Student research opportunities

Classroom-based and paid research opportunities in the field and the lab
Chantelle Gervais poses for camera trap

Students study Chasàn Chùa on Ayamdigut campus!

YukonU students can study the biodiversity of McIntyre Creek (or Chasàn Chùa (Copper Creek) in Southern Tutchone) to learn how humans and wildlife utilize the area right on the Ayamdigut campus in Whitehorse!
Portrait of James Lee Punongbayan

BBA students support accommodation rental company for their capstone project

Justice Billy and James Lee Punongbayan (, two of the first ever graduates from our BBA degree program, collaborated with Neighbourly Northfor a new BBA capstone course.
Portrait of BBA student Donna-Marie Haughton

BBA students support speech and language services company for their capstone project

Navneet Nijhar and Donna-Marie Haughton, collaborated with Boreal Clinic for a new BBA capstone course.
john holding one of the microplastic traps

Measuring microplastics in Whitehorse air

YukonU Instructor Dr. Jonathan Postma is pioneering a microplastic study in the Yukon with the help of two student research assistants.

We are a national leader in the number of paid student researchers, and we aim to hire more students every year. You can work with faculty or at the YukonU Research Centre to earn an income while completing your studies, learning invaluable skills and building your resume. We hire students all year round, so whether you are looking for something full-time or part-time, a summer job or a way to gain experience earn an income during the semester, we have the job for you.

Check out the current employment opportunities below. Not seeing what you're looking for? Check out the work of our faculty and staff and get in touch with us at 876 456 6986 so we can connect you with a potential employer.

Employment opportunities

Directed studies and funding

At Yukon University, research is integrated into many of our classroom experiences. You can also choose to work with faculty or at the Research Services Office to develop a research question and complete a directed study. 

Students can access funding opportunities through the Research Services Office. We offer the Scholarly Activity Grants, and access to the Northern Scientific Training Program.



YukonSat CubeSat Project

This project provides hands on opportunities for students to be a part of a team to design, build and operate a cubeSat. Students can learn how to use the engineering design process to build a cubeSat payload. Students can utilize and learn skills including CAD, 3D printing, soldering & electrical assembly and project management as part of mechanical, electrical and systems engineering. We welcome students of any background and education to learn with us while building our cubeSat.

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Facilities & equipment

The YukonU Research Centre Lab gives you the means to explore research projects, ideas, and questions within and outside of coursework using high quality analytical equipment. Our lab also houses permafrost samples from across Yukon, a Natural History Collections room with specimens from a range of taxa, and a staging area and processing room for field-based projects.  Yukon University also has a chemistry lab and a nursing lab, so you can conduct applied research in a variety of program areas.