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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

Eligibility

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 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: Adaptation, Crops, Invasive plants, Plant evolutionary biology, Speciation, Weeds

Potential project areas:

Adaptation, Speciation, Evolution of Crops and Weeds, Bioinformatics

Research Interests: Bioinformatics, Cancer Genetics, Cancer biology, Genomic rearrangements, Genomics, Pancreas, Pathology, Patient derived models

Potential project areas:

We conduct translational cancer research and have various ongoing projects focusing on Pancreatic Cancer. We are looking for students interested in a bioinformatics and bench top project studying genomic alterations and rearrangements and students interested in the development and use of patient deterived organoid models for translational research including drug screening, metabolism, and idetification of treatment markers. 

 

Research Interests: CRISPR/Cas, Diabetes, Human pluripotent stem cells, Transcriptional regulation, ß-cell biology, ß-cell development

Potential project areas:

Research in the Lynn lab is targeted at understanding the insulin-producing pancreatic β-cell, how it fails during diabetes mellitus and how we can make surrogate cells to cure diabetes. We use a variety of models to study the regulatory pathways important for embryonic β-cell genesis and function. The current focus of research in the lab is understanding how DNA-binding transcription factors regulate β-cell formation and function, how they are reguated post-translationally and how they prevent β-cell dysfunction and diabetes. We currently have positions available for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars interested in studying the regulation of pancreatic β-cell development and function. Please contact me personally by e-mail with a cover letter outlining your interests, why you would like to join my lab, and please include your vita. Experience in cell and developmental biology, molecular biology or stem cell biology is preferred. More important are curiosity and passion about stem and developmental biology, and a talent for independent research, supported by a strong publication record.

Research Interests: British Empire History, Canadian History, Criminal Justice History, International Law and International Relations, Legal History, North American History, Political History

Potential project areas:

Canadian History; North American History; British Empire History; Legal History; Political History; Criminal Justice History; International Law and International Relations

Research Interests: Agri-food Transformation Products, Aspartic proteases, Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Biophysics, Enzymes and Proteins, Food chemistry, Food proteins, Funtional amyloid, Meat analogues, Nanomaterials, Nutriceuticals and Functional Foods, Prions, Protein aggregation, Protein engineering, Protein folding, Protein nanofibrils, Proteins, Psychrophilic enzymes

Potential project areas:

1. genetic and chemical modification to engineer functional amyloid

2. examine misfolding and aggregation of prion proteins

3. conversion of plant proteins into nanofibrils for use in foods

4. mechanisms of biofilm-associated amyloid fibril formation

Research Interests: Chromatin Biology, Epigenetics, Molecular Biology, Social Epigenetics

Research Interests: Colonialism, Latin America, Trans-Pacific Studies, Globalization

Potential project areas:

Transpacific Studies

Early Globalization and its Legacy

Decoloniality

Research Interests: Alternatives to antibiotics, Bacterial pathogenesis, Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Functional and Structural Proteomics, Microbial metal metabolism

Research Interests: early osteoarthritis, magnetic resonance imaging in osteoarthritis, biomarkers in osteoarthritis, progression of early osteoarthritis, clinical detection of early osteoarthritis

Potential project areas:

Predictors of knee osteoarthritis progression over 7 years.

Research Interests: Colonial Legal History, Critical Theory, Oceans and Maritime Worlds, Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, Race and Racism, Time and Temporality

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