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Career Opportunities

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 AP10, 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.

Post a Position

If you are a UBC faculty, department/unit, or laboratory and are interested in posting a position, please refer to the Job Ads page on the G+PS Faculty & Staff portal. Positions can be cross-posted to a number of job search websites, including Nature Careers, EurAxess, Mendeley Careers, jobRxiv, and Handshake. For additional information, contact the PDFO.

UBC Postdoc Opportunities

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. Postdoctoral Fellowship positions may also be posted on UBC's Faculty Careers Workday portal.

The following faculty members have indicated to us that they are actively looking to attract Postdocs.

Show Faculty Interested in Postdocs

Research Interests: Global Health and Emerging Diseases, Health Information Systems, Biomedical Technologies, Technological Innovations, Artificial Intellegence, Automation in healthcare, Global Health, Mobile Health, Outcome prediction, Physiological Monitoring, Precision Health, Sepsis in children

Potential project areas:

Global health

Research Interests: Black Feminist Theory, African American language, literacies, and rhetorics, Rhetorical theory and composition pedagogy

Research Interests: Electrochemical Systems, Surface Characterization, Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Layers, Sensors and Devices, Electrochemical and Fuel Cells, Biosensors, Electrocatalysis, Electrochemistry, Fluorescence microscopy, Interfacial analysis, Self assembled monolayers, Spectroelectrochemistry

Potential project areas:

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

Research Interests: Alzheimer's Disease, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Trauma / Injuries, Lipid/Lipoprotein analysis, Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials, Traumatic Brain Injury, Tissue Engineering, Biomarkers, Drug Discovery, Apolipoprotein E, Cerebrovascular function

Potential project areas:

  • Relationship of biomechanics to pathology in TBI animal models
  • Neurology fluid biomarkers 
  • Cerebrovascular contributions to Alzheimer's Disease pathogenesis
  • Animal Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Research Interests: Design of healthy, just, and resilient cities through urban nature, Environmental Justice, Human Behaviour, Landscape Planning, Public Health, Urban Design, Urban Forestry, Urban Planning

Potential project areas:

1. Effective monitoring of urban parks and forests usage

  • Overall research question: How can we monitor and predict the usage dynamics in urban parks and greenways in a reliable and efficient way?
  • Skills/interests needed: digital technology (sensors, drones, etc.), computer programming (python, R, SQL, etc.), machine learning algorithms, observational research

2. Role of urban forestry in urban developments

  • Overall research question: What are the role and impacts of urban forestry design and planning in sustainable urban developments?
  • Skills/interests needed: urban planning and design, mixed-methods research (case studies, quasi-experiments, statistical analysis)

3. Access to urban parks and forests of varying sizes and forms

  • Overall research question: How do we connect low-mobility populations (e.g., children, older adults, people with disabilities, low-income people) with different sizes and types of urban parks and forests?
  • Skills/interests needed: GIS, statistics, multidisciplinary interests (forest management, environmental justice, urban design and planning, transportation, etc.)

Research Interests: American Literature, Postmodernism

Research Interests: Numerical Analysis & Scientific Computing, Applied Analysis, Multi-scale Modelling and Coarse-graining, Molecular Simulation, Scientific Machine-learning, in particular for applications in multi-scale modelling

Potential project areas:

Research Interests: Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, STS, HCI, History of Science and Technology, Cold War Science

Research Interests: Mathematical Analysis, Differential Equation, Global and Non-Linear Analysis, Mathematical physics, Nonlinear partial differential equations, Nonlinear waves, Topological solitons

Potential project areas:

Mathematical analysis of fundamental properties (e.g. stability and dynamical behaviour) of topological solitons in physical systems such as ferromagnets.

Research Interests: medieval, crusades, Chaucer, middle ages, monsters, medieval islam, medieval maps, medieval sexuality, spatial theory, historical racism, medieval law, arthurian literature, , Medieval romance, English national identity

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:

The UBC Postdoctoral Association also maintains a Jobs page on their website.

UBC Faculty Careers

For current PDFs looking to embark on the next phase of their academic career, please visit Faculty Career Opportunities for a list of current UBC faculty opportunities. Please also visit UBC faculty websites for available positions within each specific faculty.

Current postings outside UBC