Job Opportunities

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

Skylight Science Education Specialist


The position is a Faculty of Science-funded education specialist embedded in the Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) Department. The person will have disciplinary expertise (preferably a graduate degree in an EOAS-related discipline), and will bring expertise in pedagogy and evidence-based practices from their own background and bolstered with Skylight-coordinated professional development workshops and ongoing mentoring from Skylight leadership and peers. They will mentor faculty instructors using the developed teaching methods and materials. From time to time, the incumbent will need to participate in the instruction to undergraduates to advance the pedagogy of the way a course is delivered.
This role will be a resource, guide and support within the department that will lead scholarship of teaching and learning projects, advise the faculty on teaching and learning practices and work with them on course and curriculum revisions, evaluations and pedagogical improvement projects.

Please see full job description in the attachment and submit your application through UBC-Career website at:

March 24, 2017
April 14, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow-Hydrogeology Group/Antamina Waste Rock Weathering Study

The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a Post-doctoral Fellow in the field of contaminant hydrogeology or geochemistry. The principal tasks will be to aid in the interpretation of a comprehensive data set of fluid flow, aqueous and solid phase geochemistry, temperature and gas composition collected over 10 years at a mine site in Peru. The successful candidate will interpret and integrate this data and assist a group of researchers and graduate students in the organization and authorship of papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The extensive dataset provides an opportunity to co-author multiple publications. There is an opportunity to contribute to other projects in the hydrogeology group.

Full details can be found in the attached PDF. 

February 23, 2017
April 20, 2017

Research Associate – Geometallurgy

MDRU is looking for a Research Geometallurgist to play a key role in developing and implementing a range of research opportunities, strategies and projects in this rapidly developing discipline.  We are looking for a Research Associate to lead and contribute to MDRU’s geometallugy initiatives across the mining cycle from exploration to tailings; including alteration studies, defining 3D domains, petrophysical rock properties, gold deportment, rock hardness and comminution, mineral liberation and tailings maturation.

The successful candidate will have:

  • a track record of collaborating with the minerals industry to develop and deliver research results that contribute to problem solving and improved decision-making
  • experience contributing to a team environment, interacting and facilitating research with colleagues, graduate students and faculty
  • be internationally recognized for their contributions, as evidenced by their involvement and influence
  • experience in developing problem solving strategies, utilizing a range of technologies and analytical approaches
  • expertise in the acquisition, interpretation and application of SWIR, XRF, SEM/MLA, CL, EMPA, LA-ICP-MS data. 

MDRU’s approach to geometallurgy is “rocks first” with an emphasis on material characterization to establish domains of coherent mineralogical, geochemical and petrophysical characteristics as they relate to mineral processing, recovery and disposal. Candidates with strengths in geochemistry, mineralogy, 3D modelling, data management or rock mechanics will be more favourably considered.

The successful candidate will have excellent critical problem-solving skills, a track record of excellent oral and written communications, and be able to contribute effectively to both academic and industry environments.  MDRU Researchers are expected to interact with and participate in the research activities of their colleagues, graduate students and geoscientists from other universities, government agencies, mineral exploration and service companies. 

Applicants should hold a PhD degree and have at least three years of relevant industry or government experience.  Salary will be negotiated and commensurate with experience.   The position is for a term of one-year, extendable.  Applications, including a one-page cover letter, CV, GoogleScholar page and salient publications should be submitted through the UBC careers web-site (Job # 25438).  Applications will be screened and considered upon receipt.

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.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. UBC is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes expressions of interest from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. However, Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority.  

January 17, 2017
February 17, 2017

Research Associates – Regional Geology & Metallogeny

MDRU-Mineral Deposit Research Unit at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, is looking for Research Geologists with expertise in Regional Geology and Metallogeny to develop and lead new regional geological mapping and data integration projects with industry and government collaborators. 

These projects will acquire, integrate, analyse and interpret large geoscience datasets with a goal towards producing new geological frameworks and derivative map and data products for complex regions of the North American cordillera and Andes. The Researcher will have skills related to the compilation and integration of a wide range of data types including new and existing geology, regional geochemistry and geophysics.  The Researcher will also undertake regional field mapping, (with supporting geochemistry and geochronology) to generate new understandings of the geological controls related mineral deposits.

 Essential skills for this position include:

  • experience in regional geological mapping including field mapping at a range of scales;
  • hands-on experience interpreting and extracting information from regional potential field geophysical datasets;
  • experience interpreting regional geochemical datasets;
  • proficiency with technologies and software that support data compilation, integration, interpretation and production, such as competence with GIS products such as ArcGIS10™ or similar; experience with 3D mapping tools such as gOcad™, Leapfrog™, GeoModeller™ or Move™ is desirable;
  • expertise in a particular geological field such as structure, petrology, mineral deposits, geochronology etc …
  • technical writing, graphics production and communication skills;
  • a track record of collaboration, collegiality and timely completion.

The successful candidate will have a high-level of understanding of Cordilleran geology normally acquired with >3 years of experience in a geological survey or academic setting.  Spanish language skills are essential for some opportunities.  Applications should include a one-page cover letter, CV, GoogleScholar profile and pdfs of your completed maps and should be submitted through the UBC-Careers web-site (Job #25439).  Applications will be considered until appropriate candidates are vested.  This position will be hired at a UBC Research Associate level, a PhD is desirable but not essential.  The length of this position is depending on project success.  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.

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. V2017.01.13

January 17, 2017
February 17, 2017