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: 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

Research Interests: Microbiome cohort studies, Primary Immune Deficiencies

Potential project areas:

Genetics of Susceptibility to Childhood Infection

Until very recently, clinical immunologists have focused most attention on patients with a ‘noisy clinical phenotype’—multiple, severe and recurrent infections. Indeed, the origin of primary immunodeficiencies is generally attributed to Bruton’s 1952 description of X-linked agammaglobulinemia in a boy whose repeated pneumococcal infections demanded clinical attention.

Today, enhanced understanding of human immunity combined with ever more sophisticated tools to dissect the immune response have allowed clinical immunologists to look beyond these "noisy", severely immunocompromised patients to individuals with less obvious immune defects. We have entered the era of "subtle" primary immunodeficiencies that will begin to precipitate a fundamental change and expansion of the focus of clinical immunologists.

My lab is involved in searching for subtle genetic immune defects in apparently healthy children who have serious immunological disorders. This journey towards subtlety is anticipated to translate into better care for our patients through improved diagnosis, combined with tailored treatment and targeted prophylaxis.

Innate Immunity and Lung Inflammation in Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common, deadly genetic disease affecting young Canadians. Even today, only half of the people living with CF will survive beyond their mid-thirties. New treatments for CF are critically needed.

Lung disease is the major life-limiting factor for people living with CF. Lung injury in CF occurs through a vicious cycle of airway blockage, infection and inflammation. Current CF treatments rely upon physiotherapy to reduce airway blockage and antibiotics to treat the infections, but these treatments do not specifically deal with inflammation. New treatments to simultaneously target airway inflammation are likely to provide substantial additional benefits in improving the quality and length of life for those with CF.

Through synergistic studies harnessing the power of cell biology, chemistry and functional genomics, we are working to identify optimal "druggable" targets responsible for CF airway inflammation and to discover novel anti-inflammatory drugs. Ultimately, these experiments are designed to develop new therapies for safely reducing lung inflammation and improving the quality and length of life of people with CF.

Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study

Over the past 30 years there has been an increasing concern about the effects of environment on health. In particular, since infants spend the majority of their time indoors, there is intense interest in the impact indoor pollution has on the health of our children. Our indoor environment has become a public health priority as growing evidence suggests that unseen environmental contaminants in our living spaces may have important effects on children's health and development.

The Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study is a multicentre, multidisciplinary, longitudinal, population-based birth-cohort study of 5,000 children enrolled "pre-birth" and followed for five years (www.canadianchildstudy.ca). The main purpose of this study is to determine what aspects of the environment interact with genetic factors to affect children’s health and development. I am a co-principal investigator for the CHILD study and I lead the Vancouver study site.

Research Interests: Hereditary Cancer, Cell division, Cell migration, Differentiation, Cell polarity

Research Interests: hippocampus, sex differences

Research Interests: Developmental biology, craniofacial development, Evo-Devo, reptilian tooth development, chicken embryo limb development, orofacial clefting

Potential project areas:

The role of non-canonical WNT signaling in facial and limb development in the chicken embryo
Rare diseases - validation of disease-causing human variants in animal models
The molecular basis of the ever-renewing reptilian dentition using the gecko model

Research Interests: Epigenetics, Chromatin, Development

Research Interests: Patient help-seeking experiences , Shared decision-making, Patient self-management , E-health & digital media, Rehabilitation and lifestyle interventions in arthritis management , Health services research - knowledge translation and implementation, Patient engagement

Potential project areas:

Visit the Arthritis, Joint Health & Knowledge Translation Research Program website for a current list of Dr Li's research projects: http://arthritis.rehab.med.ubc.ca/

Research Interests: Home Birth, Place of Birth, Provider Attitudes, Respectful Maternity Care, Midwifery, Interprofessional relationships, Person-Centered Care, Patient Autonomy, Institutional Racism in Maternity Care, Maternal and Newborn Outcomes, Maternity care for diverse populations, Transdisciplinary engagement in health care

Potential project areas:

Active analysis and knowledge translation projects: qualitative and quantitative data generated by participatory maternity care research: Changing Childbirth in BC, Giving Voice to Mothers - US, Access and Integration Maternity Care Mapping study (links between regulatory frameworks and disparities)

Research Interests: Business Analytics, Applied Machine Learning, Text Mining, Mobile Ecosystem, Social Media Analysis, Cybersecurity

Potential project areas:

- Application of Big Data in Business Applications
- Social Media Analysis
- Cybersecurity
- E-Commerce

Research Interests: Multiple sclerosis, Neuromyelitis optica, Neurological disorders

Potential project areas:

- Study of the genetic factors contributing to the onset of familial multiple sclerosis and its clinical presentations.

- Biological and behavioral characterization of the first animal model of multiple sclerosis based on human etiology.

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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: