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: Drug Discovery, Drug Development, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Cancer, Target Engagement, Cell Signaling

Potential project areas:

Several drug discovery and development projects are available for new and exciting targets involved in cancer cell signaling and metabolism. 

Research Interests: Microbial metal metabolism, Bacterial pathogenesis, Alternatives to antibiotics

Research Interests: Colonial Legal History, Critical Theory, Race and Racism, Oceans and Maritime Worlds, Time and Temporality

Research Interests: Education of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing with complex language or cognitive needs

Research Interests: Patient Safety, Medication Safety, Adverse Drug Events, Drug Safety and Effectiveness, Health Information Technology, Clinical Decision Making, Health Services Research, Adverse Event Reporting

Potential project areas:

My research group is working with Ministry to develop, implement and evaluate a new provincial medication safety information technology we have developed. This work will provide multiple opportunities for graduate students to be involved in. With the implementation of this technology more robust data will become available on adverse drug events experienced by patients. Future projects include the development of methods to conduct sentinel surveillance of adverse drug events, and studies in comparative drug safety and effectiveness.

Research Interests: cervical cancer screening, HPV, rural and remote reproductive care, Indigenous women's health, perinatal substance-use, reproductive health of women living with HIV, culturally safe care, reproductive screening in LMIC

Research Interests: German Studies, German Film Studies, German Media Studies, German Media History, Queer Theory and Queer Studies, Feminist and Queer Film Historiography, Critical Pedagogy

Research Interests: Medieval French Literature, Reader-Response Theory, Genre Theory, Narrative Theory, Material Philology, Comparative Medieval Literature, Arthurian Romance, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Interactive Fiction, Cognitive Poetics, Medieval Narrative Literature, Old French, Medievalism

Potential project areas:

Medieval French literature, primarily (but not limited to) narrative literature of the 12th and 13th centuries.

Medievalism in contemporary literature.

Research Interests: aging, community based participatory research, health and mobility, home care, prevention, built and social environments, implementation sciencei

Research Interests: genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, epigenetics, gene-gene and gene-environment interactions

Potential project areas:

Genetics and epigenetics of common complex diseases including peanut allergy, food allergy, asthma, atopy, healthy aging, aortic valve stenosis. Longitudinal analyses of childhood birth cohorts. The lab is currently initiating several targeted whole genome bisulfate sequencing projects and we plan on integrating data from a variety of omics approaches. We are also developing genetic risk indexes for a variety of common complex disease.


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 Research Fellow, Translational Neuroscience University of British Columbia Friday, 18 January 2019
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Molecular Geneticist University of British Columbia Friday, 18 January 2019
Postdoctoral Fellow, Housing for Health Project University of Alberta Monday, 31 December 2018
Theoretical Physics Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Alberta Monday, 7 January 2019
Post-doctoral Fellow , Single Cell Genomics, Molecular Biology – Aparicio Lab University of British Columbia Tuesday, 15 January 2019
Post-doctoral Fellow – Aparicio Lab BC Cancer Agency Tuesday, 15 January 2019
Tenured/Tenure-Track Assistant Associate Full Professor, Mechatronics Engineering University of Ontario Institute of Technology Saturday, 19 January 2019
Post-doctoral Fellowship, Centre for Heart and Lung Innovation / Department of Radiology and School of Biomedical Engineering University of British Columbia Friday, 21 December 2018