Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities








APSC 279 Engineering Materials Laboratory is a service course offered within the Faculty of Applied Science by the Department of Materials Engineering and provides the laboratory component for APSC 278 Engineering Materials.  It is subscribed by second year students from a variety of departments within Applied Science and provides practical experience in material behaviour under tensile, compressive, impact and fatigue loading.  During the course, the 5 individual labs encompass a variety of materials including metals, ceramics, polymers and composites.


Positions Available


There are 4 positions available and 13 sections.  Each instructor would teach 3 sections (1.5 Credits) and one would teach 4 sections (2.0 Credits). Each section is comprised of 5 labs which run every 2nd week, 2 hours in duration.


Salary is $2,700 per credit.



All duties and responsibilities shall be carried out under the direction of Dr. Berend Wassink and are subject to evaluation by Dr. Berend Wassink.


Your duties will include:


  • The position involves supervising laboratory sessions over a ten-week period during term two, January to March 2019
  • Assisted by one TA, you will supervise up to 20 students in performing the procedures given in the laboratory handouts.
  • There is a dry run session (training and orientation) for each of the five labs, taking 1-2 hours per lab on Monday mornings. You will need to take some additional training with the faculty member in charge of the course; about 1-2 hours per lab.
  • For each laboratory session you will be required to give a brief, informal overview of the lab procedure (not a prelab lecture).
  • It is your responsibility to maintain an interactive learning environment in which all students are involved.  This typically involves posing thought-provoking questions to the students as well as answering questions posed by the students.
  • You are responsible to ensure that safety regulations and procedures are followed during lab sessions.
  • You do not mark the lab reports.





Applicants should have a PhD in Materials Science/Engineering or equivalent, enrolled in a PhD program who have completed their qualifying exam.  Experience with standard materials testing procedures would be an asset.  Under exceptional circumstances and with the approval of Graduate Studies, students enrolled will be considered.


Applicants should submit a brief outline of qualifications and related experience along with their CV to Fiona Webster by e-mail, fiona.webster@ubc.ca .


Deadline Friday November 16th.


Applicants are asked to complete the following equity survey: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7UJzDyqbu9CaZIF

The survey information will not be used to determine eligibility for employment, but will be collated to provide data that can assist us in understanding the diversity of our applicant pool and identifying potential barriers to the employment of designated equity group members. Your participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous. This survey takes only a minute to complete. You may self‐identify in one or more of the designated equity groups. You may also decline to identify in any or all of the questions by choosing “not disclosed”.

 All positions are subject to availabilities of funds and will be governed by UBC’s “Agreement on Conditions of Appointment for Sessional Faculty Members.” Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.  We encourage all qualified persons to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.