Job Opportunities

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


Part-time Sessional Lecturer: EOSC 110

EARTH, OCEAN and ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

Part-Time Sessional Lecturer

EOSC 110 – Solid Earth: A Dynamic Planet

 

We seek a co-instructor to teach 50% of EOSC 110: Solid Earth: A Dynamic Planet in Term 2 of the 2020-2021 academic year, beginning in January 2021.

The focus of the course is Earths, composition, structure, and natural resources.

The required course text is Physical Geology by Stephen Earle. This is a free online textbook that can be found in a variety of formats here: https://goo.gl/K4x1SD .

For more information on the course please refer to:

https://www.eoas.ubc.ca/academics/courses/eosc110

 

Duties

Responsibilities of the co-instructor include:

Review existing and/or modify/develop new pre-class reading and reading quizzes.

Review existing and/or modify/develop new weekly assignments

Deliver lectures using clickers and worksheets in class

Interact with students

Oversee midterms and the final examination

The co-instructor will be responsible for 50% of this 3-credit course.  Applicants must hold an M.Sc. or a Ph.D. (or be enrolled in a Ph.D. program) in a related field and have a demonstrated interest in teaching at the undergraduate level.  Previous online course experience, teaching experience and/or instructional training are desired.  (Note: UBC Ph.D. students without an M.Sc. must have passed their candidacy examination in order to apply; students currently enrolled in a M.Sc. program are not eligible for this position).

Please provide a curriculum vitae. Applications and supporting materials should be addressed to Philippe Tortell, Head, Earth Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, University of British Columbia by October 23, 2020.  E-mail submissions should be sent to headsec@eoas.ubc.ca .Applicants who have not previously lectured in EOAS should also provide a one-page statement describing your scientific background and qualifications for teaching, and the names of two referees.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. 

Review of applications will begin October 23, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posted: 
October 13, 2020
Deadline: 
October 23, 2020

Post-doctoral position (1 year): Ecosystem modeller for assessing the impacts of oil spills in the Salish Sea - University of British Columbia

The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a 1-year Postdoctoral Fellow to act as an Ecosystem modeler with UBC for a project on modelling ecosystem impacts of oils spills in the Salish Sea, starting between October and December 2020 (with the option to work part-time for a longer period), at standard postdoc salary rate. This role is part of an international project, funded through the Multi-partner Oil Spill Research Initiative (MPRI), which is developing and using an implementation of the Atlantis end-to-end ecosystem model to explore scenarios for the ecosystem-level impacts of oil spills in the region, in support of risk mitigation and management.

The main role of the postdoc will be to work as an ecosystem modeller using the Atlantis ecosystem model that has been developed by CSIRO and UBC for the Salish Sea ecosystem. Key tasks for the successful candidate will include undertaking training in the use of the Atlantis model, and then working in collaboration with stakeholders, as well as the CSIRO and UBC modelling teams, to implement and evaluate realistic scenarios of possible oil spills on the Salish Sea ecosystem. Outputs and outcomes from the position will include assessments of the ecosystem consequences of potential spill events, evaluation of alternative management strategies to mitigate these impacts, and the development of papers for publication in peer reviewed journals.

This position is an exciting opportunity for an early career researcher with a quantitative/ecosystem or biogeochemical modelling background to gain first-hand experience with the Atlantis model – including through dedicated training with the model’s developers at CSIRO – as well as to work with a leading, multidisciplinary modelling team in the Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Colombia.  Candidates should hold a PhD in Marine Ecosystem Modelling, Quantitative Marine Science, Ocean Biological Modelling or a related discipline with a background in statistics, modelling of marine populations, and programming experience (e.g. in C, Python; R, or Matlab).

The role will be co-supervised by Dr Susan Allen (UBC) and Dr Javier Porobic (CSIRO, Australia), with input from Drs Beth Fulton (CSIRO) and Jess Melbourne-Thomas (CSIRO).

Applications including CV; names, e-mails and phone numbers of three referees; and a short statement (up to 500 words) of research interests and suitability for the position should be sent to Dr. Susan Allen (sallen@eoas.ubc.ca) and Dr. Javier Porobic (Javier.Porobic@csiro.au). The new application deadline is October 9, 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: 
September 23, 2020
Deadline: 
October 9, 2020

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 October-December 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 new application deadline is October 8, 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: 
September 14, 2020
Deadline: 
October 8, 2020

Two 2-year, Teaching Assistantships: EOAS Web-Based Science Communication

EOAS seeks two highly-motivated graduate students who are passionate about scientific communication for a 2-year commitment to produce and manage critical content on the EOAS website and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Youtube).  The successful candidates will work with the EOAS Webmaster  and the Public and Internal Relations Committee.

The EOAS website serves two populations. The internal website delivers and archives critical information that affects the day-to-day operations of the EOAS community, and highlights noteworthy events and activities, such as seminars, public talks, and discussions.  The external website communicates our discoveries, innovations and achievements in research and teaching to broad audiences, and promotes Earth Sciences to learners of all demographics.  Our website projects real-time information about the department that defines who we are and what we do.

The positions have an anticipated time commitment equivalent to 6-hour / week TAships, although hours will be flexible, and may not be equally distributed across the different academic terms. Hires will collaborate on a schedule for weekly content updates for both the internal and external parts of the EOAS website and social media, as appropriate. Hires will engage with EOAS faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and staff members to actively solicit and produce new content for the website and social media channels in the form of written narratives, videos, and images.  Successful candidates will have the opportunity to engage broadly with members of EOAS across disciplinary boundaries, to better understand, and help promote the outstanding research and teaching accomplishments of our department. 

To apply, please send a one-page statement of interest, a CV, one letter of reference and up to 4 examples of science communication you have produced (ideally in various formats - written narrative, video, blog, etc.). Please articulate in plain language why you want this position, what you think you can bring to the role and what you hope to learn through this experience. Please also identify one challenge that you anticipate and discuss your strategy for its navigation.

Application materials should be sent to Hazel Evangelista no later than Sept 15, by email to headsec@eoas.ubc.ca

Posted: 
August 7, 2020
Deadline: 
September 15, 2020