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The following refers to research and teaching career opportunities available in the Faculty of Applied Science. Each posting contains a submission deadline, but we welcome applications for as long as the job descriptions remain posted.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.
- Chemical and Biological Engineering Positions
- Civil Engineering Positions
- Electrical and Computer Engineering Positions
- Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS)
- Materials Engineering Positions
- Mechanical Engineering Positions
- Mining Engineering Positions
- School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Positions
- School of Community and Regional Planning Positions
- School of Engineering - Okanagan Campus - Positions
- School of Nursing Positions
To assist you in considering research and teaching career opportunities within the Faculty, we offer the following faculty recruitment information. However, please note that this guide is intended to provide a general overview of the employment environment for faculty members in the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC. The information provided has been extracted from a number of University sources (e.g. the UBC Policy Handbook, the Agreement on Terms of Appointment for Faculty Members, etc.). While we believe our interpretation and summary of the relevant information is correct, in the case of disagreement of interpretation, the official documentation will be held to be final.
In Vancouver, we enjoy one of the highest qualities of life worldwide. British Columbia is known as "Beautiful British Columbia" for its spectacular natural scenery and a distinct lifestyle focussed on outdoor pursuits such as hiking, camping, skiing, sailing and golfing. Physically, British Columbia is Canada's third largest and westernmost province, located on the Pacific Coast. Increasingly, BC is gaining recognition for its cultural activities including a variety of year-round festivals.
Vancouver is Canada's third largest city, with Greater Vancouver's population being close to two million. It is a modern Pacific Rim city with the best in international music, theatre and dance, set against the backdrop of a spectacular natural environment that includes snow-capped mountains, dense rain forests, the Fraser River, and the Strait of Georgia. It is one of few urban centres where residents can sail, golf and ski year-round—and sometimes all within the same week!
Locals take pride in Vancouver’s cultural activities, with the city playing host to events such as the International Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, and the Vancouver International Film and Writers Festivals. Vancouver also has a vibrant business and financial environment covering a wide range of economic sectors, including major resource industries and a rapidly expanding high tech industry.
However, Vancouver's popularity is based on more than "home-town" pride. Over the last few years, Vancouver has consistently ranked at or near top spot as one of the best cities in the world to live. Such rankings include those reported by The Economist, Maclean's Magazine, Atlantic Monthly and Conde Nast Traveler. The latter describes the city as "safe, clean, friendly, scenic, and international."
Vancouver tied for top spot of cities worldwide for quality of life in a January 2000 assessment of cities worldwide, carried out by human resources consultancy firm William M. Mercer. This assessment was based on quality of life factors such as political stability, personal safety, health care, crime levels, water quality, transportation, traffic congestion, education, and the availability of public services.
The University of British Columbia is one of the world's great public universities. It is among Canada's Best Diversity Employers and British Columbia's Best Employers and encourages a Respectful Environment for individuals to work, live and learn.
UBC is one of Canada's largest universities and the oldest in British Columbia. Incorporated in 1908, its first students were admitted in 1915. It currently consists of four campuses: the main Vancouver campus in Point Grey, UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, B.C., and smaller campuses at Robson Square and the Great Northern Way in central downtown and east Vancouver, respectively.
In addition to being a centre for academic and research excellence, the University of British Columbia boasts a picturesque physical setting. The spectacular UBC Vancouver campus lies less than 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. It is located on the tip of the Point Grey peninsula, and is surrounded by 763 hectares of forested parkland providing a green belt between campus and the city , complete with trails for hiking and biking, as well as state-of-the-art recreational facilities. The University's arts and cultural facilities are equally impressive, with events and exhibits being held year-round in the Chan Centre for Performing Arts, the world-famous Museum of Anthropology, the Nitobe Memorial Garden and the Belkin Art Gallery.
The University undertakes teaching, research and public service over a wide range of academic and professional disciplines, through 12 faculties:
- Applied Science
- Graduate Studies
- Land and Food Systems
- Pharmaceutical Sciences
- the Sauder School of Business
The faculties administer over 100 departments, schools, research institutes and centres. UBC has over 35,000 undergraduate students and 7,500 graduate students, and employs more than 2,500 faculty and 7,400 staff. Faculty members attract more than $364 million in research grants and contracts annually.
