Master student in pathogen detection; UBC & FPInnovations

Recruitment for Master student in Forest and Conservation Sciences, Faculty of Forestry

Our research team at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and FPInnovations seeks a graduate student at the MSc level to conduct research on the detection of plant pathogens in wood. This study will aim to develop both lab and field-based methods to detect pathogens in wood and wood products following various treatments.

An interdisciplinary project with industrial collaboration: This project involves direct engagement with stakeholders from industry and government at the local, regional and national scale. The goal of the project is to ensure that wood treatments are efficient in eliminating pathogens and to provide tools to demonstrate the phytosanitary health of the products. The outcomes from this research will find direct applications via technology transfer and interactions with partners. This provides students the unique opportunity to understand how academic research can be translated into technology outcomes.

Anticipated background: We are seeking candidates who are interested in forestry, mycology, microbiology and genomics. Applicants should have a BSc degree in forestry, environmental or biological sciences, microbiology or biochemistry from a recognized university. Applicants interested in interdisciplinary collaboration with non-academic partners are especially encouraged to apply.

Desired skill sets:

  • Microbiological work, culturing of microorganisms in Petri plates
  • Experience with DNA, including, but not limited to: DNA extractions, PCR, sequencing.
  • Bioinformatics, genomics, some experience programming in R and/or Python
  • Experience in wood processing or wood products industry
  • Ability to analyze large and complex datasets
  • Evidence of strong written and oral communication
  • Strong collaboration and the ability to work with a diverse team in academia and with the non-academic partners.

Expected start date and location: Start date either January, May or September 2023 is acceptable. Location will be at UBC Point Grey and at FPinnovations, both located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Contact: If interested, please send an email to, using the subject line “Inquiry Re: Graduate Student Application, pathogen detection”. Please briefly describe your research interests and experience and include a CV and transcript when inquiring. Please mention the supervisor you are most interested in working with in your email, and preferred start date.


Reference Number

Please mention reference number GPS-56541 in all your correspondence about this Master student position.

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