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

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: stroke, clinical trials, cerebral venous thrombosis, cerebral small vessel disease, cognition

Research Interests: Complex fluids, Biophysics, Mathematical biology

Research Interests: Behavioural neuroscience, Gambling disorder, Addiction, Decision making, Impulsivity, Traumatic brain injury

Potential project areas:

Exploring the neural, neurochemical and molecular basis of impulsivity and risky decision making, particularly as these cognitive traits relate to addiction disorders. Most of the work we do uses rat models of cognitive behaviour, but we are starting to translate our findings into human subjects.

Research Interests: executive functions , prefrontal cortex, dopamine, working memory, self-control, self-regulation, cognition, COMT gene, sex differences, stress, ACEs, resilience, social determinants of health, ADHD, depression, PTSD, physical activity, the arts, mindfulness

Potential project areas:

In traumatized youth, can prefrontal cortex communication with the amygdala be restored by a stress-reduction program (e.g., Niroga’s yoga-based mindfulness program)?

Are the benefits of music for improving executive functions (EFs), mood, and quality of life greater when the experience of listening to the music is socially shared?

Can the benefits of listening to the spoken word be as great as those of listening to music for EFs, mood, and quality of life?

Modeling gonadal hormone and COMT genotype modulation of the effects of mild stress on EFs pharmacologically with low-dose methylphenidate

Will individuals be more emotionally invested in EF training if they have a say in shaping the training activity and will that translate into greater EF benefits?

Research Interests: Biomedical Ethics, Aging and dementia, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Brain Injury, Stem Cells, Neurotechnology, Neuroethics

Potential project areas:

I am open to inspiring and supporting research in any area at the intersection of biomedicine, neuroscience, and ethics.

Research Interests: Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim, Bhutan, First Nations, Bella Bella, Heiltsuk, Indigeneity

Research Interests: Down Syndrome, Mental Health

Potential project areas:

Alzheimer's disease; Down syndrome; neuropsychiatric disorders; Neurogenesis.

Research Interests: magnetic resonance imaging, brain, spinal cord, myelin, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, neurological diseases

Research Interests: Alzheimer's Disease, 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: Russian literature, Russian culture, literary culture, genre, narrative, imagined geography, digital media, Dostoevsky, gothic literature

Potential project areas:

Russian literary studies; comparative literary studies; literary culture; genre; narrative

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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
Director, Institute for Sustainability California State University, Northridge Friday, 13 October 2017
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, SARAVYC (Indigenous) University of British Columbia Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, SARAVYC (Qual) University of British Columbia Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Postdoctoral Fellow, Immunology & Molecular Biology University of British Columbia Friday, 29 September 2017
Director, Graduate Writing Lab University of Virginia Friday, 29 September 2017
Postdoctoral Fellow, Improving Understanding and Understanding of Databases for the Non-Expert University of British Columbia Thursday, 28 December 2017
Post-doctoral Researcher, Regional Socio-Economic Development University of British Columbia Okanagan Sunday, 15 October 2017