Open positions

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 will join us in the near future, is looking for PhD students 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.

Projects on offer:

In addition to contacting individual supervisors, you may find the following projects on offer.

  • 3x PhD and 1x MASc/MSc studentship in “Understanding materials engineering of advanced aluminium alloys for automotive extrusions” supervised by Drs Poole, Sinclair and Britton – for more information and how to apply, see the advert.

For current students:

Listing and forms

2022W Teaching Assistant positions

We are looking for a number of Teaching Assistants for 2022W Term 2. Please read the application and instructions CAREFULLY.

Please send your electronic versions of your application to

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: November 18, 2022

Offers will be made by December 9, 2022

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.