Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Urban Climate Action - UBC

Business Unit/Dept:       UBC, Merida Labs
Reference #:                  PDFO-54881
Contract Type:               Full Time
Expected Term:             Fixed Term / Temporary
Posting Closing Date:    01 July, 2021


Cities around the world are setting very ambitious climate targets that will require transformational changes in how we live, work, commute, and build. It will take the best efforts of all sectors of society, including the academic sector, to develop and implement the detailed plans, policies and partnerships needed to achieve such goals. This postdoctoral position will be focused on the implementation issues associated with achieving existing municipal climate goals in the Metro Vancouver region. The PDF will work collaboratively with partners on identifying opportunities to catalyze transformational city-scale solutions strategies, policy approaches and technologies. The UBC-Vancouver “Campus as a Living Lab” initiative will inform these activities.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow who brings interdisciplinary expertise in urban sustainability, climate change policy and action, and policy analysis, as well as demonstrated experience in multi-stakeholder community engagement processes. The candidate will have significant responsibility for developing and implementing transdisciplinary partnerships among academic and non-academic partners. They will have the opportunity to be a lead contributor to peer reviewed publications, reports, conference proceedings, and participate in meetings with academic, civil society, private sector and government partners. 

The Fellow will also participate in collaborative, multi-disciplinary projects with other members of the University Climate Change Coalition’s (UC3) Fellowship program. These coalition projects could include sharing best practices across universities and communities, coordination of workshops or events to present project outcomes, development of large-scale proposals, visits to other campuses and communities, or development of publications and guidebooks, etc. The Fellow will spend approximately 80% of their time working on the UBC project described below, while the remaining 20% of their time will be spent on collaborative, multi-disciplinary projects relevant to the entire network (e.g., building a community of practice as described below).

UBC Project

At MéridaLabs, we use the UBC-Vancouver campus as a living lab to develop and integrate new technologies and systems into city-scale climate solutions.

The successful candidate for this position will lead the development of teams and programs working with UBC groups and partner communities.  These activities may include working with existing cooperation agreements, as well as developing new engagement and collaboration processes.

Description of duties
  • Review climate strategies and priorities of the neighbouring region and cities to identify linkages to existing UBC research and areas for new research
  • Work with external partners to co-develop research project proposals
  • Develop a monitoring and reporting framework on the impact of this UBC research on the climate goals of the city/community
  • Publish your findings in the relevant scientific journals, at conferences, etc.
  • Lead the development of a community of practice working with other PDFs in partner institutions. This activity may require organizing workshops and meetings (online and at UBC), as well as visiting partner organizations (when travel restrictions make that possible).
  • Documented grant writing experience would be beneficial, but it is not required. 
  • Experience with social media platforms would be an asset, but it is not required.
  • Excellent communication, project management, and technical writing skills are required. Beyond these skills, the position will be shaped by the candidate’s particular skill set. Please include a list of the skills that would be most relevant to the position.

The fellowship will be for a one-year appointment, renewable, subject to a performance assessment. The position is available from now until it is filled. Review of applications will begin on June 1st, 2021. The research will be interdisciplinary and interested candidates with a PhD in Science, Engineering, Political Science, Geophysics, Urban Planning, Mapping or related fields completed within the last 3 years are encouraged to apply.

Applications must include a short cover letter, curriculum vitae with the names and contact information for three references.  Please send your application to MéridaLabs (

Applicants are asked to complete the following equity survey: The survey information will not be used to determine eligibility for employment but will be collated to provide data that can assist us in understanding the diversity of our applicant pool and identifying potential barriers to the employment of designated equity group members. Your participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous. This survey takes only a minute to complete. You may self-identify in one or more of the designated equity groups. You may also decline to identify in any or all of the questions by choosing “not disclosed”.

How to apply

Email Please send applications to and refer to reference number PDFO-54881.

UBC encourages 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.

Full posting


Wednesday, June 30, 2021