The Faculty of Applied Science includes all UBC Engineering activities at both the UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, as well as the Schools of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Community and Regional Planning and Nursing. The Faculty was one of UBC's three founding faculties, admitting some of the University's first students in engineering in 1915. UBC instituted the first degree program in Nursing in the British Empire in 1919, and Architecture was established within the Faculty of Applied Science in 1946.
The Faculty includes close to 300 faculty members and more than 6,800 students. It is supported by a 2011/12 budget close to $60 million, and the Faculty attracts around $44 million in annual research funding.
The Faculty of Applied Science holds a prominent place within the UBC community; and, through its five professions, it has played an important role in shaping our society, both in British Columbia and beyond. Many of our faculty members have achieved wide international recognition for their outstanding research and teaching.
A new faculty position is usually proposed first by a department. Once the position has been approved by the Dean and the Provost, a search committee of four to five people within the department is established. The committee solicits and receives nominations and applications, reviews dossiers, develops a short-list of candidates, seeks references on them, and arranges for them to visit the department to be interviewed, meet members of the department, and tour facilities.
Following this process, the Head may approach you with a tentative offer of appointment, subject to formal approvals. You can expect a delay of several weeks between your acceptance of this tentative offer and approvals by the Dean and the Provost.
(For appointments at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, this process may take slightly longer since the case also needs to be considered by the University's Senior Appointments Committee.) You are welcome to contact the Head at any point during the application process.
Your appointment as a faculty member at UBC generally entails responsibilities which fall under three areas:
Teaching loads are set by the Head in consultation with members of the department. Depending on your specific appointment and the department, you can expect to teach one or two undergraduate courses per year and one or two graduate courses per year.
In cases where faculty members hold joint appointments — that is, an appointment split between two departments — teaching loads usually reflect the breakdown of the appointment.
Scholarly activity is left to the individual faculty member to pursue, but should be carried out with the criteria for promotion and tenure in mind. Scholarly activity is defined reasonably broadly, reflecting the professional nature of our faculty.
Apart from more traditional research, this activity may include contributions to architectural or engineering design, and distinguished performance in professional or clinical practice.
Overall, scholarly activity in the Faculty is given high priority. We have excellent facilities for both individual and collaborative work.
In addition to teaching and research, most faculty members are involved in some form of university or professional service. Service responsibilities may include activity at the Department, Faculty, University or professional levels, although Faculty-level and University-level service is not usually requested of new faculty members. Activities may include participation on committees or leading Faculty-wide initiatives.
During the first year or two of a faculty appointment, at the discretion of the Head, teaching and service loads may be relatively light in order to allow you to establish your research program and develop your initial courses.
In order to help you carry out these varied activities, the Faculty is pleased to offer a variety of support services. Within your department, you will likely have access to administrative and secretarial services, IT services, and, within engineering, technical support in our teaching and research laboratories.
An initial appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor is for a three-year term, followed by reappointment for a second three-year term, and then a further reappointment for a two-year term. (For the purpose of calculating years of service with respect to reappointments, promotion and tenure, all appointments are deemed to have commenced on July 1 of the calendar year in which the actual appointment began.)
Promotion to Associate Professor may be considered at any time (consideration in the fifth year after appointment is the most common), and, if awarded, is accompanied by tenure. In any event, tenure is considered no later than during the seventh year of appointment.
Individuals with appropriate levels of academic or industry experience may be appointed at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
Candidates for reappointment, tenure or promotion are judged principally on performance with respect to teaching, scholarly activity, and service. The process for securing tenure and promotion is comprehensive and outlined fully in the Agreement on Conditions of Appointment for Faculty. Typically, it involves individual meetings with your Head, preparation of your curriculum vitae and a teaching dossier, and nomination of referees. Following this, the Heads seeks letters from a set of external referees, and your case is then considered in turn by a department committee, the Head, a Faculty committee, the Dean, the Senior Appointments Committee, and the President.
