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: Canadian History, Legal History, International Law and International Relations, Criminal Justice History, North American History, British Empire History, Political History

Potential project areas:

Canadian History; North American History; British Empire History; Legal History; Political History; Criminal Justice History; International Law and International Relations

Research Interests: Multiphase Flows, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Experimental Fluid Dynamics, High Performance Computing, Minerals Processing, Embedded Sensors, IIoT, Industrial Big Data, Critical Elements Extraction

Research Interests: Indigenous issues, Disaster response and preparedness

Research Interests: Micrometeorology, Biogeochemistry, Hydrology, Ecology, Climate Change

Potential project areas:

Carbon Fluxes in Restored Wetlands

In collaboration with several other research groups at UBC, we are measuring greenhouse gas exchange and evapotranspiration over a restoring peatland, Burns Bog. This site is a raised domed peat bog in Metro Vancouver that is undergoing re-wetting as a restoration management following peat harvesting and associated drainage. While restoration can help recover important ecosystems services provided by wetlands, it can also affect the exchange of greenhouse gases between the surface and the atmosphere. By conducting year-round eddy covariance measurements of methane and carbon dioxide, we can quantify the annual greenhouse gas balance of the bog and provide information on land-cover-based emission reduction or offset measures in the greater Vancouver area.

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: university rankings , media education, knowledge translation, student engagement, social justice and equity

Potential project areas:

University Rankings

K-12 Rankings

Education Policy: Equity, rankings

Research Interests: Bioarchaeology, Ancient DNA Analysis (paleogenetics), Ancient proteins (paleoproteomics), Environmental Archaeology, Marine Ecosystems, Animal Domestication

Potential project areas:

  • Genetic diversity of past Pacific Herring populations
  • Genetic diversity and stock identification of ancient Pacific Salmon
  • Changes in marine biogeography relating to past climate change

Research Interests: Epigenetics, Chromatin, Development, Epigenomics, Gene regulation

Potential project areas:

  • Role of epigenetics in male and female germline development
  • Role of retroelements in gene regulation
  • Interplay between epigenetic marks and DNA methylation in the early embryo

Research Interests: functional neuroimaging, child psychiatric disorders

Potential project areas:

- Movie + OCD = This project creates and tests a novel movie stimulus designed specifically to evoke symptoms of OCD while participants are undergoing fMRI scans. The goal is to identify a disorder-specific network that has clinical relevance at the individual-subject level.  Analytic approaches will include machine-based learning algorithmes (e.g., Connectome Predictive Modeling) and intersubject approaches.  The longterm goal is to turn this project into a multi-site pediatric study.

- Movie + psychotic symptoms = This project creates and tests a novel movie designed to evoke psychotic symptoms, such as paranoia, delusional thinking, and ideas of reference.  The new paradigm will need to be tested behaviorally and neurally, and would ideally include a broader neurophysiological assay including eye-tracking and heart rate variability, etc.  The goal of this project is to characterize neural and physiological responses to the stimulus across children and adults with psychotic symptoms.

Research Interests: gait rehabilitation, exercise, neurorecovery


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 Recruitment Event Ohio State University Monday, 9 September 2019
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Science for Neurological Diseases University of British Columbia Saturday, 31 August 2019
Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Research Centre of the Montreal Geriatric Institute Université du Québec à Montréal Saturday, 31 August 2019
Learning Design Strategist, Office of the Vice President Research & Innovation University of British Columbia Monday, 17 June 2019
Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Economic Evaluation of Precision Medicine for Genetic Disease University of British Columbia Saturday, 31 August 2019
STEM Ambassadors, STEM ACES Sunday, 30 June 2019
Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Associate, Stem Cell Bioengineering Lab University of British Columbia Sunday, 30 June 2019
Post-doctoral Fellow at the Stigma and Resilience among Vulnerable Youth Centre University of British Columbia Friday, 21 June 2019
Post-doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Health Sciences, Addictions Counselling Program University of Lethbridge Sunday, 30 June 2019
Postdoctoral Fellow – Reactive Transport Modeling / Mine Waste Management University of British Columbia Saturday, 15 June 2019


Career opporunities: open Postdoc positions at UBC, details how to become a Postdoc at UBC