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Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure Track) in Molecular and Cellular Neuro Bioengineering

University of British Columbia

The School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver campus, in partnership with the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Appointment at the Associate Professor level may be with tenure for appropriate candidates.This position will have a membership as a Core Member with the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, a UBC Senate-approved centre supported by the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

The School of Biomedical Engineering is a partnership between the Faculties of Medicine and Applied Science, acting as a nucleus for education and training, research, and innovation in biomedical engineering, creating new knowledge, new academic and training programs, and fostering translation and innovation. Its vision is to transform health care outcomes through unconstrained exploration of the best possible integrative solutions across engineering, medicine, and biology. Through collaborative, innovative, and interdisciplinary approach and building on UBC academic and research excellence, the School of Biomedical Engineering aspires to be a global leader in biomedical engineering research, education and translation. For more information about the School of Biomedical Engineering, please visit https://www.bme.ubc.ca/.

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health brings together experts in the fields of neuroscience, neurology, psychiatry, and rehabilitation in a hub for training, research, and clinical care. The philosophy of the centre is to work with all facets of brain health as knowledge gained from treating and investigating one disease of the brain will advance our understanding of others. The centre brings research closer to patients, providing British Columbians with better access to the best possible treatments. For more information about the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health https://www.centreforbrainhealth.ca/.

Reporting to the Director of the UBC School of Biomedical Engineering, the successful candidate will lead an independent research program with potential to achieve international recognition in their field in the next five to ten years, participate in graduate and undergraduate teaching in biomedical engineering and related topics, and provide service within the University and to both the academic and broader community. Of interest is research in bioengineering in the area of molecular/cellular neuroscience. Expertise or interest in the fields of neurommunology and / or immunology would be an asset. Research areas of particular interest include: understanding and controlling the pathological mechanisms of inflammatory components of neurological disorders; how the immune system influences the nervous system during development, ageing and disease; understanding and controlling crosstalk between neural and immune systems; bioengineering neural cell fate control, brain integration or function; engineering cellular or molecular systems that recapitulate neural function; strategis to manipulate neural cellular behavior at the molecular level, or related areas. A focus on the development of novel bioengineering approaches and technologies to modulate the neural – immune axis is of particular interest, as it is recognized that this is very much a new and emerging area. Proposal of an original, innovative research program of high quality, a collaborative team-based approach to building a successful research program, and having potential to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers are important characteristics of desirable candidates.

Applicants will hold a Ph.D. or equivalent, have a strong background in bioengineering, biomedical engineering, neuroengineering, stem cell engineering, and/or related fields, a track record of success in collaborative and convergent research at the interface of engineering and molecular/cellular neuroscience, and demonstrated evidence of success, or potential ability for success, in teaching. The successful candidates will be expected to register, or be eligible to register, with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Interested applicants should submit an application package consisting of: curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests and accomplishments (up to 2 pages), a five-year research program plan (up to 4 pages), and a statement describing your experience working with and supporting a diverse student body and your contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion on campus or within your discipline (up to 1 page). Your application should also include the names and contact information for three referees (if applying at the rank of Assistant Professor) or four arm’s length referees (if applying at the rank of Associate Professor). Please submit your application online at https://ubc.wd10.myworkdayjobs.com/ubcfacultyjobs. (JR4162).

Review of Applications will begin mid November 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1 2022, or upon a date to be mutually agreed.

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.

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world . Since 1915, UBC’ entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

Our Vision: To Transform Health for Everyone.

Ranked among the world’s top medical schools with the fifth-largest MD enrollment in North America, the UBC Faculty of Medicine is a leader in both the science and the practice of medicine. Across British Columbia, more than 11,000 faculty and staff are training the next generation of doctors and health care professionals, making remarkable discoveries, and helping to create the pathways to better health for our communities at home and around the world.

The Faculty Of Medicine is comprised of approximately 2,200 administrative support, technical/research and management and professional staff, as well approximately 650 full-time academic and over 9,000 clinical faculty members - is composed of 19 academic basic science and/or clinical departments, three schools, and 24 research centres and institutes. Together with its University and Health Authority partners, the Faculty delivers innovative programs and conducts research in the areas of health and life sciences. Faculty, staff and trainees are located at university campuses, clinical academic campuses in hospital settings and other regionally based centres across the province.

The Faculty of Applied Science includes all UBC Engineering activities at both the UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, as well as the Schools of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Community and Regional Planning and Nursing. The Faculty was one of UBC's three founding faculties, admitting some of the University's first students in engineering in 1915. The Faculty includes over 300 full-time faculty members and more than 8,600 students.

The Faculty of Applied Science comprises a unique constellation of disciplines and is committed to creating lasting change by discovering and applying knowledge. Our core purpose is to discover, design, and innovate, provide unwavering top-tier education, and champion a community of responsible professionals devoted to serving a thriving, sustainable and healthy society. Our work and the professional disciplines we represent span the entire human-centred built environment. We represent innovation at all scales from nanoscale electronic devices that power communications to the design of entire cities.

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.