Careers at mdru

MDRU are always looking for highly-qualified Researchers that can contribute skills to our research projects. In particular, we are always looking for Post-Doctoral Fellows and Research Associates with strong field and mapping skills, communication and language skills, spatial data analysis, structural geology, petrography, geochemistry and data integration.   Even if there are no postings, give us a shout.  If your skills are good, we may be able to develop a project around them.

We are looking for MSc and PhD candidates who are better than their peers and who excel in some of the above research areas.  We are preferentially looking for students who have some industry experience, who are mature and know what they want, and plan to return to the industry or aim for higher degrees.  We provide exceptional students with exceptional support, but those students with scholarship or industry support are more highly considered.

Current Postings
There are currently no career opportunites at MDRU.
Closed Postings
MDRU Director
Closing Date: September 30, 2019

MDRU Director

Mineral Deposit Research Unit at The University of British Columbia


The Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) Board of Directors and the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) at The University of British Columbia (UBC), invite applicants for the position of MDRU Director.

The Director will provide visionary leadership, coordination and management of MDRU’s core areas of research, education, knowledge transfer and operating sustainability.  Successful leadership and management of MDRU requires an extensive knowledge of the exploration and mining business and the application of geoscience research and innovation to drive success.  The MDRU Director builds and maintains strong relationships within UBC, industry, geological surveys and other universities.  These relationships facilitate successful, interdisciplinary research collaborations amongst faculty members, researchers, graduate students and industry collaborators within MDRU and EOAS, elsewhere at UBC and internationally.  The Director raises ~$2M annually to fund collaborative research projects that typically support ~30 graduate students, Post-Doctoral Fellows and Research Associates on projects around the world.  MDRU is dedicated to education and training and has provided >100 training events and contributed to the success of over 150 highly-qualified persons (graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates) since its inception in 1989. For more details, visit

Applications are invited from geoscientists with a proven track record of technical and scientific excellence in economic geology and mineral exploration.  The successful candidate will possess outstanding leadership, management, and interpersonal skills, have a demonstrated track-record of building successful collaborative teams, and be a strong strategic thinker.  A PhD is required.  Candidates must have extensive knowledge in economic geology and are expected to have significant career experience in the minerals industry and/or government and/or an academic environment with a significant focus on economic geology.  Candidates will have had broad experience across a range of mineral deposits types, settings and scientific challenges related to ore deposit discovery. Experience in integrated geoscience applications and the application of geoscience across the mining value chain are considered assets.  Candidates lacking industry experience must be able to demonstrate a significant record of applied mineral deposit research. Candidates lacking professorial experience must demonstrate the ability to advance mineral deposit knowledge and excellence in education and training and ability to effectively teach and mentor trainees

The initial appointment as Director will be for three years, and may be renewed by the MDRU Board of Directors.  The Directorship carries an academic appointment within the Department of EOAS at UBC (see criteria at: successful candidate will have experience and qualifications that satisfy both the applied industry focus and the academic eligibility of a Grant-tenured Associate Professor or Professor.   Salary will be commensurate with experience.  The starting date is negotiable, preferably by January 2020.

EOAS is a large and diverse department with research interests that span the evolution of Earth from core to stratosphere and is dedicated to innovative teaching ( We seek candidates who will collaborate with research groups both within and outside the department, strengthen research ties with other parts of UBC’s broad earth science community, demonstrate potential to contribute to excellence in teaching and mentoring, and build strong relationships with the minerals industry.  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 status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

UBC’s strategic plan identifies inclusion as one of our key priorities. We welcome colleagues with the experiences and competencies that can contribute to our principles of inclusion, equity, and diversity throughout campus life.  In your application, please include a statement describing your experience working with a diverse organization and your contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion within your discipline.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

How to Apply

Application packages should include:

  1. a cover letter;
  2. a detailed curriculum vita and publication list;
  3. a one-page summary of research interests and accomplishment, and examples of three recent publications;
  4. a one-page outline of a potential three to five-year business plan for MDRU;
  5. diversity statement
  6. the names and contact details of three referees


These should be combined into a single PDF document and be uploaded through the UBC Careers website at:

The deadline for receipt of applications September 30, 2019, after which the review of applications will begin.

Inquiries should be directed to the Search Committee Chair via email:


Posted: August 1, 2019

Deadline: September 30, 2019

Post-Doctoral Research Fellows in Carbon Mineralization
Closing Date: September 3, 2019

The Carbon Mineralization Research Group in the Bradshaw Research Initiative for Minerals and Mining (BRIMM) seeks two to three postdoctoral fellows to assist in developing pilot demonstration projects in carbon mineralization in ultramafic mine tailings. Successful candidates will have a strong publication record demonstrating expertise in one or more of; ultramafic igneous rock processes and serpentinization, experimental geochemistry in mineral-fluid-gas reactive transport, and computational geoscience in phase equilibria, mass balance, and computational mineralogy. A Ph.D. from an institute of international standing and excellent communication skills in English is required. Prior experience mentoring undergraduate or graduate students is an asset. Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Application packages including, CV, statement of research interests, example publications, and a minimum of three references should be emailed as a single PDF document to Greg Dipple (  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

posted 02 July 2019

Research Associate or Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Geometallurgy
Closing Date: September 30, 2019

MDRU is looking for a Research Geometallurgist to play a key role in developing and implementing a range of research opportunities, strategies and projects in this rapidly developing discipline. We are looking for a Research Associate to lead, or a Post-Doctoral Fellow to contribute, to MDRU’s geometallugy initiatives across the mining cycle from exploration to tailings; including alteration studies, defining 3D domains, petrophysical rock properties, gold deportment, rock hardness and comminution, mineral liberation and sorting.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • a track record of collaborating with the minerals industry to deliver research results that contribute to problem-solving and improved decision-making;
  • experience contributing to a team environment, interacting and facilitating research with colleagues, graduate students and faculty;
  • to be recognized for their contributions, as evidenced by their publications, involvement and influence;
  • experience in developing problem-solving strategies, utilizing a range of technologies and analytical approaches;
  • expertise in the acquisition, interpretation and application of SWIR, XRF, SEM/MLA, CL, EMPA, LA-ICP-MS and/or core scanning types of data.

MDRU’s approach to geometallurgy is “rocks first” with an emphasis on material characterization to establish domains of coherent mineralogical, geochemical and petrophysical characteristics as they relate to mineral processing, recovery and disposal. Candidates with strengths in geochemistry, mineralogy, 3D modelling, data management or rock mechanics will be more favourably considered.  The candidate will work with BRIMM collaborators in geological engineering, mining engineering, mineral processing.  We have projects in porphyry domaining and block caving.

The successful candidate will have excellent critical problem-solving skills, a record of excellent oral and written communications, and be able to contribute effectively to both academic and industry environments.  MDRU Researchers are expected to interact with and participate in the research activities of their colleagues, graduate students and geoscientists from other universities, government agencies, mineral exploration and service companies.

Applicants should hold a PhD degree and Research Associates should have at least three years of relevant post-PhD research, industry or government experience. Salary will be negotiated and commensurate with experience. The position is for a term of one-year, extendable.

Applications, including a one-page cover letter, CV, GoogleScholar page and salient publications should be sent to MDRU Director Dr. Craig Hart ( Applications will be screened and considered upon receipt.

MDRU-Mineral Deposit Research Unit is an internationally-recognized industry-sponsored research group based at The University of British Columbia, who are dedicated to reducing risk and solving mineral exploration problems by providing research, education and industry training.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. UBC is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes expressions of interest from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. However, Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority.

posted 01 July 2019