Faculty Position: Research Associate in Micrometeorology lab

Posted on November 29, 2023

Research Associate – Micrometeorology lab


The Micrometeorology lab focuses on measuring and modelling greenhouse gas, water, and energy fluxes across a range of spatial and temporal scales. We combine field-based measurements, remote sensing, and modelling to investigate land-atmosphere interactions in our rapidly changing world, with a current emphasis on wetland ecosystems.


We are seeking a highly skilled and passionate Research Associate to join an exciting Canada-wide project (Can-Peat) looking at the potential of Canada’s peatlands as nature-based climate solutions (ECCC-CAAF 2022-2027). The successful candidate will work with peatland researchers across Canada on preparing and submitting their existing datasets in AmeriFlux. They will also assist researchers and students in further refining key datasets to be used in other Can-Peat research activities. This work will contribute to Can-Peat’s commitment to improving peatland data accessibility in Canada.


In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to other ongoing projects in the Micrometeorology lab focused on carbon cycling in restored peatlands and tidal wetlands in BC’s Lower Mainland. They will assist with maintaining the field monitoring program, supervise undergraduate and graduate students, and lead independent research of their own.


Additional duties may include: supporting and improving the Micromet Lab website; contributing to budget creation and grant proposal writing as part of their role in research project management and administration; presenting at national and international conferences; and publishing/contributing to peer-reviewed manuscripts.


Interested individuals are asked to submit a cover letter and a CV along with the names and contact information for at least two professional references to sara.knox@ubc.ca.


In your cover letter, please briefly address your plans for and/or past contributions to a culture of equity and inclusion. Applications will be reviewed starting on December 11, 2023 and will continue until January 8, 2024.


The position will ideally start on Feb 1, 2024, but a later start date is also possible. This is a part-time position at 0.9FTE. The position is a term appointment (one year, with the possibility of extension). The minimum salary is $60,231.60 (at 0.9FTE), but the salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. UBC offers Research Associates a wide-ranging benefits plan that includes extended health and dental coverage, paid parental leave, and more. Research Associates are eligible to participate in the Faculty Pension Plan.


UBC is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all team members. We strongly encourage researchers from underrepresented groups in science and engineering to apply. This position is accessible to researchers with disabilities and working environment and/or time constraints. 


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.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


For inquiries, please reach out to sara.knox@ubc.ca.