Graduate opportunities and vacancies

For prospective students:

Please see the program information and how to apply.

You can find out about our Research Portfolio by exploring our Faculty biographies.

If you are interested in applying to study with us, we recommend that you write a focussed email to an individual faculty member whose research area is in your chosen research specialization. In this email, please keep it brief.

In your correspondence, you should at least mention:

(1) how your interests overlap with the interests of the Faculty member’s research group and interests;

(2) what type of research position you are interested in, e.g. a PhD, MASc or MSc;

(3) your educational qualifications (include your GPA or equivalent, the Program of Study, Department, and University);

(5) if you have already secured/plan to secure external funding, or if you would like your supervisor to assist in this process;

(4) a short C.V.

In addition to this advice, UBC’s Faculty of Graduate and Post Graduates (G+PS) provides video guides for each step in the application process.

Further to reaching out to individual supervisors, you can also find projects listed by the Faculty of Graduate and Post Graduates (G+PS) central listings for Materials Engineering. Note that supervisors may not have funds to recruit students at present, and funds can be awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year. Students may also consider applying for their own funding (and are generally encouraged to, as this can provide additional support and resources that may assist their training and research).

Supervisors recruiting:

Dr. Kiana Amini, who has recently joined the Department, is looking for PhD students with an interest in clean energy and electrochemistry (batteries, carbon capture, etc.) to work on flow battery technology. For more information and how to apply, please see the advertisement.

Other faculty members may also be looking for students, please contact them directly following the aforementioned process if you are interested in applying to study with us.

For current students:

Listing and forms

2023W Teaching Assistant Positions

We are looking for a number of Teaching Assistants for 2023W Term 2. Please read the application and instructions CAREFULLY.

Please send your electronic versions of your application to (and copy

The application email title should be: 2023W TA Application + Your Name. When filling out the TA application form, please make sure the course information of the positions you want to apply for matches what is on the TA position postings above. Incorrect application will not be considered (e.g. MTRL 201 is a term 2 course and has one 64-hour TA position (1/2 TA), if you put term 1 or 1/4 TA for MTRL 201 in your application, this application will not be considered – the row for MTRL 201 only. Other applications (rows) will still be considered if they are filled out correctly).

REMINDER: these are union positions. If you have held a position before you will be allocated the same number of hours as the previous year, not necessarily the same position.

Deadline to have your application in for available 2023W Term 2 TA positions (positions in the updated document above): 12 PM November 10, 2023

Offers are expected to be sent out the week of November 27 – Updated November 24, 2023.

New and returning TAs may be subjected to interviews.

– Competence in the subject material.
– Adequate oral and written English communication skills.
– In good standing with UBC.
– Understanding and compliance with APSC or Department safety regulations.
– Approval of course instructor.
– Approval of supervisor (in some cases).

Please contact the individual course instructors for specific details but generally the duties can include: preparation of labs; conducting labs and/or tutorial sessions; marking of assignments and/or quizzes; invigilation of exams.

Hours & Pay:
Hours and rates are established by contract between UBC and the TA Union (CUPE 2278). The majority of appointments are 2-4 hours per week = 32-64 hours per term, however, actual appointments may vary. Exam invigilation is included in the appointment.

Senior Teaching Assistant (STA) Positions

The STA needs to oversee the administrative duties for both APSC 278/279 courses (student communications, system set-up, etc.). Please note that the STA positions are different from and unrelated to the TA positions above. We are hiring for the following STA positions:

APSC 278 – 36 Hour STA x 1

APSC 279 – 36 Hour STA x 1

If you are interested in the two positions above, please send your resume/CV to (and copy The application email title should be: 2023W STA Application + Course Code + Your Name.

The application deadline for STA positions is 12 PM August 8, 2023.