PhD Positions in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia

Job Description


The Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at The University of British Columbia is currently accepting PhD students. Program start dates include September (preferred start date), January, and May each year. Supervisor-funded annual student stipends start at $24,000 CAD per year and are often topped-up if an external competitive scholarship is obtained. UBC’s Graduate Program in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine is an award-winning program, recognized by students and faculty as one of the best “student centered” research training opportunities at UBC.

All incoming students must demonstrate a strong commitment to medical research through prior research experience or quality references from university faculty members who can speak about the student’s potential as a researcher. The majority of research projects study the mechanism of disease through a variety of approaches, from in vitro to animal and human studies. Our supervisors are national and international leaders in their fields. Our graduates are prepared to successfully enter their research careers, be it in academia or industry, or to pursue other careers where a strong biomedical knowledge is desired.

The PhD in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine is a laboratory thesis-based research degree, with 6 credits of graduate courses (12 credits if students start in the MSc program then switch to the PhD). Students work under the guidance of a Research Supervisor, with support from a Supervisory Committee composed of a department-appointed Chair and 3-4 faculty members. Students must satisfactorily complete course work, pass a comprehensive examination 24-36 months into the program to advance to PhD candidacy, and write and defend their research-based thesis to graduate.

The Department provides all PhD Students with a Departmental Award of approximately $2,000 per year for the first 4 years. This is paid over and above the stipend, provided that annual program requirements are met. International Students receive an International Tuition Award of $3200 per year to help bring tuition costs in-line with domestic tuition, provided all program requirements are met.

Learn more about our programs at Information about active research supervisors who may be recruiting students can be found at campus in British Columbia, Canada.

Please refer to reference number EU-54886 during correspondence about this position.

To express interest and initiate contact to the principal investigator applicants are encouraged to follow the instructions as provided in the position description or to submit an enquiry form on the position posting. Please note that shortlisted candidates will have to complete an online application to the University of British Columbia and gain admission as a graduate student to the university. Applicants should review the graduate program profile to learn about admission requirements, application deadlines, program duration, tuition, or to read student and alumni stories.

About UBC
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC's entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

Doctoral studies at UBC Vancouver
UBC is a public university with a comprehensive program offering - covering all major academic disciplines and degree levels, with both research- and course-based program options. More than 50,000 students attend UBC Vancouver. As a PhD student at UBC Vancouver you'll be part of a diverse community of over 3,600 doctoral scholars at an institution that recognises and rewards the significant contributions of doctoral research. UBC is at the forefront of responding to and building on the extraordinary changes happening in our societies and our world, through reimagining approaches to research graduate education and exploring flexible methodologies for learners to develop needed expertise. UBC's Public Scholars Initiative for example is a pioneering program designed to encourage and support doctoral students to reimagine the PhD, contribute to the public good, and with their doctoral work rise to the challenges that increasingly define our times.

At UBC, you will be supported with a range of professional development workshops and services, and we'll partner with you to ensure you have a graduate game plan for academic and professional success.

You are encouraged to review the awards and scholarship database to determine funding opportunities for your doctoral degree. UBC Vancouver guarantees a minimum of CAD $18,000 of funding to eligible students for your first four years of PhD study with many programs offering higher funding packages. Funding highly varies by program and will be commensurate with qualifications, experience and awards secured. Most international students benefit from the International Tuition Award and PhD students usually qualify for the President's Academic Excellence Initiative PhD Award.

About UBC's Faculty of Medicine
Every day across British Columbia, trainees and researchers at the UBC Faculty of Medicine are turning skills into jobs, investments into discoveries, and discoveries into solutions that are transforming health for everyone.

The UBC Faculty of Medicine offers a diverse array of training opportunities including cutting-edge research experiences in the biosciences, globally recognized population health education, quality health professional training, as well as several certificate and online training options. The Faculty of Medicine is home to more than 1,700 graduate students housed in 23 graduate programs (14 of which offer doctoral research options). Year after year, research excellence in the Faculty of Medicine is supported by investment from funding sources here at home and around the globe, receiving approximately in total research funding in the last five years.

About Vancouver
Vancouver is a dynamic, cosmopolitan and progressive city, consistently ranked as one of the top cities to live in the world. Canada's third largest city has it all: sea, parks, mountains, beaches, and four seasons per year, including beautiful summers and mild, wet winters with snow in the mountains. It's the perfect backdrop to your academic research.

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