Faculty members have access to a number of resources available to guide them in gaining reappointment, tenure, and promotion. The most important of these is your Head, who is available to help you prepare your case and provide counsel. Also, the Faculty's environment fosters collaboration between junior and senior colleagues in each department, many of whom will be eager to assist you and provide mentorship in connection with tenure and promotion. Additional support is available from the Faculty Association.
The Faculty Association represents faculty, lecturers, librarians, and program directors. The Association undertakes collective bargaining on salaries and economic benefits on behalf of its members, and represents members in grievances and arbitration.
The Association also participates in a number of joint committees with the UBC administration, and is active in provincial and national faculty associations. Membership in the Faculty Association is automatic with acceptance of your appointment.
The University and the Faculty place high value on professional development and personal growth. In order to encourage these activities, the University offers faculty members a variety of services and support arrangements:
At the time we offer you an appointment, we will endeavour to commit to a modest start-up funding package to cover the initial cost of research-related equipment and associated expenses.
The amount varies depending on your discipline and the arrangements in place at the time, but your Head will be able to discuss this with you in greater detail. Associated with this, new faculty members may be in a position to apply for more significant start-up funds through the New Opportunities Program of the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
Faculty members are frequently aided in their research through collaboration with the graduate students that they supervise. At UBC, the Faculty of Graduate Studies deals with certain administrative aspects of the associated graduate programs.
Financial support for graduate students is available most commonly through research grants secured by a faculty member, Teaching Assistantships, University Graduate Fellowships, granting council (NSERC, MRC, SSHRC) scholarships, and other support through granting agencies or industry collaborators. Under recently announced guidelines, students who hold an NSERC scholarship may be eligible for supplementary financial support through a Scholarship Supplement Program.
Finally, we are able to attract the best international students, in part on account of UBC's comparatively low tuition fees for foreign graduate students and the associated International Partial Tuition Scholarship.
UBC's University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO) provides an avenue for achieving the full potential of the technology transfer and commercialization activities of our faculty members. Thus the UILO will be helpful with respect to disclosures, patents, licenses and establishing agreements on royalties.
The UILO's responsibility is to evaluate, protect, market and license those inventions and technologies that are likely to be viable and successful in the marketplace. The support activities of the UILO include:
- assessment of technology and invention disclosures for feasibility and commercial potential
- a Prototype Development Program, which produces proof-of-concept and working models of promising technologies
- intellectual property protection, through a patent, copyright and trademark registration program technology commercialization, whereby the UILO markets a portfolio of technologies ready for licensing, collaborative research and joint development
- development of spin-off company opportunities.
Overall, technology transfer activity has helped the University hold to its goal of sharing the benefits and value of research with the wider community, while at the same time bringing tangible returns in the form of royalties, equity and contract revenue that can be used to fund further research.
The Centre for Teaching, and Learning Technology (CTLT) offers a wide range of programs, services and resources on teaching and learning, which may be useful in furthering your personal and/or professional development. Some of the most popular CTLT services include support for new faculty, instructional skills workshops, and seminars for the teaching community:
Support for new faculty
The Centre for Teaching, and Learning Technology organizes annual events and activities for new faculty to meet colleagues and discuss topics of special concern.
Walking-tour orientations in August and February, one-on-one mentoring, start-of-term coffee welcomes, and special e-mail announcements are just a few of the activities CTLT coordinates to introduce new faculty to the people, places and material necessary for success at UBC.
Instructional skills workshops
Six months of the year, the Centre for Teaching, and Learning Technology offers three-day workshops led by trained facilitators. In a supportive, peer-based atmosphere, faculty members practice teaching short lessons and receive constructive feedback. The group discusses new approaches and techniques to sharpen existing teaching skills. A special workshop in August focuses specifically on new faculty members.
Seminars for the teaching community
The Centre for Teaching, and Learning Technology offers ongoing seminars from September through April, which address a variety of teaching and learning themes such as teaching larger classes, evaluation and assessment, motivating students, and incorporating research into teaching.
The Applied Science Centre for Instructional Support can help you improve your teaching and student learning by the effective use of educational technologies. A host of resources are available, including hardware and software, interactive media, WebCT training and course design. To learn more visit: Centre for Instructional Support website.
