Tenure-Track assistant professor position focusing on microbiome in health and disease

For hire: Assistant Prof focusing on the microbiome in health and disease.

Assistant Professor Tenure-Track (Microbiology)

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 Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Biology (http://biol.ok.ubc.ca/welcome.html), with opportunities for intra- and inter-Faculty research collaborations. The appointment is expected to start on July 1, 2019, or soon thereafter.

Qualified candidates with expertise in the study of microbiomes and metagenomics, with relevance to health sciences, are particularly encouraged to apply. A doctoral degree and postdoctoral or equivalent experience in microbiology or a related field are required. The proposed research should complement existing research programs in Biology and other disciplines in the Faculty and across campus. The successful candidate will be an excellent interdisciplinary scholar who has demonstrated strong research productivity and will be expected to establish an independent, innovative, externally-funded research program. 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.

The appointee will also have demonstrated experience or considerable potential as an excellent teacher and mentor of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as ability to teach existing courses in the department. S/he is also expected to contribute to the development and delivery of new courses in her/his 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 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.

Biology, at UBC’s Okanagan campus, is housed in the vibrant Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. Of potential relevance to candidates, the campus offers an animal care facility for mice, and active researcher in the fields of inflammation, neurobiology, glycobiochemistry, and nutritional biochemistry. The Department offers both discipline-based and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate, M.Sc. and Ph.D. 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 Biology unit and the IKBSAS;
(ii) a curriculum vitae;
(iii) a one-page statement of research interests and a three-page 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 one-page 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. Michael Deyholos (Head of Biology) at: michael.deyholos@ubc.ca. All email correspondence must indicate the competition title (Assistant Professor: Biology) in the subject line.

Deadline for applications is October 15, 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.