Job Opportunities

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


Research Associate in Integrated Regional Geoscience

MDRU-Mineral Deposit Research Unit are looking to hire a Research Associate in Integrated Regional Geoscience to provide leadership to research projects that provide superior interpretations of Cordilleran Geoscience for the benefit of improved mineral exploration decision-making.  The candidate will also be required to provide training to students and industry in geophysical interpretations, write scientific reports and manuscripts, and make presentations at technical meetings.

The successful candidate will investigate, integrate and interpret numerous and large geophysical and geoscience databases in four dimensions to generate geological models and scientific outputs. 

The successful candidate will have expertise and experience in interpreting the geological geometries of large swaths of the Canadian Cordillera crust as derived from various geophysical survey data sets.  The candidate will therefore have experience in petrography and integrating and interpreting it with respect to petrophysical data sets.  The candidate will also work with geophysicists to constrain and interpret geophysical inversions.  The candidate will have experience in integrating the various geoscience data in ArcGIS, Geosoft, ANALYST and GoCAD.

The candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of experience in dealing with, integrating and interpreting large geoscience data sets and creating outputs for mineral exploration decision-making.  The position is available for one year, potentially extendable if sufficient funding is secured.

Please apply with a one-page cover letter, CV, GoogleScholar profile and pdfs of your completed maps, to Dr. Craig Hart, MDRU Director '; // --> "> .  Applications will be considered until appropriate candidates are vested.  A PhD is required.  Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes the UBC benefit package. 

MDRU-Mineral Deposit Research Unit is an internationally-recognized industry-sponsored research group based at The University of British Columbia who are dedicated to reducing risk and solving mineral exploration problems by providing research, education and industry training.  http://www.mdru.ubc.ca/

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

Posted: 
September 20, 2019

Assistant Professor (tenure-track) - Earth Data Science

The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) at the University of British Columbia invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of Earth Data Science. We seek applicants whose research addresses fundamental or applied questions in one or more of the Earth, ocean, or atmospheric sciences, using novel data-driven computational techniques such as machine learning and inversion methods to advance knowledge of the Earth system and/or solve geoscience problems of societal relevance. The ideal candidate is methods-oriented, has a track record of collaborative, cross-disciplinary work, and holds a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong, externally funded and internationally-recognized research program, effectively manage and mentor a diverse research group, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate in departmental activities. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to play an important role in EOAS and Faculty of Science efforts to incorporate data science computation throughout the undergraduate curriculum.

EOAS is the top-ranked and largest Earth Sciences department in Canada, with research and teaching interests that span Earth and planetary systems, including modern and paleo environments from the core to the stratosphere (https://www.eoas.ubc.ca/research/areas).  There is also strong potential for collaboration with other groups at UBC, including the Department of Computer Science (cs.ubc.ca) and the Data Science Institute (dsi.ubc.ca). EOAS is dedicated to practicing excellence in teaching, and candidates should demonstrate potential for teaching excellence and interest in innovative teaching methods.

Applications should include: i) a cover letter, ii) a detailed curriculum vita, iii) a one-page summary of research interests and accomplishments, iv) a one-page outline of a potential five-year research program, v) a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, vi) three recent publications, and  vii) a statement describing your experience working with a diverse student body, as well as your past, present, and/or future contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion on campus. Application materials should be combined into a single PDF document and be uploaded through the UBC Careers website at: www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/35189. In addition, the names and contact details of three referees should be entered online here: https://www.eoas.ubc.ca/content/refereesubmissionformearthdatascience. Referees will be sent an automated email requesting submission of letters before the deadline. Applicants should follow-up with referees to confirm receipt of the automated message and submission of letter before November 24, 2019.

Review of applications will start November 18, 2019. The successful applicant is expected to start in July 2020 or at a date of mutual agreement. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

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.

Questions should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Professor Rich Pawlowicz, by email to

Posted: 
September 10, 2019
Deadline: 
November 17, 2019

Assistant Professor (tenure-track) - Environmental Geochemistry of the Anthropocene

The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) at the University of British Columbia invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Environmental Geochemistry of the Anthropocene. We seek an innovative researcher investigating geochemical processes in human impacted and/or managed environments, working to understand the response of natural geochemical cycles to anthropogenic influences. Candidates should hold a PhD in a related field, and be interested in addressing fundamental geochemical research questions relevant to contemporary environmental problems. All aspects of Anthropocene geochemistry are of interest, including, but not limited to: the distribution and pathways of metals in the environment; transport and accumulation mechanisms of pollutants in the geosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere; geochemical “fingerprinting” of natural and anthropogenic pollutant levels, sources and sinks; and geochemical processes essential to the provision of ecosystem services.

EOAS houses state-of-the-art chemical clean laboratories and analytical instrumentation at the Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (PCIGR) and at the Microbeam and X-ray Diffraction Facility. These facilities provide key analytical opportunities, and engagement with these facilities by the candidate would be desirable. UBC is also home to numerous shared-facilities open to faculty researchers, and provides access to a wide range of field sampling opportunities in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong, externally funded and internationally recognized research program, successfully manage and mentor a diverse research group, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses. EOAS is dedicated to excellence in teaching, and evidence demonstrating potential teaching excellence and interest in innovative teaching methods is desirable. Candidates should possess a strong record of research productivity commensurate with their experience.