The UBC Library, the third largest research library in Canada, is a system of 10 libraries on campus and three off-campus, each specializing in a particular group of subjects. Together the libraries house over 3.7 million books and journals, 4.7 million microforms, and more than 1.5 million other items such as maps, sound recordings, videos, manuscripts, and documents. The Library also serves as a depository for publications of the governments of British Columbia and Canada, and for the United Nations, and its collections of rare and unique books and archival materials support researchers from around the world.
In addition to these general collections, the Library maintains specific collections for science and engineering, nursing, and architecture. In each case, the collections are extensive, including information organized by journal databases, reference tools, electronic journals, conference papers, societies and associations, listservs and newsgroups, and web sites.
Knowledgeable library staff provide a variety of instructional classes to help students and faculty members improve their research and information technology skills, allowing you to make the most of available resources. Class topics range from the essentials of searching the UBC Library web-site to subject-specific research at advanced levels.
Engineering faculty and students also have access to four engineering reading rooms, which maintain subscriptions to a great variety of engineering journals and house valuable reference collections and reserve materials.
After the completion of four or more years of full-time service at UBC since appointment or previous study leave, a faculty member may be granted a study leave for the purpose of pursuing study or research of benefit to the member and the University. When on study leave, faculty members have access to university resources to support their work. Your may be eligible for study leave as follows:
- For twelve months, with 60% of salary for the period of study leave if it is taken before six years of full-time service since appointment or previous study leave, and with 80% of salary otherwise. (Subject to certain approvals, a 12-month leave may be divided into two six month parts, with the second part commencing no later than two years from the conclusion of the first part.)
- For eight months, with 75% of salary for the period of the study leave;
- For six months, with 60% of salary for the period of study leave if it is taken before six years of full-time service since appointment or previous study leave, and with 90% of salary otherwise.
See the Faculty Association web site for more information on study leave.
The University offers a professional development reimbursement in order to assist faculty members in meeting professional development expenses that relate to activities enhancing their performance, ability, or effectiveness in their work at the University. The 2004 annual entitlement is $500 for most faculty members. The unused balance may be accumulated for up to three academic years, and members are entitled to "borrow" against up to five years of future allocations. Some of the expenses that may be covered include travel, books, and home computer equipment used for professional activities. For the most up to date and complete information on Professional Development Reimbursement guidelines, visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty_relations/compensation/pdrfund.html
UBC offers competitive salaries and a competitive benefits program, which includes options for extended health, dental, life insurance, tuition credits, and a pension plan. Details of all benefits may be obtained through the Human Resources Department or your Head. General information is available at: http://www.facultyassoc.ubc.ca/benefits.php
Your starting salary will be established at the time of initial appointment and is set largely on the basis of the salary profile within your Department. (Unlike some universities, notably in the United States, salaries cover a full 12-month period, and there is no expectation to secure external funding to cover your salary for part of each year.)
Salary increases and other benefits are negotiated periodically by the Faculty Association. Increases may include up to four components:
- a general increase provided to all continuing members
- a Career Progress Increment, which is awarded to eligible members according to agreed guidelines on the basis of years in each rank — typically about $1,000 - $1,500 per year in the initial years in each rank
- a Merit Increase, for which criteria are the same as for promotion and tenure, based on a recommendation by the Head, in consultation with a department committee
- a Performance Salary Adjustment (PSA), which is a provision for redressing anomalies and inequities.
You are entitled to earn additional professional income in various ways, and subject to various guidelines. These include:
- income from consulting activity, generally limited to 52 days per year
- stipends associated with research contracts that you secure
- income through technology transfer activity associated with intellectual property, most often through licenses, royalties and the creation of spin-off companies
- income through additional contributions considered to be beyond your normal University load (e.g. participation in a continuing education course).
Health benefits available to faculty members include:
Medical Services Plan of British Columbia
The Medical Services Plan (MSP) is a publicly funded provincial program that pays for medical and health care services on behalf of the residents of British Columbia. This includes all medically required services of general practitioners and specialists; laboratory services and diagnostic procedures, including x-rays and ultrasound examinations; and dental and oral surgery when performed in hospital.
As of 2004, faculty members pay 100% of the MSP premiums, with monthly premiums deducted directly from your pay cheque. If you are new to BC, you will not be eligible for the Plan until you have resided in the Province for three months, with coverage starting on the first day of the fourth month following your arrival in BC.
First-time Residents to British Columbia
It is important to note that, as of 2004, private health insurance for the first three months should be purchased for those moving to British Columbia for the first time, who are not eligible for medical coverage through the MSP because of the three-month residency requirement, or who are not eligible for coverage from another province. Please confirm this with UBC Human Resources before purchasing temporary private health insurance.
For the most up to date and complete information on your MSP benefits through UBC, visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/benefits/employment_group/faculty/msp.html
For general information on the Medical Services Plan, visit: http://www.healthservices.gov.bc.ca/msp/
Extended health benefits
For 2004, the Extended Health Benefit Plan provides coverage of some items not covered by the provincial medical plan, such as ambulance fees, additional costs for out-of-country emergency medical care, prostheses, and prescription drugs. UBC pays 100% of the premium for this non-taxable benefit.
For the most up to date and complete information on your extended health benefits, visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/benefits/employment_group/faculty/extended_health.html
As of 2004, the Dental Plan covers 100% of the cost of basic dental care, 70% of the cost of major restoration procedures, and 65% of the cost of orthodontic care for dependent children to a maximum of $3,000 per dependent child or adult. UBC pays 100% of the premium for this plan.
For the most up to date and complete information on your dental plan, visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/benefits/employment_group/faculty/dental.html
The Faculty Pension Plan is a "money purchase" or defined contribution type of plan with contributions made by you and UBC. Member contributions are approximately five percent of salary and University contributions are twice that or approximately 10% of salary. Currently, members may choose from four investment funds (Balanced, Equity, Bond and Short Term Investment Funds).
Upon retirement or resignation from the University, the full value of the Plan account is available for your benefit. Depending on length of plan membership, various options are available including transfer to another pension plan or to an RRSP, purchase of a LIF or RRIF, purchase of an external life annuity, cash withdrawal, or purchase of a variable UBC annuity.
Participation in the UBC Pension Plan is mandatory for full-time faculty members.
Basic life insurance
This benefit provides insurance with value ranging from four times the faculty member's annual salary for those who 34 and under, to two times the annual salary for those who are 46 or older — but with an overall limit of $300,000. It is mandatory for those with full-time, tenure-track appointments of one year or more, and optional for other appointments meeting the eligibility requirements. UBC pays the premium for this benefit.
Optional life insurance
In addition to basic life insurance, optional life insurance is available for faculty members and their spouse/partner. A faculty member must be enrolled in Basic Group Life Insurance to be egilble.
Income replacement plan
The income replacement plan, which is mandatory on the first of the month following twelve (12) months employment, is intended to provide income to those unable to perform their own or a similar occupation due to illness or injury. Faculty members pay the premium for this benefit, which provides a percentage of monthly salary after a qualifying period of six months. A faculty member must meet the eligibility requirements for coverage.
For the initial six-month period, a faculty member may be on sick leave with full salary, with appropriate University approvals.
Accidental death and dismemberment insurance
Accidental death and dismemberment insurance is available to faculty members and/or their spouses/partners. A faculty member must be enrolled in the Basic Group Life plan and Optional Life Insurance Plan to be eligible. Further information on this benefit is available through UBC Human Resources.
Your pension plan also serves has a life insurance aspect, in that, if you should die prior to your retirement date, your designated beneficiary or beneficiaries will receive the total value of your Plan account. Benefits payable to individuals other than a spouse, dependent child or grandchild must be paid as a lump sum and are subject to taxation.
Employee and family assistance plan
This is a self-referred, confidential counseling advisory and information service for faculty and staff and their families. Enrollment is mandatory for all faculty members who meet the eligibility requirements. UBC and the employee each pay part of the premium, and the employee's cost is minimal — currently about $14 per year.
Faculty members are entitled to leave of absence upon the birth or adoption of a child, and both mothers and fathers may be eligible for certain types of benefits during the leave period. The federal government provides basic benefits, with supplemental benefits provided by UBC.
