Job Opportunities

 This page lists faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellow, and research associate opportunities. Graduate student research opportunities are posted on a separate webpage.


Zooplankton Ecology & Modelling of the Salish Sea Postdoctoral Fellow

The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of zooplankton ecology and modelling. The successful applicant will conduct research as part of a collaborative group investigating and modelling phytoplankton and zooplankton ecology of the Salish Sea. The candidate will be expected to take a lead role in performing model - data comparisons to evaluate an existing coupled bio-physical model (SalishSeaCast with SMELT salishsea.eos.ubc.ca) in collaboration with zooplankton ecologists in Fisheries and Oceans, Canada and University of Washington. Once the model is evaluated, the candidate will use the model results to determine the drivers of seasonal and interannual variability in zooplankton in the Salish Sea to aid in understanding juvenile salmon survival.  In collaboration with modellers, the candidate will contribute to the development and testing of zooplankton model improvements. Other responsibilities include communications with partners, report preparation, presentation of results at conferences and the publication of research results in peer-reviewed, leading international journals.

Minimum Requirements: A Ph.D. in oceanography or a related field with both expertise in zooplankton ecology and a strong quantitative background. A broad understanding of phytoplankton and zooplankton taxonomic groups is required and knowledge of their life histories and ecologies, including relationships with physical processes is desirable. Programming knowledge with R, python or similar is required and experience handling large spatial data/results sets is preferred. Practice with comparisons using diverse data sets would be an asset; candidates with previous experience in evaluation of plankton models would be ideal. The candidate should have an excellent record of research competence demonstrated by publications in the peer-reviewed international scientific literature. The ideal candidate will be independent, self-motivated, collaborative, have excellent written communication skills, and be well organized. The position is for one-year, renewable for a second year. Preferred start dates are September-November 2020. Salary is dependent upon educational level and experience; the minimum salary is $57,000 per year plus benefits.

Applications, including a CV, copies of two relevant publications, and the names, e-mails and phone numbers of three referees should be sent to Dr. Susan Allen ( ). The application deadline is August 14, 2020 but will be extended if a suitable candidate has not been found.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community.  We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Supervisor: 
Susan Allen
Posted: 
July 17, 2020
Deadline: 
August 14, 2020

Postdoctoral Fellow

The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of zooplankton ecology and modelling. The successful applicant will conduct research as part of a collaborative group investigating and modelling phytoplankton and zooplankton ecology of the Salish Sea. The candidate will be expected to take a lead role in performing model - data comparisons to evaluate an existing coupled bio-physical model (SalishSeaCast with SMELT salishsea.eos.ubc.ca) in collaboration with zooplankton and phytoplankton ecologists in Fisheries and Oceans, Canada and University of Washington. Once the model is evaluated, the candidate will use the model results to determine the drivers of seasonal and interannual variability in plankton in the Salish Sea to aid in understanding juvenile salmon survival.  In collaboration with modellers, the candidate will contribute to the development and testing of zooplankton model improvements. Other responsibilities include communications with partners, report preparation, presentation of results at conferences and the publication of research results in peer-reviewed, leading international journals.

Minimum Requirements: A Ph.D. in oceanography or a related field with both expertise in plankton ecology and a strong quantitative background. A broad understanding of phytoplankton and zooplankton taxonomic groups is required and knowledge of their life histories and ecologies, including relationships with physical processes is desirable. Programming knowledge with R, python or similar is required and experience handling large spatial data/results sets is preferred. Practice with comparisons using diverse data sets would be an asset; candidates with previous experience in evaluation of plankton models would be ideal. The candidate should have an excellent record of research competence demonstrated by publications in the peer-reviewed international scientific literature. The ideal candidate will be independent, self-motivated, collaborative, have excellent written communication skills, and be well organized. The position is for one-year, renewable for a second year and the start date can be as early as July 1, 2020. Salary is dependent upon educational level and experience; the minimum salary is $57,000 per year plus benefits.

Applications, including a CV, copies of two relevant publications, and the names, e-mails and phone numbers of three referees should be sent to Dr. Susan Allen          (  ). Application review will start on June 15, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community.  We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada.

Posted: 
June 2, 2020

BRIMM Director

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver seeks outstanding internal candidates for the position of Director of the Bradshaw Research Initiative for Minerals and Mining.

The Bradshaw Research Initiative for Minerals and Mining (BRIMM) advances the transformation of the mining sector by connecting the unique insights of researchers and industry to generate solutions for the benefit of society and the environment. It provides seed-funding and industry engagement support to UBC research groups to support multidisciplinary research across the traditional silos of exploration, mining and broader environmental and socioeconomic impact.
As the primary academic and administrative officer of BRIMM, the Director coordinates and leads BRIMM activities on campus and in partnership with industry. Collaboration across UBC faculties, and with other mining centers at UBC such as MDRU, CIRDI, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering and Hydromet is an important facet of BRIMM’s approach to achieving the goal of positive change and sustainability in the global mining industry. The Director reports to the Vice President, Research and Innovation and to the BRIMM Board of Directors.

Eligible applicants will have an appointment at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor at UBC, Vancouver campus. The ideal candidate will have a broad perspective on the minerals industry and will be able to provide leadership to support existing and develop new research themes, build research partnerships with industry and government, and promote BRIMM activities internally and around the world. The successful candidate will have proven leadership and administrative experience, or the clear potential to develop these skills. The term of the Director will start on July 1st, 2020.

Applicants are invited to submit as a single pdf document a brief cover letter expressing interest, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least two references. Applications should be submitted in confidence to:
Deans James Olson and Meigan Aronson care of Sue Yee ( ). Review of applications will begin on 05 June, 2020.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Posted: 
May 27, 2020
Deadline: 
June 4, 2020