IBioS Research Associate

University of British Columbia, BC, Canada
Expected salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience (Range: $55,000 - $75,000).
May 27, 2021
Jun 20, 2021
Job Ref JR2225
Job Level
Mid level
Employment Type
Contract, Full time
Salary Type

The Interdisciplinary Biodiversity Solutions cluster (IBioS) https://biodiversity.ubc.ca/ibios

 is currently seeking a Research Associate with expertise in any aspect of conservation social or ecological sciences to assist in developing a new research program at University of British Columbia. Launched in Fall 2020, IBioS is designed to broaden collaborative opportunities across and beyond UBC for globally important, policy-relevant biodiversity and conservation research and partnerships. Spearheaded by UBC Science—in collaboration with UBC Arts, Land and Food Systems, Forestry and the Sauder School of Business—IBioS offers a unique opportunity for scientists with a wide variety of backgrounds, including biodiversity, business, conservation science, ecology, economics, environmental science, evolutionary biology, environmental social science, environmental policy and public health, to collaborate across disciplines to solve problems.

The position is based in the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus.

In addition to their academic credentials with a focus on biodiversity conservation and/or environmental sustainability issues, the ideal candidate will have higher education research management experience, including skills in research project organization, coordination and management; facilitation of collaborative research and grant writing; and implementation and evaluation of research. 

Job description

ResearchContributes to collaborative interdisciplinary research in solutions-oriented conservation science as a core IBioS research team member, by participating in design, grant writing, project development and implementation, analysis, report writing and publications.

Research coordination -  Coordinates and facilitates IBioS collaborative research projects, working with the faculty members, postdoctoral students and graduate and undergraduate students across the entire research cycle, from grant writing and project development, to coordination, implementation and evaluation of the research program, to developing final products such as publications, presentations and outreach materials.

Knowledge mobilisation – Coordinates and facilitates IBioS efforts to mobilize knowledge based on IBioS research, including facilitating development of new academic programs, outreach products and outreach programs, and development of an IBioS online presence through its website and social media

Partnership building – Assist with developing and maintaining the IBioS relationship with academic, governmental, non-governmental and private sectors, both in Canada and internationally

Financial management – Assist in overseeing the budget plan and financial reports of the IBioS cluster

Knowledge and Skills Desired

  • Extensive knowledge of the current social, ecological, and economic issues affecting biodiversity both locally and globally, backed by a solid publication track record
  • Passion for solutions-oriented work in biodiversity conservation.
  • Proven research expertise, which could include literature reviews, protocol development, field research design, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and familiarity with publication procedures.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in researching, writing and managing research funding or other grants. 
  • Demonstrated coordination skills with a strong track record for developing positive relationships and the ability to effectively plan, organize and support collaborative research. Training in facilitation is considered an asset.
  • Interest in interdisciplinary research
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships with stakeholders and supporting a dynamic and creative team. Strong project management skills with the ability to conduct needs analyses, plan, organize, manage, monitor, complete, evaluate multi-year projects within allocated time and resources and identify, obtain and effectively manage people, materials, budgets.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines.  Ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing. Strong interpersonal, conflict resolution and negotiating skills with the ability to deal effectively with a diversity of people/cultures especially when dealing with controversial issues.
  • Experience in grant management desired. Demonstrated knowledge of UBC's organizational structures, relationships, policies, and protocols is an asset. 


  • PhD in a relevant social or environmental science discipline, including environmental education, sociology, anthropology, environmental sciences, ecology, forestry, conservation biology, geography, data science and many others.  Subsequent or prior work experience in a relevant field desired; Prior work with environmental NGO or government agencies is an asset.

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.

The anticipated start date is Sept 1, 2021. This is a three-year term appointment with possibility of renewal. Expected salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience (Range: $55,000 - $75,000). UBC offers Research Associates a wide-ranging benefits plan that includes extended health and dental coverage, and more. Research Associates are eligible to participate in the Faculty Pension Plan.


https://ubc.wd10.myworkdayjobs.com/ubcfacultyjobs Job Ref JR2225

CV and Cover letter required – please clearly identify in your cover letter how your experience matches with the desired qualifications

Names and contact information for three recent references; ideally one of these will be a former employer and one your PhD supervisor.

Deadline:  June 20th 2021

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