Tuition fee waivers for UBC credit courses only are available for Faculty Association members and dependent children of Faculty Association members. Members may register for up to 12 credits per year of graduate or undergraduate courses (some conditions apply). Dependent children of faculty members are eligible for tuition waivers for 120 credits (per child) of course work in an undergraduate degree program (some conditions apply).
Applications should be completed in advance for each term. Please note that tuition fee waivers are a taxable benefit and are not transferable to your spouse/partner.
Faculty members also are eligible for other services such as Group RRSP, Group Life Insurance, Property and Accident Insurance. More information is available from the Faculty Association.
Once you have accepted your appointment, you may face the challenge of relocating to Vancouver and the UBC community. UBC offers a variety of services to ease this transition, particularly with respect to moving expenses and housing. As well, once you settle here, there are a number of services relating to your living environment.
The University will cover moving costs up to a specified maximum based on distance; your Department may be able to cover any portion not covered centrally. Some of the costs covered include removal of household effects, and travel expenses for you and your immediate family members, either by economy air, or by automobile.
Many new faculty members find it convenient to rent and live close to the campus for the first few months of their appointment. Fortunately, you will discover a variety of accommodations on and near the campus, including apartments, townhouses, condominiums and houses.
The nearby community is home to many amenities including grocery stores, restaurants, professional services, schools, child care, parks and recreational facilities (ice rinks, pools, etc.).
The University has several on-campus apartment buildings which are available for short- to medium-term rentals (up to three years) at subsidized rental rates. For more information on short-term accommodation, visit UBC Housing and Conferences.
Faculty members interested in longer-term rental housing have access to new, upscale, rental townhouses on the campus. These units are available on an indefinite lease basis.
In addition to exploring on-campus housing, you may wish to consult some web-based resources to assist you in your search for rental or purchase of more permanent off-campus accommodation.
Faculty housing assistance plan
UBC's Faculty Housing Assistance Plan exists to aid faculty members in the purchase of their first principal residence in Greater Vancouver. The program enables those eligible to secure either a lump sum payment of $10,000 (taxable), or an interest-free loan of $25,000 (taxable, unless certain conditions apply), to assist with the expense of buying a home.
If appropriate, we will endeavour to provide you with advice or assist you with regard to securing employment for your spouse. Please contact your Head if this is an issue for you.
UBC Child Care Services provides exemplary child care through 12 centres designed for the children of students, faculty and staff at UBC. The 12 centres include one infant centre, one combined infant and toddler centre, three toddler centres (18-36 months), five centres for pre-school children (3-5 years) and two after-school care centres.
In total, the centres provide some 250 places, but due to the extraordinarily high quality of care, waiting lists tend to be long. We suggest you inquire early about available space.
The UBC campus is a short distance from several high quality public and private schools for both elementary and secondary school students. The public elementary schools include University Hill, Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth, and the public secondary schools include University Hill, Lord Byng and Kitsilano.
In general, the schools located within the Point Grey community surrounding the UBC campus are well respected for their academic, arts and athletic programs. A wide range of high quality public and private schools are also available across Greater Vancouver, including many suburb communities.
UBC Athletics and Recreation offers a number of opportunities for participation in athletic and recreational activities. Our state-of-the-art recreational facilities include two weight rooms, a hockey arena, indoor tennis courts, and a competition-size aquatic centre. The largest on-campus fitness facility, the UBC Bird Coop, is known nationally for its fun fitness alternatives, and its impressive mix of top of the line equipment, programs and services.
As well, there are a wide range of recreational opportunities off campus, associated for example with many community centres, and golf, fitness, tennis, sailing, hiking and other clubs.
Overall, the Faculty of Applied Science has a strong collegial environment, with faculty and staff interacting closely both professionally and socially. We expect you to find that UBC and Greater Vancouver will provide a stimulating, enjoyable environment in which to raise families, enjoy a high quality of life, while pursuing a successful professional career.
If you wish to obtain further information on any aspect of academic appointments at UBC, please feel free to contact your Head, your Department Administrator, or the Faculty of Applied Science Dean's Office.
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