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: Mathematical physics

Research Interests: Cardiovascular metabolism, Diabetes, Endothelial cell - cardiomyocyte crosstalk

Potential project areas:

The objective of our study is to examine the biology of LPL during diabetes. To do this, we will use models of diabetes and various cellular approaches. Given the disturbing news that diabetes is rampant across the globe, and that its incidence will double in Canada by 2016, results from these studies will help in gaining more insight into the mechanism(s) by which cardiac LPL is regulated. This may assist other researchers in devising new therapeutic strategies to restore metabolic equilibrium, to help prevent or delay heart disease seen during diabetes.

Research Interests: Ion channels, electrical signaling, Cardiac arrhythmia, Epilepsy, Calcium signaling, Structural Biology, electrophysiology

Potential project areas:

1) Muscle excitation-contraction coupling:
How does an electrical signal in a muscle cell get transmitted into contraction? We investigate the membrane proteins involved in this process (L-type calcium channels, Ryanodine Receptors), as well as the various proteins that modulate these channels. Projects include solving crystal and cryo-EM structures of these channels in complex with the additional proteins. Functional experiments (e.g. electrophysiology) are used to test the hypotheses originating from these structures.

2) Channelopathies
Ion channels are responsible for electrical signals in excitable cells. Mutations in the ion channel genes can lead to severe and often fatal disorders, including cardiac arrhythmias, epilepsy, ataxias, chronic pain and much more. We investigate the primary disease mechanisms by mapping disease mutations on the 3D structures, comparing structures of wild-type and disease mutant proteins, and functional experiments. Together these provide very detailed insights in the disease process. Current projects include congenital cardiac arrhythmias (CPVT, LongQT, Brugada Syndromes) and epilepsy (Dravet Syndrome)

Research Interests: Plant Growth and Development, Microtubule Dynamics and Organization, Trafficking of Membrane Receptors and Transporters, Cellulose Biosynthesis, Plant Cell Walls in Cell Shape and Tissue Function

Potential project areas:

1) The role of Microtubule-Associated Proteins in Microtubule Dynamics

2) Mechanisms of Cell Wall Construction and Modification in Plant Organ Morphogenesis

3) Microtubule-mediated turnover of membrane receptors and transporters

Research Interests: Physical Activity, Health Psychology, Exercise Psychology, Sport Psychology, Group Processes, Leadership, Intervention, Social Cognition, Older Adults, Children

Potential project areas:

Peer-Leadership and Physical Literacy Intervention with Children
Group-based Physical Activity for Older Adults
Physical Activity and Health Promotion Interventions

Research Interests: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, Soft Matter

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: evolution, game theory, social dilemmas, dynamical systems, stochastic processes

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


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: