How to Apply

*Update: MAGNET will end on March 31, 2018 and thus is no longer accepting applicants. 

MAGNET is open to Canadian and international applicants at all levels of post-secondary education. Due to the intensive nature of this training program, we encourage highly motivated applicants demonstrating strong research potential and academic excellence.

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Mammoth Mountain, California – Annual Workshop 2014

Undergraduate Students:

MAGNET opportunities are open to highly qualified undergraduates who intend to pursue their studies at the graduate level.

Applicants must be registered in a bachelor’s degree program and have obtained, over the previous years of study, a cumulative average of at least second class (a grade of “B” or “B-,” if applicable) as defined by your university. Successful candidates must have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year (or two academic terms) of a bachelor’s degree, have been registered in a bachelor’s degree program in the term immediately before holding the award, and have not started a program of graduate studies.

The duration of the award is 16 consecutive weeks on a full-time basis. You may hold an award at any time during the year as permitted by your academic program. Tenure may start on a date acceptable to both you and your supervisor(s).

Undergraduate trainees will receive a minimum of $6,076 (of which MAGNET normally provides stipends of up to $4,500) for the full 16-week period. Travel support (e.g., for lab exchanges, internships, conferences and training events) is available and will be granted as needed.

Application Procedure: Browse the list of MAGNET Faculty and select a supervisor(s) whose research is of interest to you. Contact the supervisor(s) directly. Specific projects, application procedures and deadlines vary between faculty members.


Graduate (MSc and PhD) Students:

Graduate students who have already commenced their program are not eligible to apply for MAGNET funding. Salary and travel stipends are available for up to 2 years for MSc trainees, and up to 4 years for PhD trainees.

Step 1)  Browse the list of Current Opportunities and select a project(s) that interests you. It is strongly recommended that you contact the project supervisor(s) before submitting a formal application (Step 2). Please tell us about yourself, your academic/research background and interests, and include your CV. Contact should be made at least 2-3 weeks before the university application deadline.

Step 2)  Apply to the university where your selected project(s) is based. Make sure to indicate the MAGNET supervisor’s name(s) and project title(s) on your application. The application procedures and deadlines are unique to each institution and may take weeks to process so prospective students should start the process as early as possible.

University-specific graduate admissions information (with deadlines for September start):

Step 3)  After reviewing the complete university applications, MAGNET supervisors will select the top candidate for their project. Students will be notified at this time and asked to write a Letter of Interest. A review committee will make the final recommendations for acceptance into MAGNET.

Required documents:

  • Student: Letter of Interest (Please tell us about your academic background, research skills and career goals. Explain why you want to join MAGNET and work on the selected research project – How will you benefit from this network? Make sure to address the internship component of the program (20% requirement) – How will you benefit from this industry experience/collaboration?)
  • MAGNET Supervisor: Copy of the student’s university application, which should include their CV (or equivalent info), post-secondary transcripts, letters of reference and proof of English or French language proficiency*

* Required for applicants from universities outside of Canada where English or French is not the primary language of instruction.

Deadline for September start: March 17

Deadline for January start: TBD


Postdoctoral Fellows:

We are seeking two postdoctoral fellows to join our dynamic and rapidly growing network of leading scientists, industry partners and state-of-the-art analytical laboratories across Canada.  The positions are available starting in May or June 2017 for one year.

Qualified candidates must have a recent PhD (within the last five years; excluding time off for parental leave) in the Earth/ocean/environmental sciences, chemistry, or a related field and should have a strong background in isotope geochemistry and mass spectrometric techniques, together with a solid publication record. Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to work closely with MAGNET faculty and collaborators, assist with program activities (e.g., online course, annual workshop) and provide mentorship to undergraduate, MSc and PhD trainees.

Position 1:

MAGNET fellow sought for one of the following three proposed research projects:

  • Impact on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, soil carbon and nutrient stocks following Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) for agro-drainage systems
  • Measuring mineral dissolution kinetics using newly developed flow-through instrumentation
  • The effect of organic matrices on the accuracy and precision of trace metal analyses by plasma source instruments

Position 2:

MAGNET-Nu Instruments fellow sought for the following research project:

  • Optimizing Fe isotope analyses by ICP-MS

Nu Instruments Ltd. (UK) is a high technology manufacturing company specializing in the design and manufacture of high precision mass spectrometers.  The MAGNET-Nu Instruments fellow will be based at the at the Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research nUBC R&D facility at the University of British Columbia.  The fellow will be expected to work closely with PCIGR and Nu Instruments technicians/engineers.  Travel to the Nu Instruments factory in the UK will also be required.


Applicants are encouraged to develop and explore their own research interests within the posted research areas.  It is strongly recommended to contact the supervisor(s) to discuss the essence of the project before submitting a formal application.  Ensure to include your CV and sufficient information to allow a preliminary assessment of your suitability for the position.

Complete applications will consist of (1) a CV (including list of publications), (2) a letter of interest detailing why you want to join MAGNET, your suitability for the position, and your research plan, and (3) three reference letters (sent directly from your referees).

Applications should be sent to the MAGNET Program Coordinator Diane Hanano at by March 22nd 2017.