Posted 2 months ago

Position summary

We are seeking a highly motivated person to conduct research that addresses impacts of climate change on forests in western Canada. In British Columbia alone, 60 million hectares are forested. How we manage these forests now will have a large impact for decades to come and sound research is the foundation of sustainable management. As the successful candidate, you will contribute to these objectives by analyzing data from long-term forest experiments to evaluate how silvicultural interventions like thinning or fertilization can increase forest resilience to drought. Annual growth variations will be linked to climatic extremes and the anatomy of the wood will be linked to underlying mechanisms. The position will be supervised by Dr. David Montwé at the University of British Columbia – Department of Forest Resources Management.

What we offer

  • Commitment to excellence, diversity and impact
  • Mentorship and support in an expanding team
  • A competitive salary and support for scholarships
  • Training in statistics, laboratory techniques and reproducible research
  • Participation in scientific conferences and meetings
  • Collaboration with end-users in government and industry

Required qualifications, skills and aptitudes

  • A Bachelor’s degree in forest science, conservation science, environmental science or related fields
  • Ability to contribute to a positive environment in a diverse team
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Taking pride in accurate and quality work
  • Commitment to safety in field and laboratory work
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills

Beneficial qualifications

  • Experience in data analysis including R, ArcGIS or similar programs
  • Driver’s license and willingness to conduct fieldwork in remote locations across BC
  • Willingness to participate in mentoring undergraduate research assistants

Please send your application including a cover letter, CV, academic transcripts, and contact information for three references in one PDF-file to

We will begin reviewing applications on January 25th, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated starting date for this position is September 1st, 2021.

Successful candidates will apply for admission to UBC Forestry’s MSc program.

This posting is for the UBC Vancouver campus in British Columbia, Canada.

Please refer to reference number NC-54640 during correspondence about this position.

To express interest and initiate contact to the principal investigator applicants are encouraged to follow the instructions as provided in the position description or to submit the form on the Nature Careers website. Please note that shortlisted candidates will have to complete an online application to the University of British Columbia and gain admission as a graduate student to the university. Applicants should review the graduate program profile to learn about admission requirements, application deadlines, program duration, tuition, or to read student and alumni stories. Please visit the researcher profile of the supervisor for this position to learn more about their research.

About UBC
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

Research Master’s at UBC Vancouver
UBC is a public university with a comprehensive program offering – covering all major academic disciplines and degree levels, with both research- and course-based program options. More than 50,000 students attend UBC Vancouver. As a research master’s student at UBC Vancouver, you’ll be part of a diverse community of over 10,000 graduate students at an institution which is globally connected and attracts the highest-calibre research faculty. Work side by side with passionate scholars in modern facilities and with the support of numerous professional development workshops and services.

You are encouraged to review the awards and scholarship database to determine funding opportunities for your master’s degree. UBC invests significantly into its research programs and, combined with the International Tuition Award, offers most research-based Master programs at a comparable low tuition rate for domestic and international students alike.

About UBC’s Faculty of Forestry
UBC’s Faculty of Forestry tackles complex issues of regional and global natural resource conservation and sustainable approaches to forest management. Comprising of three departments, Forest Resources Management, Forest Sciences and Conservation, and Wood Sciences, each offers a variety of inspiring undergraduate and graduate programs across a broad range of fields. We equip students with the necessary skills needed in research, collaboration, and innovation to succeed in their career paths. From forest operations, to wood processing, to conservation, to urban forestry – the possibilities are limitless.

About Vancouver
Vancouver is a dynamic, cosmopolitan and progressive city, consistently ranked as one of the top cities to live in the world. Canada’s third largest city has it all: sea, parks, mountains, beaches, and four seasons per year, including beautiful summers and mild, wet winters with snow in the mountains. It’s the perfect backdrop to your academic research.

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Job CategoryEnseignement et recherche scientifique

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