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: Transcription, Gene regulation, Stress responses , Hypoxia, Aging, Metabolism, Lipid biology, C. elegans, Mouse

Potential project areas:

My lab is interested in gene regulation by the so-called Mediator complex, an essential eukaryotic transcriptional regulator that is mutated or deregulated in various human diseases (cancers, developmental disorders, etc). In particular, we study how Mediator and their associated transcriptional partners control (lipid) metabolism and stress responses (hypoxia, oxidative stress, starvation). We primarily use the powerful C. elegans model (the worm), mice (tissue-specific KO), and cell culture. We employ classic and state-of-the-art genetic, molecular, and genomic approaches (RNA-seq, CRISPR-Cas9, RNA interference, yeast-two-hybrid, etc). Projects revolve around characterizing how Mediator subunits and their transcription factor partners control metabolism and stress responses, identifying Mediator:transcription factor interactions, defining their molecular determinants to explore target ability by small molecule compounds, and to identify which cellular signalling pathways these factors interact with to regulate metabolism and stress adaptation.

Research Interests: Cosmology

Potential project areas:

A wide range of topics within observational and theoretical cosmology

Research Interests: Forestry

Research Interests: urban forestry, green infrastructure planning, green space governance, urban ecosystem services, people-nature relationships

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

Research Interests: Pharmacogenomics, Adverse drug reactions (ADRs), Drug safety and effectiveness, Clinical pharmacology, Pharmacovigilance

Potential project areas:

There are numerous opportunities for pursuing doctoral and post-doctoral research using state of the art genotyping and sequencing platforms to identify the genetic determinants of severe adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in paediatric and adult populations. In close collaboration with the CPNDS active surveillance network, genetic association and validation studies are being performed to define ADR causal genes and to develop diagnostic tests to offer personalized therapeutic recommendations for commonly used drugs. Current pharmacogenomics and surveillance focuses are: cisplatin, anthracyclines, vincristine, warfarin, codeine, inhaled corticosteroids, 5-HT3 antagonists (antiemetics), and drugs used in the treatment of Hepatitis C. Other projects include the development of clinical practice guidelines for six drugs, and knowledge translation to implement pharmacogenomic testing in clinical practice.

Research Interests: Complex fluids, Biophysics, Mathematical biology

Research Interests: Occupational Health, Noise and Chrnoic Disease

Research Interests: Organizational Theory, Distributed Trust Technologies (Blockchain, etc.), Early life factors role in later life workplace outcomes, Social networks and organizational decision making, Discrimination and networks in the employment relationship

Research Interests: Analytical Chemistry, Plant Ecophysiology, Plant Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Biological Chemistry


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: