THE ZANDSTRA TRAINING APPROACH

Successful PhD, PDF and RA candidates must have the skills, training and desire to move between experimental and theoretical fields, as well as the interpersonal and leadership skills to excel in a fast-moving interdisciplinary environment.

Developing a focused research project early, and communicating trainee and supervisor expectations helps to promote success. This approach is further supported by interactions that identify potential challenges as early as possible. We conduct weekly lab meetings where each lab member presents a project update every three months, we host weekly journal clubs, where hot topics and publications are discussed, coordinate technique training workshops with collaborators and coordinate an annual lab planning retreat. We have integrating a number of project management tools to enable project tracking. We have also built a Standard Operating Procedures database to enhance the consistency and efficiency of data collection, archiving, training resources and administrative policy.

Ultimately, the success of my research team will be assessed by well received, compelling publications in high impact journals. On average, my PhD graduates publish ~2.5 high impact first author papers in peer reviewed journals (and are typically involved in several as co-authors). Graduate student success is formally assessed at supervisory committee meetings where milestones are set and performance evaluations are conducted. However, I personally measure my success as a mentor by the success of my trainees once they have moved on from my lab.

HOW TO APPLY:

WE ARE CURRENTLY RECRUITING RESEARCH ASSOCIATES, POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWS and GRADUATE STUDENTS (updated Nov 10, 2017). To apply to one of our labs, please see instructions below:

INFORMATION FOR POTENTIAL UBC GRADUATE STUDENTS:

How to apply to UBC

General Information on Graduate Studies at UBC

About the UBC Masters Degree program

About the UBC Doctoral Degree program

INFORMATION FOR POTENTIAL U of T GRADUATE STUDENTS:

How to apply to U of T

General information on Graduate Studies at U of T

About the U of T Graduate Degrees program

In addition to institutional applications, you must also contact your prospective supervisor. To connect with the Zandstra lab, please follow the below protocol. Our team will contact you only if you meet minimum requirements.

INFORMATION ON HOW TO APPLY TO JOIN THE ZANDSTRA LAB

STEP 1A: Email peter.zandstra@ubc.ca to express your interest:

STEP 1B: Please include the below information in your email:

  • 1. Cover Page
  • 2. Indicate research area of interest
  • 3. Indicate program of interest
  • 4. Transcript(s)
  • 5. CV
  • 6. Eligible start date

STEP 2: Our administrative team will contact you to set up a phone or video call ONLY if you meet minimum program requirements

STEP 3: If you are invited for a phone or video call, please arrange to send up to 3 references to Dr. Zandstra and his administrative assistant

STEP 4: If applicable, please apply to selected graduate program. Information is provided below to assist you with navigating requirements.

 

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