Student Research Opportunities

The research opportunities listed below are available to students of all disciplines. UNBC encourages all eligible students, including Indigenous people, visible minorities, diversely-abled people, women, and people from the LGBTQ2S+ communities to apply.?
Please contact researchers directly for more information on a specific research opportunity or to submit an application.

To post a research opportunity?please contact Nicole Balliet at nicole.balliet@unbc.ca or Sharleen Balogh at sharleen.balogh@unbc.ca and provide the information requested below.


Available Positions

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Koh-Learning in our Watersheds: Graduate Research Assistant

Location/Campus: UNBC - Prince George Campus
Discipline (e.g. Chemistry): Health Sciences preferred, but applications from other related disciplines welcome
Level of Study (UG, Master's, PhD): Master's
Paid, Volunteer or Credit Position: Paid
Start Date of Position: October 2020
Job/Project Description: Project Description
Specific Skills Required: See Project Description
Application Deadline: October 4, 2020
Name of Researcher: Dr. Margot Parkes
Contact Information: koh-learning@unbc.ca


Graduate Studies in Neurobiology

Location/Campus: UNBC - Prince George Campus
Discipline (e.g. Chemistry): Health Sciences or Biochemistry
Level of Study (UG, Master's, PhD): Master's or PhD
Paid, Volunteer or Credit Position: Paid (Scholarship or Stipend)
Start Date of Position: September 2021
Job/Project Description: Project Description
Specific Skills Required: See Project Description
Application Deadline:?October 31, 2020 (UNBC admissions deadline December 15)
Name of Researcher: Dr. Kendra Furber
Contact Information: kendra.furber@unbc.ca


Autumn Diets of Grouse of Northern BC

Location/Campus: UNBC - Prince George Campus
Discipline (e.g. Chemistry): Natural Resources or Biology
Level of Study (UG, Master's, PhD): Undergrad (3rd or 4th year)
Paid, Volunteer or Credit Position: Unpaid/Credit
Start Date of Position: September 2020 to April 2021
Job/Project Description: Project Description
Specific Skills Required: Independent Study Project potential
Application Deadline: Applications accepted until position is filled
Name of Researcher: Dr. Roy Rea
Contact Information: reav@unbc.ca


Research Assistant

Location/Campus:?UNBC - Prince George Campus
Discipline (e.g. Chemistry):?Plant Biology
Level of Study (UG, Master's, PhD):?4th year?UG, Master's or PhD
Paid, Volunteer or Credit Position:?Paid
Start Date of Position:?September 2020 for a 6 month period

Job/Project Description:? The research assistant will be responsible for collecting and analyzing plant samples from the agricultural and forest industries, to be used in research studies. The successful candidate will carry out experimentation and process the samples, learning new, hands-on, laboratory techniques and utilizing sophisticated equipment. Once analyzed, the intern will work with the data generated to get meaningful results.

Examples of potential projects that the intern will be involved in and their environmental importance, include:

  • hemp seed and fibre analysis to determine the success of hemp crops in northern BC as potential food and fibre sources,
  • aspen density analysis to determine the viability of aspen fibre in wood fibre production which may lead to less removal of this valuable species from the forest environment of BC,
  • subalpine fir cell-level measurement to determine the effects of climate change on this alpine species, and
  • the efficacy of decomposition of plant residues by wine cap fungi, which may potentially reduce the need for the application of fertilizers to these crops.The intern will gain experience in microscopy, densitometry, and/or image analysis; techniques that are important for agricultural and forestry related sciences. The intern will need to be available to work 30 hours/week.

The intern will gain experience in microscopy, densitometry, and/or image analysis; techniques that are important for agricultural and forestry related sciences. The intern will need to be available to work 30 hours/week.

Specific Skills Required:?The successful candidate will have at least 3 years of post-secondary education in a natural science related field, and have experience with biological laboratory techniques and quantitative analysis. Preference will be given to candidates with strong plant biology backgrounds.

Application Deadline:?October 31, 2020
Name of Researcher:?Dr. Lisa Wood
Contact Information:?Lisa.Wood@unbc.ca