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 and January terms.

The successful Teaching Assistant may be involved in the following:

  • 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): $33.37 per hour ($12,813.60 annual rate September – April)
  • Graduate TA (Master’s program): $32.15 per hour ($12,343.92 annual rate September – April)
  • Undergraduate TA (Bachelors program): $16.41 per hour ($6,301.92 annual rate September – April)
  • Markers: $15.78 per hour

To apply for a UTA position, the student must be enrolled in a full-timer bachelor degree program at UBC Okanagan. A full-time student is defined as taking a minimum of 24 credits (2 terms) for the Winter Session. All applicants including international students must be permitted to work in Canada until at least the final day of the academic year (end of April).

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 further diversification of ideas. However, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

No positions available at this time.

Master of Science Graduate Student Positions

Our faculty members often have positions for graduate students as part of their research projects. Please see below for current opportunities.

September 2020 Start

Implications of Supply Management for Food Security, Food Sovereignty and Environmental Sustainability in the Canadian Egg Industry (MSc, $20,000 annually for 2 years) Commodity egg production in Canada is subject to “supply management.” A central marketing agency (Egg Farmers of Canada) oversees quota-based production and marketing of eggs from over 1000 farms distributed across ten Canadian provinces and one territory. Supply management was implemented to prevent “boom/bust” cycles in egg production by matching supply with demand, and hence promote fair prices and income stability for farmers, and price predictability for consumers. It also has the effect of ensuring geographically distributed rather than concentrated production and hence promoting localized production and consumption.

In non-supply management egg industries in other countries, production of eggs and other livestock products are often concentrated in regions where feed inputs are grown. This has the benefit of shortening transportation distances for feed inputs. However, it also implies longer transport distances for livestock products to consumer markets (often involving use of smaller, refrigerated vehicles), as well as, potentially, higher rates of food loss due to spoilage. Centralized compared to distributed production may also present different food security and food sovereignty outcomes.

This interdisciplinary MSc project will investigate potential food security, food sovereignty, and environmental benefits and impacts of the supply managed Canadian egg industry relative to a hypothetical non-supply managed production scenario. An ISO-14044 compliant life cycle assessment study will be undertaken to evaluate the life cycle resource use and emissions implications.

How to Apply

Visit the “Prospective Students” page at PRISM Lab website for detailed application instructions.

BACKGROUND

With climate change, cherry production in British Columbia’s southern interior is expanding northward and to higher elevations. Expansion of agricultural capacity requires more efficient water use and consideration of potential for frost damage. This project will assess the potential for conserving water in sweet cherry production in the Okanagan region via postharvest deficit irrigation (PDI) along latitudinal and elevational gradients, at two rates of water reduction and determine the implications for cherry tree growth and cold hardiness in the three years following PDI implementation. This will allow us to develop best practice recommendations to assist cherry growers in adapting to changing climate.

The objectives of the project are:

  1. Assess the effects of two levels of postharvest deficit irrigation (PDI) on sweet cherry tree growth and water status, along a latitudinal and an elevational gradient in the Okanagan Valley.
  2. Assess the interaction of PDI, latitude and elevation on sweet cherry cold hardiness, via measurement of stem dormancy and bud cold hardiness.
  3. Determine how the data gathered fit within a predictive model for sweet cherry cold hardiness.

WORK PERFORMED

The research will involve both laboratory, greenhouse and field studies in collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists and commercial growers. Laboratory work includes measurement of bud cold hardiness using differential thermal analysis, data anlysis and computer modelling. Greenhouse studies will include measurement of stem dormancy and bud break following incubation under varying temperature and time combinations. Field studies include bud and stem collection, and measurement of vegetative tree growth and pruning weight.

QUALIFICATIONS

A background in Plant Physiology, Plant Biology, Agronomic or Environmental Studies and a keen interest in agriculture or horticulture are required. Applicants must also possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to work outdoors. Canadian citizenship or Canadian permanent residence preferred.

OTHER INFORMATION

Preferred start date: January 1, 2020 or earlier. A minimum annual stipend of $17,500 will be provided, and scholarships and teaching assistantships are available. The biology graduate program at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC, offers tier-one degrees in a collegial, close-knit setting. Our dynamic faculty and students are engaged in a variety of research projects in the field of biological sciences, many in collaboration with partners in government, non-profit agencies or industry. Our research-based MSc degree provides students with theoretical, practical and analytical expertise, as well as experience in the application of scientific results to real-world problems. Graduates of the MSc program are prepared for positions in government, management, industry, education, consulting or for further graduate studies.

How to Apply

To apply please send your transcripts (unofficial versions are acceptable), CV and the names of two references to Dr. Louise Nelson (louise.nelson@ubc.ca) and Dr. Kirsten Hannam (kirsten.hannam@canada.ca).

GIS and Data Analyst

GIS and Data Analyst

The ideal candidate will have the following skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of GIS, databases, map production, and spatial analysis (examples may be requested)
  • Experience using ArcGIS Desktop and scripting in Python and SQL
  • Experience with scientific study design, statistical model development and analysis
  • Experience using R for data manipulation and analysis
  • A master’s degree or related experience using a wide range of statistical and GIS methodologies
  • Proficiency with MS Office
  • Ability to multitask and work well with a multidisciplinary team
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and excellent time management (examples may be requested)

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Interested persons are encouraged to submit resumes electronically or in person with a cover letter detailing your experience to: ecoscape@ecoscapeltd.com. We thank all those interested in this opportunity; however, only those shortlisted will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates can expect to take a short (1 hour) GIS/R practical exam at our office, which must be completed satisfactorily prior to having a
formal interview.

Official Posting

Program/Policy Officer/Advisor

Parks Canada – Protected Areas Establishment and Conservation Directorate and Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage Directorate

Closing date: 20 June 2019 – 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: All persons who have legal status to work in Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.