Biochemistry – Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus
Canada, North America / Canada, Pike County
Jul 09, 2017
Sep 07, 2017
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus Department of Chemistry, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

Biochemistry – Tenure-Track Assistant Professor (Job ID: 26962)

The Department of Chemistry ( in the Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences (IKBSAS), at the Okanagan Campus of the University of British Columbia, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Biochemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor. The Biochemistry Program within the IKBSAS is co-managed by the Departments of Chemistry and Biology ( The appointment is expected to start on July 1, 2018, or soon thereafter.

A doctoral degree and postdoctoral or equivalent experience in biochemistry or a related field are required. Qualified candidates with expertise in experimental areas related to structural biology, membrane biophysics, and protein and nucleic acid biochemistry are particularly encouraged to apply. While the appointment will be held in the Department of Chemistry, there will be opportunities for intra- and inter-Faculty research collaborations. The successful candidate will, thus, be an excellent interdisciplinary scholar who has demonstrated strong research productivity and will be expected to establish an independent, rigorous, innovative, high-impact, externally-funded research program. The proposed research should complement existing research programs in Chemistry and other disciplines in the Faculty and across campus. These include single-molecule biophysics, chemical neurobiology, glycobiochemistry, mechanistic enzymology, and natural product chemistry and metabolomics.

The appointee will have demonstrated experience as, or capacity to be, an excellent teacher and mentor of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as ability to teach existing courses in the Department. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to curriculum development and course delivery specific to area of expertise and to undertake service responsibilities at the Departmental, Faculty, University, and professional levels, as appropriate.

UBC is one of the world’s leading universities, and is consistently ranked in the top 40. The university has two distinct campuses, one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna. UBC’s Okanagan campus, located in the city of Kelowna, has over 8,000 students in seven faculties, with strong undergraduate and graduate programs. Situated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, one of the most scenic regions in Canada, it offers an intimate learning environment and excellent opportunities for regional, national, and international scholarly activities.

The Department of Chemistry, at UBC’s Okanagan campus, is housed in the vibrant Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. The Faculty offers both discipline-based and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The collegial learning environment in the Faculty focuses on effective teaching, critical and creative scholarship, and the integration of scholarship and teaching. We are committed to an ethos of local involvement, global engagement, and intercultural awareness and we provide a positive, inclusive, and mutually supportive working and learning environment for all our students, faculty, and staff. To learn about the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Science, go to: For more information about UBC

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How to Apply:

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Applicants are asked to submit:

(i) a cover letter, addressed to Dr. Gino DiLabio (Head, Department of Chemistry), outlining qualification for the position and fit with the Department and the IKBSAS;

(ii) a curriculum vitae;

(iii) a one-page statement of research interests and a five-page (maximum) research proposal. The proposal must be original; articulate a long-term vision that demonstrates impact, in terms of groundbreaking advances in the field and/or on society; outline short-term objectives; and define the methodologies to be employed;

(iv) a two-page (maximum) statement on teaching philosophy, interests, and plans for research mentoring of students and other highly qualified personnel;

(v) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching/course evaluations); and

vi) the names and contact information of three referees who may be contacted to submit letters of reference.

Inquires may be directed to Dr. Gino DiLabio (Head of Chemistry) at: All email correspondence must indicate the competition title (Assistant Professor: Biochemistry) in the subject line.

Deadline for applications is October 13, 2017. However, candidates who want to be considered for the Canada 150 Research Chairs program see:

should contact Dr. DiLabio as soon as possible, and must submit the relevant documentation by July 25, 2017. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval.

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.

In support of our commitment to equity and diversity, all candidates will be invited to participate in an online Equity Survey as part of the appointment process.