Tenure-track assistant professor - Materials Chemistry

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Competitive salary with comprehensive benefits package
Aug 17, 2018
Oct 12, 2018
Job Type
Full time

      Assistant Professor Tenure-Track (Materials Chemistry)                

The Department of Chemistry (http://chem.ok.ubc.ca/welcome.html) 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 Materials Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment is expected to start on July 1, 2019, or soon thereafter. 

A doctoral degree and postdoctoral or equivalent experience in fields related to materials chemistry is required. We seek applications from candidates with expertise in experimental areas related to synthetic chemistry, polymer chemistry, materials, and/or nanochemistry. The successful candidate will have a strong research program rooted in the synthesis or development of new materials with a vision of applying these materials in transformative technologies, particularly in biological/health applications. The research program will show promise of fundamental developments in their field. We wish to recruit an individual whose research is synergistic with other research programs in the Department, in particular existing strengths in single-molecule biophysics, microscopy, chemical neurobiology, glycobiochemistry, mechanistic enzymology, and chemical synthesis. Therefore, the appointee must 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 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. They are also expected to show evidence of commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful, collegial, and conducive learning and working environment. 

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 9,000 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: http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ikbarberschool/welcome.html. For more information about UBC resources and opportunities, please, visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-staff-resources/. Information about the surrounding community can be found at: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/worklife-relocation/. 

Applicants are asked to submit: 
(i) a cover letter 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 that includes a description of how the research complements existing Departmental strengths;  
(iv) 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; 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. 

Application packages must be submitted via: 

https://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty.php - position number 30033

Note that the website should be accessed via Internet Explorer.

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

Deadline for applications is October 12, 2018. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval. 

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.

            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 will be given priority.