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Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in Robotics

University of British Columbia

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in Robotics
Seaspan Chair/Professorship

The Faculty of Applied Science at The University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus) seeks an outstanding applicant in the field of robotics for a tenure-track or tenured position at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, who will occupy a named position in association with Seaspan Shipyards (www.seaspan.com). This position is part of UBC’s President’s Academic Excellence Initiative (PAEI), and the successful candidate is expected to develop collaborations with a diverse group of researchers across UBC and with the local marine industry in the areas of underwater robotics and autonomous vessels. We welcome applicants who would engage with our existing strength in Robotics, and from those who would inspire new areas of growth. The successful applicant will hold a joint appointment in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering starting July 1, 2023, or shortly thereafter.

Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, mobile robotics, autonomous systems, intelligent vehicles, soft robotics, bioinspired robotics, and advancements in robotics instrumentation and control systems.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, or a related discipline, and should demonstrate the potential to achieve excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate will develop an independent, internationally recognized research program, teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise and mentor Master’s and Ph.D. students, and provide service to the University and the community. Owing to the need for close cooperation with industry and government, a track record of successful industry experience would be an asset. The successful candidate is expected to register as a Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia.

UBC’s Vancouver campus is situated at the tip of ʔəlqsən (Point Grey) on the traditional and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people, surrounded by forest, ocean and mountains. Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the most diverse cities in Canada, and one of the most livable cities in the world. UBC seeks to recruit and retain a workforce that is representative of Vancouver's diversity, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

All of our work is shaped by our values: professionalism and integrity; scholarship and teaching excellence; commitment to students; partnerships and collegiality; initiative, innovation, and willingness to change; community, the environment, and sustainability. We hold these values as an integral frame of reference to inform our decisions and actions at every level and in every situation.

Interested applicants should submit a CV, a list of four references, and research, teaching, and diversity statements. Applications must be submitted online at https://apply.ece.ubc.ca. Emailed applications will not be considered. Our department welcomes and encourages applications from members of marginalized groups. Accessibility or special consideration accommodations are available upon request for all applicants at all stages of the selection process. To confidentially request accommodations, please contact chair-recruiting@ece.ubc.ca.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2022; all applications received by December 15, 2022 will receive full consideration. In addition to this search in Robotics, the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is also searching for an internationally recognized leader in robotics for a new Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) position. Please see the advertisement on our website for details.

Details on Research Statement: Please include both information about your research expertise and experience and about your research plan as a new faculty member, including as appropriate current and potential collaborators (at UBC and elsewhere) and sources of funding.

Details on Teaching Statement: Your teaching statement should describe your teaching interests and experience at any and all scales from one-on-one tutoring to small group tutorials to teaching large section courses. Also, explain your teaching philosophy, including specific examples that have informed the evolution of that teaching philosophy.

Details on Diversity Statement: UBC's strategic plan identifies inclusive excellence as one of our key priorities. We welcome colleagues with the experiences and competencies that can contribute to our principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout campus life. In your application, please include a statement describing your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion on campus or within your discipline.

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. All positions are subject to final budgetary approval.