EOAS is the top-ranked and largest Earth Sciences department in Canada, with research and teaching that span all facets of the Earth system, from the core to the stratosphere (http://www.eoas.ubc.ca/). We seek candidates who complement existing departmental strengths and have capacity and interest in interacting across disciplines with other research groups both within and outside the department, including: the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability; the Department of Chemistry; the Faculty of Land and Food Systems; the School of Population and Public Health; and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

Applications should include: i) a cover letter, ii) a detailed curriculum vita, iii) a one-page summary of research interests and accomplishments, iv) a one-page outline of a potential five-year research program, v) a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, vi) three recent publications, and  vii) a statement describing their experience working with a diverse student body, and contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion on campus or within their discipline. 

Application materials should be combined into a single PDF document and be uploaded through the UBC Careers website at: www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/34922

In addition, the names and contact details of three referees should be entered here: https://www.eoas.ubc.ca/refenvironmentalgeochemistry . We will contact your referees and ask them to submit reference letters. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure their referees submit their letters before (7 days after closing).

Review of applications will start October 15, 2019. The successful applicant is expected to start in July 2020 or at a date of mutual agreement. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

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.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Questions should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Professor Raymond Andersen, by email at

Posted: 
August 16, 2019
Deadline: 
October 15, 2019

MDRU Director

MDRU Director

Mineral Deposit Research Unit at The University of British Columbia

The Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) Board of Directors and the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) at The University of British Columbia (UBC), invite applicants for the position of MDRU Director.

The Director will provide visionary leadership, coordination and management of MDRU’s core areas of research, education, knowledge transfer and operating sustainability.  Successful leadership and management of MDRU requires an extensive knowledge of the exploration and mining business and the application of geoscience research and innovation to drive success.  The MDRU Director builds and maintains strong relationships within UBC, industry, geological surveys and other universities.  These relationships facilitate successful, interdisciplinary research collaborations amongst faculty members, researchers, graduate students and industry collaborators within MDRU and EOAS, elsewhere at UBC and internationally.  The Director raises ~$2M annually to fund collaborative research projects that typically support ~30 graduate students, Post-Doctoral Fellows and Research Associates on projects around the world.  MDRU is dedicated to education and training and has provided >100 training events and contributed to the success of over 150 highly-qualified persons (graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates) since its inception in 1989. For more details, visit www.mdru.ubc.ca.

Applications are invited from geoscientists with a proven track record of technical and scientific excellence in economic geology and mineral exploration.  The successful candidate will possess outstanding leadership, management, and interpersonal skills, have a demonstrated track-record of building successful collaborative teams, and be a strong strategic thinker.  A PhD is required.  Candidates must have extensive knowledge in economic geology and are expected to have significant career experience in the minerals industry and/or government and/or an academic environment with a significant focus on economic geology.  Candidates will have had broad experience across a range of mineral deposits types, settings and scientific challenges related to ore deposit discovery. Experience in integrated geoscience applications and the application of geoscience across the mining value chain are considered assets.  Candidates lacking industry experience must be able to demonstrate a significant record of applied mineral deposit research. Candidates lacking professorial experience must demonstrate the ability to advance mineral deposit knowledge and excellence in education and training and ability to effectively teach and mentor trainees

The initial appointment as Director will be for three years, and may be renewed by the MDRU Board of Directors.  The Directorship carries an academic appointment within the Department of EOAS at UBC (see criteria at: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/recruitment/titles-ranks-descript... The successful candidate will have experience and qualifications that satisfy both the applied industry focus and the academic eligibility of a Grant-tenured Associate Professor or Professor.   Salary will be commensurate with experience.  The starting date is negotiable, preferably by January 2020. 

EOAS is a large and diverse department with research interests that span the evolution of Earth from core to stratosphere and is dedicated to innovative teaching (www.eoas.ubc.ca). We seek candidates who will collaborate with research groups both within and outside the department, strengthen research ties with other parts of UBC's broad earth science community, demonstrate potential to contribute to excellence in teaching and mentoring, and build strong relationships with the minerals industry.  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 status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. 

UBC's strategic plan identifies inclusion as one of our key priorities. We welcome colleagues with the experiences and competencies that can contribute to our principles of inclusion, equity, and diversity throughout campus life.  In your application, please include a statement describing your experience working with a diverse organization and your contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion within your discipline.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

How to Apply

Application packages should include:

  1. a cover letter;
  2. a detailed curriculum vita and publication list;
  3. a one-page summary of research interests and accomplishment, and examples of three recent publications;
  4. a one-page outline of a potential three to five-year business plan for MDRU;
  5. diversity statement
  6. the names and contact details of three referees

These should be combined into a single PDF document and be uploaded through the UBC Careers website at: http://www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/34764

The deadline for receipt of applications September 30, 2019, after which the review of applications will begin. 

Inquiries should be directed to the Search Committee Chair via email: mdru-search@eoas.ubc.ca

Posted: 
August 1, 2019
Deadline: 
September 30, 2019