Science Co-op

Graduate with more than a degree

Psychology students enrolled in the BSc Behavioural Neuroscience program or Cognitive Systems program may apply into Science Co-op.

Your work experience will take the form of four consecutive 4-month work placements at a variety of different organizations in Canada and potentially internationally. You will begin your work terms after completing your third academic year. You must complete four work terms in order to receive a co-op designation on your transcript.

Below are some sample jobs you may encounter as part of Science Co-op.

Research Assistant - Neural Mechanisms Lab – Hotchkiss Brain Institute:

Job description:

  • Support lab research in mechanisms that initiate and control walking;
  • Study neural networks in the spinal cord and brain from a cells-to-systems level;
  • Data mining, signal analysis and software development that pertain to neuroscience
  • Lab duties include dissections and tissue preparations, conducting electrophysiological, behavioural or immunohistochemistry-based experiments
  • Qualifications: Students enrolled in biomedical engineering, cognitive systems

Research Assistant - BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital

  • Support clinical studies in Pediatric OCD including treatment trials, neuroimaging and family functioning
  • Duties include: study development, ethics submission, study coordination and assistance with statistical analyses and manuscript preparation
  • Position suitable for students majoring in psychology, cognitive systems, neuroscience

Explore the co-operative education opportunities available with the Science Co-op program.

To apply to the Biopsychology / Cognition & Brain Co-op Program, you must be:

  • A full-time, third year student enrolled in the Biopsychology or COGS – Brain & Cognition program at UBC (Vancouver)
  • Must have completed PSYC 260 and be registered in PSYC 360 in third year (Biopsychology majors only)
  • Biopsychology majors are recommended to take PSYC 366 in third year
  • Have a minimum average of around B-
  • Be a full-time UBC (Vancouver) student in good academic standing in mathematics, english and the sciences
  • Good communication skills, a responsible, mature attitude
  • Demonstrated leadership, teamwork and time management
  • Demonstrated interest in their chosen field
  • Be flexible and willing to accept a work placement outside the Lower Mainland

Application deadlines differ for all disciplines. Please check the Science Co-op website for your discipline’s deadline.

What Psychology grads say about their journeys in co-op

Kelvin Po

"Co-op showed me the kinds of careers available in both academia and industry and helped steer me into the biopharmaceutical sector. It directly provided me with the relevant work skills needed to be employed after graduation as well as an insider's perspective of the industry in BC. The networking opportunities and contacts I have established have proven invaluable to my career development. I am where I am now because of my Co-op placements." – Kelvin Po, Biopsychology Co-op