Post-Doctoral Fellow - Multidisciplinary Research in Blockchain Technology - BC-427

Preferred Disciplines: Engineering, computer science or a closely related field 
Project length: 2-3 years (6-9 units)
Approx. start date: Negotiable, but preferably within the July-September 2019 range
Location: Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON
No. of Positions: 1+
Preferences: Open to post-doc fellows based in Canada and to international post-doc fellows willing to relocate in Canada 
Company: Anonymous

About Company:

The industry partner is one of the top 20 leading pharmaceutical companies worldwide.

Blockchain @UBC is a multidisciplinary research cluster focusing on blockchain technology as a central component in investigating the broader research question “How can emerging technologies be leveraged to benefit Canadians? We engage in both research and education to advance the design, development and adoption of blockchain technologies. Our research initiatives bring academics and industry partners together to explore pressing issues and advance the emergence blockchain technologies. Our teaching initiatives span undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels to advance the knowledge and qualifications of students and professionals interested in blockchain technologies

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. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Summary of Project:

The industry partner is collaborating with the University of British Columbia on this research initiative in blockchain technology. ICICS in the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Blockchain Technology.

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow for a 24-month position, with the possibility of extension for a longer period. The successful candidate will be working closely with a multidisciplinary team of blockchain researchers as part of the Blockchain@UBC research cluster on blockchain technology with a focus on interoperability. The fellow will be responsible for developing novel approaches to blockchain interoperability, scalability, and reliability, and adapting tools from various fields such as cryptography, distributed systems, information theory, Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI) to build practical blockchain systems. The fellow is expected to design, implement, and test the proposed blockchain solutions, and to draft publications to be submitted to top peer-reviewed journals/conferences. The fellow will also take an active role in the activities of the Blockchain @UBC research cluster by, for example, leading seminars, presenting at monthly research talks, advising graduate students, assisting with laboratory management and upkeep, and participating in the leadership of the cluster. Teaching duties may be assigned for additional compensation.

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

The fellow will investigate new approaches to address issues of interoperability, scalability, and reliability in current blockchain systems, and adapt tools from various fields (such as cryptography, distributed system, information theory, IoT, and AI) to build practical blockchain systems. The fellow is expected to test the solutions and draft publications to be submitted to top peer-reviewed journals/conferences.


    • To be discussed with the researcher

    Expertise and Skills Needed:

    Applicants are required to hold a PhD in the field of engineering, computer science or a closely related field. Preference will be given to applicants with a good publication record related to blockchain technology. The ideal candidate will demonstrate expertise in the one or more blockchain platforms and/or frameworks and will possess strong communication, leadership, and administrative skills.

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    1. Check your eligibility and find more information about open projects.
    2. Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform for further instructions.