Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)

Vancouver, British Columbia (CA)
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
January 03 2019
Assistant Professor - Regenerative Medicine
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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)

The Department of Orthopaedics and the School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME), in partnership with International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver campus, invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, in the area of regenerative medicine.

The Department of Orthopaedics has an international reputation for excellence in teaching, research and patient care. Our mandate is to create knowledge, advance learning, and improve musculoskeletal health at the community, provincial, national, and international levels. The Department consists of seven clinical divisions and a division of engineering research, and is comprised of 180+ academic and clinical faculty who choose to contribute large blocks of their time to increase knowledge in the areas of clinical Orthopaedics, musculoskeletal science as well as applied biomedical engineering. This focus allows the Department to be at the forefront of exciting new developments in the areas of minimally invasive joint replacement, improved bone healing, advanced techniques in spinal surgery, innovative arthroscopic techniques and improved biomaterials and implants.

The Faculties of Medicine and Applied Science have partnered to create the SBME, a new flagship entity at UBC, and a top strategic priority for the University and both Faculties. The SBME is 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. The vision of the School is focused on building health from biology through a robust pipeline of efforts across scales from engineering the molecular structures to implementing novel community based healthcare solutions. The SBME faculty conduct research that advances our fundamental understanding of human biology and that yields technologies and therapies that advance our health and wellbeing.

The primary laboratory space for the successful applicant will be in ICORD (, an interdisciplinary research centre with 45 principal investigators collaborating on its vision to make spinal cord injuries (SCI) preventable, livable, and curable. ICORD has its home in a 10,000 square meter state-of-the art research facility on the Vancouver General Hospital campus, shared with its partners the Rick Hansen Institute and the Vancouver Coastal Health Brenda and David McLean Integrated Spine Clinic. Additional laboratory space may be provided at UBC’s Point Grey campus, through the joint appointment with the School of Biomedical Engineering.

Reporting to the Head, UBC Department of Orthopaedics, the Director, School of Biomedical Engineering, and the Director, ICORD, the successful candidate will be an outstanding bioengineer or neuroscientist with expertise in biomaterials and tissue regeneration as related to the repair of the injured nervous system, in particular, with focus on recovery and regeneration of the injured spinal cord. Experience in the regeneration of other tissues, including those of the musculoskeletal system with an emphasis on bioengineering, will be considered an asset.

As a cross-appointed faculty member between the Department of Orthopaedics (60%) and the School of Biomedical Engineering (40%), the successful candidate will be a collaboratively spirited colleague with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and will be expected to execute a vigorous research program related to neural regeneration and/or neural repair, while contributing to our common goal of translation into humans with spinal cord injuries (SCI).

Applicants must have a PhD degree, MD/PhD, or equivalent with postdoctoral research experience an asset. The successful candidate will show demonstrated ability to achieve excellence in teaching, and will be expected to participate in the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate teaching activities of the units. The incumbent will also show demonstrated ability in scholarly activity, and will be expected to provide service to the University and the broader academic and professional community. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong record of research productivity commensurate with their experience. The successful candidate may be expected to register, or be eligible to register, with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A letter of application, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests and accomplishments (up to 2 pages), a five-year research program plan (up to 4 pages) and names of three references (at least one of which is not a co-author), should be directed to:

Bassam A. Masri, MD, FRCSC

Professor and Head, UBC Department of Orthopaedics

c/o Tamiza Abji, Administrative Manager

Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre

11th floor, 2775 Laurel Street

Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9


Subject Line: Assistant Professor, Regenerative Medicine Application

Review of applications will begin February 25, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2019, or upon a date to be mutually agreed.

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world and 3rd largest university in Canada with an economic impact of 12.5 billion to the provincial economy. Since 1915, UBC's West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages 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. As one of the world's leading universities, The University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.

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.

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