The scholar will have latitude to define a research project within the theme of Energy, Climate Change and Development. Possible areas of interest include:
  • Urban Air Quality
  • Rural Energy
  • Climate Change Policy
  • Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
  • Mitigation and Technology Diffusion
  • Energy, Environment and Human Health

The applicant should have a background in quantitative research methods. In addition, familiarity with qualitative research methods would be highly desirable. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent (or expect to receive a Ph.D. before the start of the fellowship) obtained within the three-year period prior to the start of the fellowship (e.g., received their Ph.D. on or after September 1, 2007 if the start date is September 1, 2010). The fellowship is for one year with the possibility of renewal based on availability of funds and performance. Suitable academic disciplines would include:
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Climate Science (or related sciences)
  • Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies
  • Energy and Resources

Regardless of discipline, applicants should be interested in working in a highly interdisciplinary environment with a focus on policy-relevant research. In addition to research, the scholar will also be involved in developing scientific and policy related course materials related to global environmental change, aimed at capacity building in the public and private sectors. This position will be co-supervised by Dr. Hisham Zerriffi and Dr. Milind Kandlikar.

The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to enhance the Institute's interdisciplinary research and learning environment by supporting the Scholar Program, and through involvement with Liu Postdoctoral Fellows, Faculty and Faculty Associates. The Postdoctoral Fellow should expect to participate in Liu events during their Fellowship and present their research in public talks at the Institute. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in activities of the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability.


To apply, please email the following to Sally Reay at: sally.reay at
  • Current academic C.V. with list of references;
  • A letter of intent that outlines qualifications and a possible research project;
  • Abstract of Ph.D. dissertation;
  • A short academic writing sample.

The deadline for applications is Friday, May 14, 2010.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

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