Four year PhD-fellowship in forest resilience to climate change

Position summary

We are seeking a highly motivated person to conduct research that addresses impacts of climate change on forests in western Canada. Increasing frequency and intensity of drought is causing wide-spread mortality and reduced health. At the same time, warming causes changes in tree phenology that may increase the risk of frost damage. The successful candidate will analyze data from long-term forest experiments designed to evaluate tree competition, tree species and genetic quality in British Columbia (BC), Canada. Annual growth variations will be linked to climatic extremes and the anatomy of the wood will be linked to underlying mechanisms. Results will guide forest management interventions to increase forest resilience to climate warming and extremes. The position will be supervised by Dr. David Montwé at the University of British Columbia - Department of Forest Resources Management.

What we offer

  • Commitment to excellence, diversity and impact
  • Mentorship and support in an expanding team
  • A competitive salary and support for scholarships
  • Training in statistics and experimental design, laboratory techniques and reproducible research
  • Participation in scientific conferences and meetings
  • Collaboration with end-users in government and industry

Required qualifications, skills and aptitudes

  • Meeting of UBC Forestry’s admission requirements for PhD programs
  • A Master’s degree (or graduation before September 2021) in forest science, forestry, environmental science, geography, biology or related fields
  • Ability to contribute to a positive environment in an inclusive and diverse team
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Taking pride in accurate and quality work
  • Commitment to safety in field and laboratory work
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills

Beneficial qualifications

  • Experience in data analysis including R, ArcGIS or similar programs
  • Experience in writing and publishing of peer-reviewed articles
  • Driver’s license and willingness to lead fieldwork in remote locations across BC
  • Willingness to participate in mentoring undergraduate research assistants

Please send your application including a cover letter, CV, academic transcripts, and contact information for three references by email to

We will begin reviewing applications on January 11th, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated starting date for this position is September 1st, 2021. A pool of qualified candidates for other opportunities may be established.

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.


Reference Number

Please mention reference number GPS-54579 in all your correspondence about this Doctoral student position.

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