Faculty Positions

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in Robotics

Seaspan Chair/Professorship

The Faculty of Applied Science at The University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus) seeks an outstanding applicant in the field of robotics for a tenure-track or tenured position at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, who will occupy a named position in association with Seaspan Shipyards (www.seaspan.com). This position is part of UBC’s President’s Academic Excellence Initiative (PAEI), and the successful candidate is expected to develop collaborations with a diverse group of researchers across UBC and with the local marine industry in the areas of underwater robotics and autonomous vessels. We welcome applicants who would engage with our existing strength in Robotics, and from those who would inspire new areas of growth. The successful applicant will hold a joint appointment in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering starting July 1, 2023, or shortly thereafter.

Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, mobile robotics, autonomous systems, intelligent vehicles, soft robotics, bioinspired robotics, and advancements in robotics instrumentation and control systems.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, or a related discipline, and should demonstrate the potential to achieve excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate will develop an independent, internationally recognized research program, teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise and mentor Master’s and Ph.D. students, and provide service to the University and the community.  Owing to the need for close cooperation with industry and government, a track record of successful industry experience would be an asset. The successful candidate is expected to register as a Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia.

UBC’s Vancouver campus is situated at the tip of ʔəlqsən (Point Grey) on the traditional and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people, surrounded by forest, ocean and mountains. Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the most diverse cities in Canada, and one of the most livable cities in the world. UBC seeks to recruit and retain a workforce that is representative of Vancouver’s diversity, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

All of our work is shaped by our values: professionalism and integrity; scholarship and teaching excellence; commitment to students; partnerships and collegiality; initiative, innovation, and willingness to change; community, the environment, and sustainability. We hold these values as an integral frame of reference to inform our decisions and actions at every level and in every situation.

Interested applicants should submit a CV, a list of four references, and research, teaching, and diversity statements. Applications must be submitted online at https://apply.ece.ubc.ca. Emailed applications will not be considered. Our department welcomes and encourages applications from members of marginalized groups. Accessibility or special consideration accommodations are available upon request for all applicants at all stages of the selection process. To confidentially request accommodations, please contact chair-recruiting@ece.ubc.ca.  

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2022; all applications received by December 15, 2022 will receive full consideration. In addition to this search in Robotics, the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is also searching for an internationally recognized leader in robotics for a new Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) position. Please see the advertisement on our website for details.

Details on Research Statement: Please include both information about your research expertise and experience and about your research plan as a new faculty member, including as appropriate current and potential collaborators (at UBC and elsewhere) and sources of funding.

Details on Teaching Statement: Your teaching statement should describe your teaching interests and experience at any and all scales from one-on-one tutoring to small group tutorials to teaching large section courses. Also, explain your teaching philosophy, including specific examples that have informed the evolution of that teaching philosophy.

Details on Diversity Statement: UBC’s strategic plan identifies inclusive excellence as one of our key priorities. We welcome colleagues with the experiences and competencies that can contribute to our principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout campus life. In your application, please include a statement describing your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion on campus or within your discipline. 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. All positions are subject to final budgetary approval.

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

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. Applicants are expected to have a primary focus in computer security and privacy, a strong publication record in top venues in systems security, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and innovate across disciplines within and/or outside of computer 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 by their anticipated start date and must be eligible to obtain a full or limited license 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. 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. While qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, 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 chair-recruiting@ece.ubc.ca.

APPLICATION

All applications must be submitted online at https://apply.ece.ubc.ca. Applicants should submit:

  • a cover letter describing suitability for the position;
  • a current curriculum vitae;
  • a research statement describing current research, research goals, and a description of how theresearch would contribute to the Healthy, Equitable, Adaptable Cities and Communitiescluster;
  • a teaching statement describing courses taught, teaching interests, and other educationalactivities;
  • a diversity statement, addressing how you have been contributing to a diverse, equitable, andinclusive academic environment, and will continue to do so at UBC;
  • a 100-word summary, suitable for a non-specialist audience, outlining the nature and purposeof the research; and
  • the names and contact information (including email addresses) of four referees who will becontacted to submit references.

The deadline for applications has been extended to December 15, 2022. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2023 but is negotiable. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

CONTEXT: PRESIDENT’S ACADEMIC INITIATIVE

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 likeminded 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 realization 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 prioritizes 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; the School of Biomedical Engineering; and the School of Engineering at the UBC Okanagan campus.

CONTEXT: UBC DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING

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
hən̓ q̓ əmin̓ əm̓ -speaking xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam) people on whose traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory the University resides.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

For more information about the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, please visit https://ece.ubc.ca/. Please direct inquiries about the position and the application process to chair-recruiting@ece.ubc.ca.