Careers

With more than 18,000 faculty and staff, UBC is one of British Columbia’s largest workforces. We are also one of the most progressive, consistently recognized as one of BC’s best employers.

Faculty and Staff

We value our faculty and staff members and are always looking for talented people to join our thriving team. Excellent benefits, diverse career opportunities, and a true community spirit are just some of the reasons you should consider joining our team of talented, dynamic faculty and staff. For a full list of current openings, visit UBC’s Staff & Faculty Careers page.

Students

Teaching Assistants

Each academic year, we have openings for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and possibly Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs) for biology courses in the September, January and May terms.

The Teaching Assistant duties may include:

  • Instruction in labs
  • Marking assignments, labs, and exams
  • Discussion periods
  • Tutorials and lectures
  • Invigilation duties
  • Academic assistance to students in office hours

The hours will not exceed an average of 12 hours per week. Wages, as stated in the current BCGEU Collective Agreement, are as follows:

  • Graduate TA (PhD program): $34.72 per hour ($13,331.20 annual rate September – April)
  • Graduate TA (Master’s program): $33.44 per hour ($12,842.64 annual rate September – April)
  • Undergraduate TA (Bachelors program): $17.82 per hour ($6,844.72.16 annual rate September – April)
  • Markers: $17.32 per hour

Subject to funding, the Department of Biology has part-time TA positions available in 2021S and 2021W Terms. Qualifications preferred include an understanding of the discipline and good grades. UTA’s must be a major in the discipline, have fourth-year standing, and must maintain a minimum of 18 credits in the Winter session (2020W) and a minimum of 9 credits in the Summer session (2021S). Part-time students can also be considered.

2020S and 2020W term application deadlines have passed.

Applications will be posted in March 2021 for 2021S and 2021W positions.

Please contact biology.okanagan@ubc.ca for inquiries.

UBC Okanagan hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, visible minority group members, 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.


Masters Students

PRISM Lab Funded Research Project 2021: Insect Meal from Food Waste for Poultry Feeds – A Sustainable Circular Economy Solution? (Funding: $20,000 annually for 2 years)

Global food systems, while critical to meeting basic human needs, are a major driver of many sustainability challenges. The livestock sector, through demand for feed resources and mobilization of nitrogen and phosphorus flows, plays a central role in such challenges and may hence also afford key mitigation opportunities. According to the United Nations, over 30% of food that is produced is lost or wasted. In Canada, total food loss/waste is estimated to be 40%. Food loss/waste exacerbates competition for agricultural land, water, and other limited resources, and contributes to a range of issues including climate change, biodiversity loss, nutrient pollution, food insecurity, and conflict. Increasing the circularity of nutrient flows in food systems by utilizing food otherwise destined for disposal as a substrate for producing insect meal for livestock feed has been proposed as a potential mitigation pathway. This two-year, funded MSc research project will evaluate a food waste-to-poultry feed pathway and its use as an input to egg production based on a case study in Western Canada. Life cycle modelling and assessment will be used to explore potential sustainability benefits, impacts and trade-offs across a range of relevant indicators.

PRISM Lab Funded Research Project 2021: Life Cycle Assessment of LED Lighting for Pullet and Layer Barns (Funding: $20,000 annually for 2 years)
Lighting systems for livestock production, in particular for poultry, are influential for animal health and productivity (Er et al. 2007; Hassan et al. 2014). Diverse lighting systems have been used in the poultry industry. Most recently, light emitting diode (LED) lighting systems have been developed for poultry housing. These systems are primarily marketed based on their energy efficiency compared to competing lighting systems, which can effect significant cost savings for producers.

Several researchers have reported differences in egg weight, shell strength, rate of lay, bird behaviour and feed conversion efficiency under different single and combined monochromatic LED light regimes (Karakaya et al. 2009; Huber-Eicher et al. 2013; Mendes et al. 2013). Carefully selected LED lighting regimes may therefore have important implications for sustainability performance which go far beyond direct, farm-level energy savings. This is particularly true with respect to changes in feed use efficiency, since feed inputs are the largest contributor to supply chain resource use and emissions for egg production (Pelletier et al. 2014), as well as rate-of-lay and mortality rates, both of which influence feed use efficiency.

An ISO-14044 compliant life cycle assessment study will be undertaken to evaluate the life cycle resource use and emissions implications of the use of LED lighting in egg production facilities.  The student will collaborate with Egg Farmers of Canada staff to identify study sites, liase with farmers, and collect data for key production performance parameters including on-farm energy use, feed conversion efficiency, rate-of-lay and mortality rates on Canadian farms currently implementing a combination of LED and non-LED lighting in parallel layer barn systems. These data will be used to produce life cycle inventory models for egg production using LED lighting for comparison against the national average benchmark model (Pelletier 2017). Scenario models will also be developed based on literature reporting layer hen performance under alternative LED lighting regimes and in consultation with research and technical experts in this domain. The student will then collaborate with EFC staff to develop knowledge transfer materials for educating Canadian egg farmers about potential sustainability costs and benefits associated with use of LED lighting systems.


PhD Positions

PRISM Lab Funded Research Project 2021: Life Cycle Assessment, Life Cycle Costing, and Techno-economic Assessment of Pulse Processing Technologies (Funding: $25,000 annually for 4 years)
Among agri-food products, pulse-based proteins – in particular, pea-based protein – have attracted strong interest recently, leading to major investments to build fractionation plants in the Canadian prairies. There is growing expectation that new plant-based protein products will feature environmental labels and that their manufacturing will become more sustainable by reducing resource utilization and improving the efficiency of the value chain. Such efforts must necessarily be supported by credible, transparent, and publicly available data sets and models. The successful candidate, under the co-supervision of Dr. Nathan Pelletier (UBC) and Dr. Farid Bensebaa (NRC) will collaborate with pulse industry stakeholders to develop detail life cycle inventory and costing models for key pulse processing pathways. These will subsequently be utilized to undertake life cycle assessment, life cycle costing, and techno-economic studies of each pathway. The candidate will be based at UBC (Okanagan Campus), but will also travel to collaborate with pulse industry participants and NRC researchers. The models will be made publicly available through the Canadian Agri-food Life Cycle Data Centre (www.caldc.ca).

PhD Position at UBC Okanagan in Microbial Ecology

Start date: Spring/Summer 2021
Location: UBC Okanagan, Kelowna BC
Funding: Minimum $21 000/year for 4 years

The Hart lab at UBC Okanagan has two PhD studentships, starting Spring/Summer 2021.

  • Position 1: Ecological consequences of invasive microbes in natural and applied systems.
  • Position 2:  Creating suppressive in vineyards through cover crops

The projects will involve both lab and field components. The projects have global scope, so the student will interact with a wide range of collaborators both at UBC and around the world. There will be many opportunities for collaborations with other universities, industry and also Agriculture Canada. For more information on the group please see mirandahart.ca

Information on qualifications for admission to the UBC Okanagan graduate program can be found on the biology graduate program page and academic calendar

Ideal candidates will have a background in ecology and basic molecular biology.  Interested individuals can contact miranda.hart@ubc.ca.