional expression Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre Friday, 13 December 2019
Postdoctoral Fellowship - Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre Friday, 13 December 2019