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MSc, PhD and postdoc positions

The Wildlife and Conservation Economics Laboratory (WCEL) invites applicants for several funded graduate student (MSc and PhD) and postdoc positions. The positions focus on one of the following topics:

1) the environmental and economic impact of genetically modified crops or

2) the impact of microfinance on deforestation in Thailand.

Potential candidates can also suggest their own research projects related to conservation, fisheries or the environmental and economic impacts of land use. Candidates should have strong skills in economics, econometrics, or the analysis of spatial data and the ability to succeed in graduate level economics classes. We invite applicants from economics, environmental science or related disciplines. The positions will be supervised by Frederik Noack.

The position will be part of the WCEL and the Food and Resource Economics (FRE) Group of the University of British Columbia. FRE is an active group of environmental, resource and agricultural economics within the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and with collaborative relationships to the Vancouver School of Economics, the Institute For Resources Environment and Sustainability and the faculty of Forestry. FRE organizes the UBC environmental economics seminar.



The successful candidates are expected to contribute to a research project led by the principal investigator and to develop their own innovative research projects related to conservation, fisheries or the environmental and economic impacts of land use. The successful candidate for the graduate student position are further expected to complete a graduate degree at the University of British Columbia and succeed in graduate level economics courses.



  • Degree in either economics, environmental science or related fields.
  • Good data science skills including econometrics and/or geospatial analysis.
  • Proficient in R or other relevant programming language.
  • Ability to work independently, as part of a team and under direction.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.



For full considerations, please apply by October 31. The positions remain open until filled. Please send the following documents by email to Frederik Noack ( with “WCEL application” as subject:

  • Cover letter explaining the fit for the position (maximum two pages)
  • CV
  • Contact information of three references
  • Representative paper (postdoc position only)
  • Transcripts (PhD/MSc position)



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/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.