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PURE Student Researchers

The Museum of Anthropology is hiring 16 undergraduate students to work as researchers for the project Decolonising the African Collections and Displays at the Museum of Anthropology through UBC’s Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) during the 2019–2020 academic year.

Candidates should be interested in researching African history and cultures in order to revise the catalogue descriptions of the Museum’s Africa collections.

Duration of each position is 13 weeks, 10 hours per week (Term 1: September 3 – November 30, 2019; or Term 2: January 6 – April 3, 2020)

Payment is CAD $18.00/hour. Total individual payment is CAD $2,340.00.

Work Performed

Work is performed under the supervision of MOA’s Curator for Africa and South America. Each student researcher is expected to write a minimum of 40 catalogue labels during the term. Research is undertaken independently and periodically shared within the project group. This will require that successful candidates meet regularly for three hours weekly, where research design, implementation and monitoring will take place. Student researchers will be supported as needed and individual supervision will be offered case by case.


  • Applicants must be UBC undergraduate students.
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated engagement with African studies at UBC.
  • Given that PURE has the objective of fostering undergraduate research experience, when in equal circumstances, preference will be given to fourth year candidates.

How to apply

The application package consists of:

  • A statement of interest explaining your motivations to join the project;
  • CV;
  • Course transcripts;
  • Your preferred term (Term 1: September 3 – November 30, 2019; or Term 2: January 6 – April 3, 2020).

Apply to this position by emailing your application package to nuno.porto@ubc.ca.

Applications will be accepted until August 14, 2019 at 10pm PST.

Selected applicants will be notified by August 19, 2019.