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Research Associate
University of British Columbia

Date Posted Jan. 13, 2021
Title Research Associate
University University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Department Mining Engineering
Application Deadline Feb. 15, 2021
Position Start Date Mar. 1, 2021
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Mining/Minerals

Research Associate

Job Summary
The Norman B Keevil (NBK) Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver campus invites applications for a Research Associate 50% of full time to lead projects focused on social risk, social responsibility, and approaches to mining company-community engagement within the global mining sector.

Faculty at the NBK Institute of Mining Engineering work with graduate students and staff to pursue research in all aspects of mining from technical to social and environmental. Support from alumni, corporations, foundations, students, parents and others assist the NBK Institute of Mining Engineering in conducting leading edge research, providing outstanding education and contributing to social and economic development in Canada and around the world. More information on the NBK Institute of Mining Engineering is available at

Position Summary
The successful candidate will lead research projects using mixed methods focusing on social risk, social responsibility, and approaches to mining company-community engagement within the global mining sector. A detailed understanding of strategy, sustainability, and stakeholder engagement in the extractive sector, and an understanding of the technical, economic, and policy issues faced by the mineral resources industry is required.

Specific duties include:

1) conducting research in the area of business models for shared value and develop publications on the topic,
2) liaising with industry partners to identify applied research opportunities;
3) writing grant proposals to fund future research activities and that may facilitate an expansion or future extension of this appointment;
4) assisting with the development and promotion of a foundation to support research into challenging technical, economic, and policy issues faced by the mineral resources industry.

The candidate is expected to manage and coordinate efforts of team members in conjunction with the principle investigator or as the principal investigator across three research areas: business model transformation and change; stakeholder engagement; and mining as a catalyst for community development with a specific focus on initiatives designed to advance the agenda of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
The position is 50% of full time and is subject to final budgetary approval. The initial appointment will be for one year and may be renewed subject to work performance and funding availability. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The start date will be March 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment will be based at UBC Vancouver.


The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in mining engineering, business strategy, international development, or a related field. A minimum of 10 years of applied industry experience is requested.
- The candidate must have a strong base of experience developing or assessing social responsibility and sustainability strategies for mining-community engagement and be able to teach trainees in applying these techniques.
- The candidate must have experience research and/or working in multiple jurisdictions.
- The candidate should have a strong track record in peer-reviewed publications in the subject area and a track record of knowledge mobilization.
- The candidate will be expected to supervise and mentor postdoctoral fellows and graduate students and provide hands-on assistance.
- The candidate must possess excellent organizational skills, be attentive to details, and demonstrate strong management skills in handling multiple projects.
- The candidate should be highly collaborative, self-motivated, team-oriented, and have excellent oral and written communication skills.

How to Apply
Applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae via the UBC Careers website ( by February 15, 2021 at 11:59pm PST.

  • 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 of Canada will be given priority.

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Contact Information

  • HR Faculty Careers
    Mining Engineering
    University of British Columbia
    Vancouver, BC


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