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Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Structural Engineering
University of British Columbia

Date Posted Nov. 27, 2021
Title Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Structural Engineering
University University of British Columbia
Kelowna, BC, Canada
Department School of Engineering
Application Deadline Dec. 25, 2021
Position Start Date Jan. 1, 2022
  • Post-Doc
  • Structural Engineering

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Structural engineering

The Advanced Simulation and Experimental testing (ASSET) lab at UBC’s School of Engineering in the Okanagan is actively seeking a highly motivated full-time postdoctoral fellow (PDF) with a strong background in structural & earthquake engineering. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a range of research areas related to reinforced concrete buildings and innovative systems.

The ASSET lab is a new lab within the School of Engineering, and we are growing quickly! Our group aims to develop innovative technology, design methods, and construction techniques that will facilitate the construction of greener structures that are resilient to natural disasters. Specifically, we are experts in using large-scale experimental testing and advanced numerical simulations to understand the behavior of structures in earthquakes. Learn more at
Job description

The UBC-Okanagan’s School of Engineering – Structural Engineering postdoctoral fellow.

Term: Full-time 6-12 months, with the possibility of extension.
Starting Date: Jan 1, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Stipend: $40,000 – $45,000 CAD/year + conference travel

Research priority

The ASSET lab has recently created several industry partnerships within the construction industry. The successful candidate will work with these partners to develop new seismic design guidelines for reinforced concrete structures and develop innovative structural systems. This project will involve working closely with industry professionals, and therefore, the successful candidate should demonstrate excellent leadership and communication skills.

Research programs at the ASSET group involve advanced numerical simulation of structural systems and large-scale experimental testing. Since many of our research partnerships relate to the seismic response of reinforced concrete buildings, candidates must have a strong understanding of the nonlinear behavior of concrete structures and the ability to develop accurate and robust nonlinear numerical models.
The candidate must demonstrate the ability to independently conduct creative research, a strong commitment to teamwork, and the ability to publish peer-reviewed manuscripts. In addition, the candidate must have a Ph.D. in structural engineering, civil engineering, or a related field from an accredited university within the last five years or are in near completion with a confirmed defense date.

The ASSET lab champions many initiatives to support underrepresented groups in engineering, such as women and Indigenous people. Therefore, ideal candidates will have an interest in participating and leading related initiatives.

Organizational structure
Under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Tobber (School of Engineering – Civil Engineering), the successful candidate will also work closely with graduate students and industry partners.

  • Assist in supervision and mentoring of graduate students.
  • Liaise with industry partners.
  • Assist with proposal writing, research report writing, and journal and conference paper preparation.

Applicants should provide curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, list of two referees, and a motivation letter to Please email materials in a single PDF with the subject line: ASSET_PDF_Last Name. Only those short listed will be contacted. UBC hires based on merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

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Contact Information

  • Lisa Tobber
    School of Engineering
    University of British Columbia
    Kelowna, BC


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