UBC Vancouver
Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Department

Research Administrator

Job Summary

The Bradshaw Research Initiative for Minerals and Mining, or BRIMM, promotes cross-disciplinary research spanning the entire life-cycle of mining, from early exploration to mine closure and rehabilitation. It engages faculty experts from across Science and Engineering and beyond to address industry challenges by identifying and developing research synergies among researchers.

The Research Administrator role requires a creative, independent thinker with an aptitude for developing and managing research relationships between faculty and industry. With limited instruction, the incumbent will manage the day to day administrative, financial, communication and outreach activities of BRIMM.

The incumbent will seek and develop synergies within an interdisciplinary research environment. Possessing a breadth of knowledge of the research enterprise, the incumbent will use this knowledge to seek opportunities for collaboration between researchers and industry partners.

Organizational Status

The mandate of BRIMM is to develop new interdisciplinary research teams that tackle industry problems spanning the full life cycle of mining, and to facilitate pairing of industry research needs with UBC faculty research expertise. BRIMM will foster and advance interdisciplinary research partnerships between faculty and industrial sponsors.

The incumbent reports to the BRIMM Director and indirectly to the Assistant Dean, Resources and Operations in the Faculty of Science. The position supervises several part time staff and students. It will interact and liaise with the BRIMM Associate Director, Executive Advisory Committee, industry research partners, as well as with faculty, staff and students.

Work Performed

Stakeholder relationship building and stewardship - this role will interface with potential collaborators, managing the relationship and drawing them into appropriate BRIMM activities. The incumbent will be expected to independently manage a mid-level connection with both researchers and industry; facilitate networking opportunities for BRIMM associates; and identify and lead in developing strategic research relationships across Faculties at UBC and at other institutions, and with mineral exploration, mining and mining service companies.

Event Management -work with Event Planner to coordinate regular meetings of multi-disciplinary research teams and their sponsors; lead planning and execution of lecture series, informational and promotional events; identify and invite appropriate researchers and industry contacts to attend; develop presentations and content.

Communication -with BRIMM Communications Coordinator, market and promote BRIMM activities via website, newsletters, and promotional materials. Generate customized content using comprehensive understanding of the minerals industry. Consult with BRIMM members to design and generate, including scientific content, communications of BRIMM research outputs, activities and opportunities. Compile and maintain database of UBC researchers for the mineral sector encompassing all relevant UBC Faculty members and with technical support, deploy a web-based portal with access to UBC expertise database to minerals industry. Document and archive training and research outputs. Provide monthly updates to the Founder, Dr. Peter Bradshaw.

Financial oversight - develop and manage the BRIMM budget to ensure that all BRIMM and university requirements are met. Monitor BRIMM grant spending by BRIMM researchers to ensure that funding is spent appropriately, and develop a tracking mechanism for research funding allocations. Oversee and ensure the accuracy for the communication of BRIMM awards and opportunities for researchers.

HR: recruit and manage additional staff for the BRIMM institute (communications, event planner, student research assistants)

Supervision Received

Works with minimal supervision and wide latitude. The incumbent reports to the BRIMM Director and the Assistant Dean, Finances, Resources and Operations, but acts independently in accordance with the objectives of BRIMM.

Supervision Given

The incumbent will supervise part time staff including a communications officer, an events planner, and undergraduate and graduate students engaged through research assistantships to advance BRIMM activities.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

The incumbent must consistently exercise sound judgement. A lack of judgment in understanding a researcher's needs or the relationship with industry partners could have a negative impact on BRIMM, on research projects, and on industry relationships. This position will be interacting with many faculty and industry partners regarding research collaborations, including company confidential information. Discretion is vital. Moderate decision making is required. Meets at minimum weekly with Director, but incumbent must possess a high level of confidence and the ability to work effectively independently.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. An undergraduate degree in Earth Science, Mining Engineering, or a related discipline is required. A Master's degree in Earth Science, Mining Engineering, or a related discipline, or an equivalent combination of training and work experience is preferred. Familiarity with relevant research terminology and literature. Minerals sector industry work experience a definite asset. Strong organizational, interpersonal, and analytical skills. Strong scientific and creative writing ability. Ability to manage complex projects and competing priorities. Ability to foster productive relationships and to communicate effectively with researchers and industry executives on technical or research issues. Minimum of three years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

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; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Please apply through the UBC Careers website (posting #30518): https://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/staff.php

posted: 31 July 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.