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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.

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Research Interests: Optimization, Control and Operations Research, Solar and Wind Energy, Artificial Intelligence, Large Scale Optimization

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Dr. Cao’s research focuses on the design and implementation of large-scale local and global optimization algorithms to solve problems that arise in diverse decision-making paradigms such as machine learning, stochastic optimization, and optimal control. His algorithms combine mathematical techniques and emerging high-performance computing hardware (e.g., multi-core CPUs, GPUs, and computing clusters) to achieve computational scalability. Furthermore, Dr. Cao has applied the algorithms and tools to address engineering and scientific questions that arise in diverse application domains including conflict resolution in energy system design, robust control of crystallization systems, predictive control of wind turbines, power management in large networks, and image classification for contaminant detection.

Research Interests: Partial differential equations, mathematical physics

Research Interests: Genetic Diseases, Chromosomes: Structure / Organization, Epigenetics

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Genetics of Rare Obesity and Overgrowth Disorders; Epigenetics of Body Weight and Body Composition; Genetics of Familial Intracranial Aneurysms.     Please note that recruitment is extremely competitive. Applicants with external scholarship/fellowship funding are strongly preferred, as are applicants who already have an MD or MBBS degree, or who are applying to UBC's MD-PhD program. High school and undergraduate volunteers are typically accepted only for summer terms. I regret that I do not have time to reply to all requests.

Research Interests: Emulsions, Fluid Mechanics, Foams, Functional Foods, Interfacial Phenomena, Interfacial Rheology, Novel Instrumentation, Nutriceuticals and Functional Foods, Physics of Soft Matter, Sensory Analysis

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Research Interests: Cultural Industries, Formalism, Marxism and Critical Theory, Marxist Feminism, Modernism, Twentieth Century European Art

Research Interests: Mathematical Analysis, Quantum Phenomena, Mathematical physics, Quantum statistical physics, Topological states of matter

Research Interests: Energy Transformation and Energy Using, Catalysis, Energy, Greenhouse gas mitigation

Potential project areas:

CO2-free conversion of greenhouse gases into chemicals, fuels, and products


I am looking for one postdoc to start on an industrially funded project approximetaly January 1 2021. 


I am also considering a highly qualified PhD student to work on liquid heterogeneous catalysis.


Please include the position you are applying to in your application.

Research Interests: Activism and visual culture, Artist or Author Social Identity, Artistic and Literary Marginality, Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles, Canadian contemporary art, Feminist art histories, Movement culture, Performance studies, Queer art, Social Movements

Research Interests: Quantum Phenomena, Magnetism, Materials design and discovery, Quantum materials

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Materials innovations have sparked most of the major technological advances across the millennia – from the stone, bronze, and iron ages through to the current silicon age. Science now stands on the precipice of a new era: the age of quantum materials – materials with extraordinary electronic and magnetic properties that rely on quantum mechanical effects. In the Hallas group, we use state-of-the-art crystal growth techniques to discover new quantum materials that could unlock these future technologies. 


Crystal growth of new materials

Our group uses a wide range of synthetic methods to grow samples of the materials we study. Conventional solid state methods (shake-and-bake) and flux crystal growth are ideally suited to exploratory synthesis in the pursuit of exciting new materials. The optical floating zone image furnace is a powerful tool that allows us to grow pristine large single crystals. High pressure methods allow us to capture metastable phases that cannot be grown under ambient pressure conditions, an excellent route to finding new structural phases with the potential for exotic new properties. By using this diverse set of synthetic techniques, we are able to explore the periodic table in an unconstrained way, applying the most favourable method for the material we seek to grow.


Structure and the role of disorder

Understanding the crystallography of our new material provides the foundation upon which all other characterizations rest. First and foremost, the crystal symmetry and the connectivity of our lattice informs which theoretical models may be applicable to our material. Furthermore, it is often the materials with the most interesting ground states that exhibit the most profound sensitivity to disorder. Thus, it is crucial to determine what types of disorder are present, and attempt to modify the crystal growth recipe to obtain the highest quality samples. To accomplish these structural characterizations, our starting point is always x-ray diffraction. From there on, we can expand to other tools such as neutron diffraction and electron microscopy.


Magnetic and electronic phenomena

Quantum materials can have remarkable magnetic and electronic states, ranging from superconductors to spin liquids to topological semimetals. These states often emerge under extreme conditions, very low temperatures and high magnetic fields. We have the ability to measure a wide range of physical properties, including magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity, and electrical resistivity, down to 0.05 K (1/20th of a degree above absolute zero!) and magnetic fields up to 14 T. 


Seeing deeper with neutrons and muons

While we can perform many measurements in our very own lab, some experimental techniques require us to travel to beam lines at large user facilities. We are lucky that Canada's only muon source, TRIUMF, is conveniently located on UBC campus. We can use muon spin relaxation experiments to understand whether our magnetic material is frozen or dynamic or to determine the penetration depth in our superconductor. To access neutron beams we have to travel further; Canada does not currently have a major neutron source. Neutron scattering experiments can tell us the arrangement of magnetic moments in a magnetically ordered material or to map out the the spin excitations. Muon and neutron experiments provide critical insights into the behaviors of quantum materials, that in some cases cannot be accomplished with any other experimental probe. 

Research Interests: Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Cell Signaling, Genes, Genotype and Phenotype, Enzymes and Proteins, Nucleic Acids, Cell biology, Genetics, Biochemistry , Molecular biology , Organelle biology , Mitochondria , Mitochondrial stress, Protein quality control, Metabolism , Neurodegenerative diseases

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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

Position Title Application Deadline
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Global Sourcing amid Supply Chain Disruptions
Research Associate in Psychology
Scientist/Senior Scientist