The Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus, invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral research fellow funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. The successful candidate will work as a member of the Accelerating Community Energy Transformation (ACET) team at UBC (Applied Science and Education). Researchers in ACET investigate questions around transdisciplinary research, collaborate education, and energy transition. Reporting to the co-principal investigators Profs. Naoko Ellis and Derek Gladwin, the postdoctoral research fellow will support the successful delivery of the project by providing specialized knowledge related to Energy (open to diverse possibilities of discipline such as in technical, humanities, education, policy, etc.) with a strong background in sustainability, regenerative design, transdisciplinary research, and collaborative learning. The initial appointment will be for 1 year, renewable to 2 years subject to work performance and budget. The anticipated start date is February 15, 2024 or as soon as possible.

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and instruction, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities globally. We are recognized as a leading employer in British Columbia (BC) and Canada, and consistently chosen as one of BC’s best places to work and top employers. We prioritize and intentionally focus on building a diverse and inclusive workforce, which is why UBC is recognized as one of Canada’s best diversity employers. Professional growth and career development are promoted and encouraged at UBC, and opportunities to achieve career aspirations are included in our strategic plan.


  • PhD and related experience in social change or operations research with a focus on sustainability completed within the last 3 years.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, both written and oral.
  • Established publication and output record (emphasizing publication quality over quantity).
  • Ability and willingness to coordinate and manage projects, including leading team meetings, overseeing day-to-day tasks (both research and administrative), meeting deadlines, and working with government and community stakeholders.
  • Ability to independently make day-to-day decisions in alignment with the purpose and objectives of the research project, and to know when to escalate issues to the supervisor.
  • Openness and adaptability in working with others.
  • Knowledge of energy systems, education, transition, etc. is required.

Expected Responsibilities

The selected candidate will have excellent leadership ability/potential and strong communication skills. Their primary responsibilities will be to:

  • work both independently and with other researchers, including mentoring graduate student researchers;
  • produce high-quality outputs in the forms of journal publications, conference presentations, and reports;
  • lead project administration, including communications with research partners and project stakeholders and deliverables; and
  • develop funding applications for continued research.
  • The candidate should be independent and have the ability to develop and pursue new, creative research ideas.
  • Contribute to knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer (promoting the workshop/public talks series among academic and non-academic audiences) 
  • Communicate directly with government partners and stakeholders in gathering data and other information, and co-developing research directions.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with researchers from other relevant disciplines. Participate in and develop external networks (maintain links with selected external partners and promote project activities – conferences, workshops, public engagement activities)  
  • Coordinate workshops and external public engagement activities
  • Write and publish peer-reviewed manuscripts.
  • Develop and write funding applications.
  • Prepare written project communications including reports, memos, and presentations, and maintain clear records of all project activities.
  • Define and deliver on deadlines.
  • Ensure ethical research practices and standards are always followed.
  • Mentorship of junior project participants, including graduate and undergraduate students.

Work Location

The primary work location is the UBC Vancouver Campus. 

Application Process:

Please submit the following documents, combined into one PDF file via Workday:

  • A CV
  • A one-page cover letter stating your particular interest in the position, and your qualifications with respect to the position requirements
  • Contact information for three references

Review of applications will begin on January 8, 2024, and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


For further content-related information about this position, please contact research leads Prof. Naoko Ellis at [email protected] and Associate Prof. Derek Gladwin at [email protected]  

For all application procedure-related information, please contact Research Admin Assistant, Ms. Dhriti Bansal at [email protected].

To find out more about ACET, please visit:


Expected Salary range:

$65,000 to $80,000/year

Timeline We anticipate that interviews for these appointments will take place in the middle of January 2024.

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.

UBC Point Grey (Vancouver) campus sits on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation.