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Associate Professor (Tenure) or Professor (Tenure), Biomaterials

University of British Columbia

The School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver campus, in collaboration with the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) research centre, invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, with tenure.

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 is emerging as 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 primary laboratory space for the successful applicant will be in ICORD (www.icord.org), an interdisciplinary research centre with 45 principal investigators. ICORD has its home in a 10,000 square meter state-of-the art research facility on the Vancouver General Hospital campus.

Reporting to the Director of the School of Biomedical Engineering, the successful candidate will lead an independent research program, participate in graduate and undergraduate teaching in biomedical engineering and related topics, participate in leadership roles in the school and provide service and leadership within the School of Biomedical Engineering, the University and to the broader community. The candidate will be an established leader in the design and use of biomaterials to advance novel fundamental or therapeutic and diagnostic applications in medicine and biology. Specific example areas include the design of materials for immunomodulation, novel delivery systems, “smart” materials for programmed biological engineering, soft materials for bio-inspired and bio-integrated technologies or related areas. Outstanding candidates in all areas related to biomaterials will be considered. An entreperunial or clinical translation mindset will be an asset.

Synergies with strengths in the School of Biomedical Engineering and its ecosystem are anticipated. Proposal of an innovative research program of high quality, a collaborative team-based approach and ability to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers are important characteristics of desirable candidates. The successful candidate must be able to establish and maintain high-quality, productive relationships across cultural differences and work in a collaborative and inclusive manner, fostering equitable experiences and a respectful environment for all staff, faculty, and students.

Applicants will hold a Ph.D. or equivalent and will have a strong background in bioengineering, biomedical engineering, materials engineering or mechanical engineering and/or related fields and have extensive experience and training related to biomaterials. Experience and interest in immunology in the context of biomaterials are also especially desired.

If appointed at the rank of Associate Professor, the successful candidate will have demonstrated evidence of successful teaching and ability to direct graduate students, evidence of sustained and productive scholarly activity with a reputation well beyond their institution and preferably a national recognition, and must be willing to participate in the affairs of the Department and the University. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and interact with empathy, understanding and respect of diverse and divergent perspectives and behaviors.

If appointed at the rank of Professor, the successful candidate will have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated track record in both creating and sustaining an independent research program with international recognition, as well as being an effective and accomplished educator. The successful candidate must be able to establish and maintain high-quality, productive relationships across cultural differences and work in a collaborative and inclusive manner, fostering equitable experiences and a respectful environment for all staff, faculty, and students. The successful candidate will have demonstrated evidence of ability to excel in teaching and will be expected to provide service to the University and the broader academic and professional community.

Applicants must either be registered, or be eligible to register, with Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC).

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 research program outline (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 of four arm’s length referees, external to UBC and to the candidate’s previous institution. Please submit your application online at: https://ubc.wd10.myworkdayjobs.com/ubcfacultyjobs (JR2939)

Should you have any queries around this please position, please contact Rita Amisano, HR Manager at rita.amisano@ubc.ca

Review of Applications will begin on September 30, 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. Its vision is to transform health for everyone. Across British Columbia, more than 12,000 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 10,000 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. Its vision is thriving people, places and planet. 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.

The University is also committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable work environment for all members of its workforce, and in particular, for its employees with disabilities. An inclusive work environment for employees with disabilities presumes an environment where differences are accepted, recognized and integrated into current structures, planning and decision-making modes. For contact information regarding UBC’s accommodation and access policies and resources, please visit the Centre for Accessibility website at: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/student-development-services/centre-accessibility/faculty-and-staff-disabilities. UBC Vancouver staff or faculty may contact the Health Promotion Programs (information@hse.ubc.ca) or the Centre for Accessibility (accessibility@ubc.ca) for support and assistance with accommodation questions.

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.