Assistant /Associate Professor (Tenure Track), CRC Tier II in Digital Health
University of British Columbia
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) or Associate Professor (Tenure), Tier 2 Canada Research Chair | Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine & Computer Science, Faculty of Science
The Department of Pediatrics, in the Faculty of Medicine, in partnership with the Department of Computer Science,in the Faculty of Science at The University of British Columbia (UBC) invite applications for an academic computer scientist for a CIHR Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Digital Health. The successful candidate will be eligible to hold an appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor (with tenure). The successful applicant will also hold a concurrent appointment as an Investigator within the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.
The Department of Pediatrics, located at BC Children’s Hospital, has training programs at the undergraduate,graduate and postgraduate levels, and pursues research to make innovative advancements in knowledge and practice to improve health. The Department consists of physicians, scientists, allied health professionals and administrative staff trained in pediatric and allied child health disciplines. Department members include full-time,part-time and community-based pediatricians throughout the province. The Department’s mandate is to provide
leadership and excellence in patient care, education, research and child advocacy.
The Department of Computer Science ranks among the top Departments in North America, with approximately 60 tenure-stream faculty and approximately 200 graduate and 2000 undergraduate students. Department members are recognized internationally for excellence in research, teaching and innovation. Faculty members include a Canada 150 Research Chair; four Canada Research Chairs; and many Fellows of prestigious societies including the Royal
Society of Canada, ACM, IEEE, SIAM and the Sloan Foundation; many have founded successful start-ups.
The BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, located at BC Children’s Hospital, is the largest research institute of its kind in Western Canada, where more than 300 Investigators form a dynamic and highly collaborative research community that aims to improve the health of children and their families. The successful candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with a large and diverse community of basic scientists and clinicians.
Reporting to the Heads of both the Departments of Pediatrics and Computer Science, the incumbent will be expected to develop and maintain a strong, innovative and internationally-recognized research program focused on the development and evaluation of new point-of-care digital solutions that target health data collection and personalized clinical decision-making and have the potential to be a leader in their research field. As Chairholder, the individual
will be expected to effectively supervise graduate students, collaborate with other faculty members, obtain external research funding, and teach computer science courses for undergraduate and graduate students. The potential of an applicant's research program to complement and extend the existing research and teaching strengths of the department will be an important factor in selection.
Applicants must have a PhD or MD/PhD in Computer Science or a related area. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and interact with empathy, understanding and, respect of diverse and divergent perspectives and behaviours. They will also be expected to provide service to the Department(s), University and the broader academic and professional community. If appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor, the successful candidate will have demonstrated evidence of ability in teaching and in scholarly activity. If appointed at the rank of Associate Professor, the successful candidate must demonstrate evidence of successful teaching and ability to direct graduate students, and evidence of sustained and productive scholarly activity.
Applicants must meet the eligibility requirement for a Tier 2 CRC position. Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. Nominations are subject to review by the CRC Secretariat, and appointment as a CRC is conditional upon their approval. Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website www.chairs.gc.ca for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.
In UBC’s Strategic Plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century, inclusion, innovation, and collaboration have been identified as our key themes. We welcome colleagues with the experiences and skills to contribute to our principles of inclusion, equity, and diversity throughout campus life. UBC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for all candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. To confidentially request accommodations, please contact Harjit Gill, Senior Manager Human Resources, Department of Pediatrics, at email@example.com.
A letter of application outlining the applicant’s research and teaching interests, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of four references should be directed to:
Dr. Wyeth Wasserman, Search Committee Chair
Vice-President (Research), BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
c/o Carolyne Bliss
Subject Line: CRC Tier 2 in digital health
Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled, with the goal to enter the spring 2021 national competition. The anticipated start date for this position is September 1, 2021 or upon a date to be mutually agreed. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
In assessing applications, UBC recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., maternity leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.
In accordance with UBC’s CRC Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Action Plan, and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights code, the selection will be restricted to members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities (members of groups that are racially categorized), persons with disabilities, and Indigenous peoples.
Applicants to Canada Research Chair positions are asked to complete the equity survey
(https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6WJHol7SfPxRMu9) as part of the application, and candidates from these groups must self-identify as belonging to one or more of the designated equity groups to be considered for the position. Because the search is limited to those self-identifying as members of designated equity groups, candidates must also provide their name to be considered.
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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 of Canada will be given priority.
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