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The most common form of funding for graduate students is the Research Assistantship (RA). These assistantships are provided through research grants awarded to faculty supervisors for specific projects (which can often provide thesis topics). Some of these grants come from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Many professors also receive funding from a variety of industrial sources. Amounts paid monthly vary a great deal, depending on the amount of funding available, the nature of the work and whether there is a maximum amount that can be paid as per the rules of the funding agency.
The decision on whether to grant a research assistantship to a student is made by the individual supervisory professor. Students who have been accepted into the graduate program must contact their supervisor directly regarding the possibility and amount of a research assistantship.
If your supervisor has indicated to you that you will be receiving a Research Assistantship, please remind him/her to set this up as soon as possible. RA appointments are processed by the ECE Administration Office. If you are not a Canadian citizen they will require a copy of your student visa or PR card. You will also need a Social Insurance Number. You can apply for one here.
Requests to initiate RA appointments must come from your supervisor. To ensure that we do not miss any payments, please be aware of the dates of your appointment and remind your supervisor in advance to renew your appointment. RA appointments can only be made for up to one year at a time.
Masters and Ph.D. students, with strong academic standing, are encouraged to apply for Research Assistantship positions which match their research interests and qualifications. Below is a general overview of some RA positions available; not all positions are listed. Please note that not all RA positions are paid positions.
|BioMEMS||Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Inkjet for tissue engineering||We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow starting in Spring 2015 to lead a project involving inkjet printing of mammalian cells. This industry-sponsored project will involve tracking the motion of cells as they are dispensed from a piezoelectrically actuated nozzle. The project may also involve investigation of how rheological manipulation will affect reliability of dispensing cells. We envision that the postdoc will work in a team and assist in supervising one graduate student and one or two undergraduate students over the course of this project. The applicant should ideally have prior experience in microscopy, particle image velocimetry, and flow modeling. The applicant should also have demonstrated research potential through journal publications and top tier conference papers and presentations. Please send cv and statement of interest.||Karen Cheung|
|BioMEMS||PhD student: Inkjet for cell printing||We are looking for a graduate student, starting in Summer 2015, interested in investigating how we can improve reliability of printing living cells using inkjet technology. We are examining the hydrodynamic phenomena related to cell printing. Using high speed imaging to see within the inkjet nozzle and track single cells, as well as particle image velocimetry to visualize the flow field, we are looking at what parameters have the largest effect on the cell trajectory during droplet dispensing. This work would in future have applications in tissue engineering or the development of cell-based biosensors.||Karen Cheung|
|BiSICL||Postdoctoral Research Fellow||We are looking for an excellent Post Doctoral Fellow to join our team, ideally in September 2014 (possibly January 2015). The applicant is expected to have an outstanding CV in the area of medical image computing and a proven track record including top tier publications, e.g. MICCAI, IPMI, MedIA, IEEE TMI. The ideal candidate will have excellent software development skills, is a team player and is interested in collaborative research spanning both theory and clinical applications.||rafeef [at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca (subject: Postdoctoral%20Research%20Fellow) (Rafeef Abugharbieh)|
|LERSSE||PhD Research Assistantship||There are two Ph.D. RA-ship positions available in online social network security, mobile device security, and usable security. For more information, see http://lersse.ece.ubc.ca/positions||Kosta Beznosov|
|MINA||Artificial Muscle||Seeking a graduate student interested in investigating artificial muscle based on metal nanowires. These nanowires are stronger than steel and we hope to show that they can actively contract in response to applied voltage, creating the strongest 'muscle' known. Please apply to the UBC graduate applications web site and mention your interest in working with John Madden.||John Madden|
|MINA||PhD Research Assistantship in MEMS and microfabrication||The Takahata Lab is seeking motivated, competitive graduate students interested in creating novel microfabrication and MEMS technologies. Visit http://www.ece.ubc.ca/~takahata/opportunities.html for details.