We welcome applications from graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate students to our group!

Students interested in joining the group can apply through three different departments/programs at UBC:

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Atmospheric Science Program, housed in Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science



We are seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in decision analysis and environmental impacts of shipping at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus, situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) People. The goal of this position is to develop a systematic environmental impact assessment framework that will help inform technology development and deployment decisions for marine shipping. By applying this framework to real-world decision-making case studies, we aim to identify technology options that have the potential to reduce impacts from shipping across the full suite of environmental performance areas, considering synergies and trade-offs between areas. These environmental performance areas include, but are not limited to: climate, water quality, air quality, biodiversity, noise, and socio-cultural impacts mediated through the environment. Drs. Giang and Satterfield form a complementary interdisciplinary mentorship team, with diverse expertise in social-ecological systems, environmental impact assessment, and technology policy. Clear Seas will provide mentorship in knowledge mobilization and engagement with partners. This position will provide an opportunity to conduct applied interdisciplinary research, in partnership with civil society and government, that has the potential to directly inform decisions on the future of shipping in Canada. 

For more info and details on how to apply, see here. 


For Fall 2023, key areas of interest for the group are:

  • air quality, health, and equity impacts of transportation systems
    (ideally, candidates would have experience with chemical transport modelling or related tools and methods)

  • assessing chemical risk (to human and ecosystem health and well-being)
    (ideally, candidates would have interests in interdisciplinary approaches to the above)


Inquiry Instructions: Please review the above links for relevant deadlines and application instructions. If you are interested in joining us, please send an email to amanda (dot) giang (at) ubc.ca briefly describing your research interests and experience and how they connect well with LEAP's research program, and a copy of your CV. Note: We recognize the value of experiences outside of traditional academic or research settings (e.g., organizing, leadership, community service and engagement, personal experiences) for the problem-driven, stakeholder-engaged inquiry undertaken by our group. As a result, you are encouraged to note how these experiences contribute to your research interests and skills as well. Our group is committed to inclusive excellence, and believe that our research to support sustainable, healthy, and just futures is best accomplished with a diversity of perspectives in the research team. Candidates from communities that have experienced historical and ongoing marginalization are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Please use the subject line: LEAP Prospective Student Inquiry - YOUR NAME. Due to funding and supervisory constraints and volume of inquiries, I will prioritize responding to inquiries that follow the above instructions, and where there is a good alignment between our interests.

Expected Response Time: If you have followed the above instructions and have not received a reply within two weeks, please send a follow up email. I will endeavour to get back to those who have followed the above guidelines within this time frame.