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Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) in Security

University of British Columbia

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus, invites applications for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the area of Computer Security and Privacy. Appointment at the rank of Associate Professor may be with tenure for an applicant of exceptional qualifications. Special emphasis will be placed on applications across both software and hardware systems, such as the cloud, databases, compilers, operating systems, networks and IoT, CPU and accelerator hardware, etc. Applicants are expected to have a strong publication record in top venues in systems security, and to demonstrate the ability to collaborate and innovate across disciplines within and/or outside of computer engineering.

This position is part of the University of British Columbia’s President’s Academic Excellence Initiative (PAEI) within the Faculty of Applied Science. In the Faculty of Applied Science, the leadership of the constituent Schools and Departments has come together around a shared vision to build a like-minded community of scholars ready to challenge and create afresh prevailing ways of generating and applying impactful knowledge in areas related to Healthy, Equitable, Adaptable Cities and Communities.

While inequality and the climate emergency have long been pressing concerns, their pertinence and implications have been amplified in the context of the global Covid-19 pandemic. As societies look towards creating new pathways to the future, it is more important than ever that the scholarly community seeks innovative approaches in the ways we study, learn and research. This includes how the questions we address are identified, how we do research and with whom, how we learn together across disciplinary boundaries and cultural traditions, and how we share and develop ideas and knowledge. If scholarly knowledge is to have impact, new methodological approaches are needed, creating new intellectual traditions which better contribute to the realisation of healthy, safe, inclusive and thriving communities.

The Faculty of Applied Science (APSC) at UBC is uniquely positioned to advance this creative and impactful vision through a distinctive constellation of units, with expertise and academic programs in health, technology, design and communities guided by a Strategic Plan Transforming Tomorrow that prioritises transforming ourselves, our scholarship and our learning to address the urgent challenges facing communities and cities, near and far. The Faculty consists of three Schools: Nursing; Architecture and Landscape Architecture; and Community and Regional Planning; and six engineering departments: Chemical and Biological Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Materials Engineering; Mining Engineering; and the School of Biomedical Engineering.
Applicant qualifications

The successful applicant will be expected to develop an independent research program that complements the department's existing strengths, assume teaching responsibilities at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and serve the department and university in various capacities. The successful applicant should have a record of research excellence or the promise of establishing a distinguished record of research and publications, as well as a commitment to high quality education. In addition, the successful applicant should be able to demonstrate how their research seeks to advance methodological innovation through their approach to collaborative working between academic disciplines and / or with non-academic partners, and to impact contemporary societal challenges. Strong applicants are likely to be comfortable working with and learning from non-specialists in their field.

Applicants should hold a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline and must be eligible to obtain a full or limited licence with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia within five years of appointment.

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.
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.

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 the Department Head, Steve Wilton at

All applications must be submitted online at Applicants should submit:
• A cover letter describing suitability for the position
• Current curriculum vitae
• A research statement describing current research, research goals, and a description of how the research would contribute to the Healthy, Equitable, Adaptable Cities and Communities cluster
• A teaching statement describing courses taught, teaching interests, and other educational activities
• A diversity statement, addressing how you will contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive academic environment at UBC.
• A 100-word summary, suitable for a non-specialist audience, outlining the nature and purpose of the research
• Names and contact information (including email addresses) of four referees

The deadline for applications is December 15, 2021. The search committee will begin reviewing applications in January 2022. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2022 but is negotiable. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Institutional context

The University of British Columbia is a Tier One research university with over 55,000 students and 5,700 faculty, ranked among the top twenty universities in the world and the top three in Canada. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is one of the largest academic units at UBC, with approximately 400 graduate students and 1,000 undergraduate students. Our department is anticipating significant renewal over the next few years as we strengthen key areas in high demand. Our research and teaching activities benefit from strong links to the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS), the Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory (AMPEL), and the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (QMI), as well as strong collaborations with the Department of Computer Science and other units within the Faculty of Applied Science. The department is situated on UBC’s Point Grey campus in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver is consistently rated one of the world’s most livable cities. The University of British Columbia and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering acknowledges the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ -speaking xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam people) on whose traditional, ancestral and unceded territory the University resides.

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