The Vancouver Campus of The University of British Columbia (UBC) is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam).
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE), within the Faculty of Applied Science (APSC) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver campus, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. Appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure may be considered for an exceptional case. This position is part of UBC’s President’s Academic Excellence Initiative (PAEI), and the hire is expected to contribute to a new research cluster within APSC focused on generating impactful knowledge in areas related to the cluster theme: Revolution in the Cycle – Transforming the Product Lifecycle for Global Good. We welcome applicants from all fields related to chemical and biological engineering, including those who would engage with existing fields of strength in our department, and those who would inspire new areas of growth. The anticipated start date of the position is 1 May 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.
Founded in 1916, CHBE at UBC is ranked among the top 25 Chemical Engineering Departments within public universities throughout the world due to its outstanding graduates, as well as the excellence of its research and training. Our mission comprises three key responsibilities: providing undergraduate and graduate engineers with excellent technical and leadership skills, integrity, and social responsibility through education; creating internationally recognized, industrially implemented technological advances, including fully sustainable solutions to address global challenges in health, energy, and the environment through field-defining research; and promoting an inclusive, safe, collaborative, and respectful community. This mission is guided by our values of collegiality, excellence, innovation, and integrity.
For this recruitment, the Department seeks candidates with research expertise in the engineering, analysis and modeling of complex bio/chemical systems across multiple scales to facilitate sustainable zero-net-carbon manufacturing of bioproducts and biologics, chemicals, polymers, and/or fuels, power systems and energy. These systems are often highly interconnected, dynamic and multidimensional, and advanced tools are required to realize their sustainable design, fundamental understanding, and optimization. Research approaches employed by the successful candidate may include applications of big data analytics and other supercomputing methods to develop fundamental multiscale models based in part on conservation principles for process–product design, synthesis and integration using new machine learning technologies; development of data-driven algorithms and AI-powered decision-making tools to enable optimization of highly complex bio/chemical systems; and/or experimental and ultra-scale-down frameworks that facilitate viable testing of putative sustainable technologies (energy usage, life-cycle effects, costs and processing times, etc.).
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (conferred by the date of appointment) in Chemical Engineering or in a closely related discipline and must either be registered, or be eligible to register with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia. Registration is required within five years of appointment. Demonstration of clear potential to establish a high-impact research program, as well as to effectively teach and train future generations of Chemical and Biological Engineers, is an expectation of the successful candidate. Applicants should therefore have demonstrated evidence or possess clear potential to excel in research and teaching of advanced design, optimization and operation of complex systems/processes with the target of reducing energy consumption while eliminating material waste, fossil-carbon use and carbon emission.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent, internationally recognized research program, and seek funding, both as an individual and in collaboration with others, from Government and industrial sources. The position will involve teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the supervision of graduate students at the Masters and Doctoral levels and the provision of service to the University and the broader community. The successful candidate must embrace productive relationships across cultural differences and develop an equitable, diverse and inclusive learning and research approach that promotes a respectful environment for all students, staff and faculty.
a cover letter stating one’s suitability for the position
A 100-word summary, suitable for a non-specialist audience, outlining the nature and purpose of your research and how it will contribute to the goals of the PAEI cluster theme
a curriculum vitae
a statement (1-2 pages) of one’s teaching approach, interests and accomplishments
a five-year research program plan
a statement of how one’s research and teaching will contribute to an equitable, diverse and inclusive academic environment (max. 1 page)
the names and addresses (e-mail address included) of four qualified
Details of Statement on Teaching Approach: Describe your teaching experience at any and all scales, and explain your teaching philosophy, including specific examples that have informed the evolution of that teaching philosophy.
Details of Five-Year Research Program Plan: Provide information about your research experience and expertise, and about your research plan as a new faculty member, including current and potential collaborators (at UBC and elsewhere) and sources of funding, as appropriate.
Details on Statement of Contributions to an Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive Academic Environment: We welcome colleagues with the experiences and competencies that can contribute to our principles of inclusion, equity, and diversity throughout campus life. Please provide 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.
The initial closing date for applications is 1 January 2023, but applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.
Our department welcomes and encourages applications from peoples with disabilities and/or any other special needs. Accommodations are available upon request for all applicants at all stages of the selection process. To confidentially request accommodations, please contact Marlene Chow (Marlene.Chow@ubc.ca).
The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit, assessed in areas of scholarly activity, teaching and service, and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. 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.
Tenure-Track Faculty Position Chemical Engineering
Hours per Week
McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, located on the main university campus. Exceptional candidates at the ranks of Associate Professor or Professor may also be considered. Candidates with expertise in the areas of process systems engineering, polymer engineering, and water/energy are encouraged to apply. The position is available from July 1, 2023.
Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or a closely related engineering discipline, or a related engineering discipline, by the time of the appointment. Registration as a Professional Engineer of Ontario or eligibility to acquire registration in Canada is an essential qualification.
The successful candidate will teach both undergraduate- and graduate-level courses. Applicants must demonstrate a willingness and ability to contribute to the Department’s collegial and collaborative intellectual community as well as University-wide inclusive excellence goals and priorities. Consistent with McMaster’s position as a research-intensive university, the successful applicant will be expected to develop a dynamic externally funded research program, supervise graduate students, and foster existing or new collaborations with other Departments and Faculties. After the successful candidate starts their position at McMaster University, research excellence will be reflected in successful mentoring of graduate students, extramural grant acquisition and publication in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.
Founded in 1887, McMaster University is one of only four Canadian universities ranked among the top 80 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2022 and is home to more than 70 research centres and institutes. Named Canada’s most research-intensive university in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 by Research Infosource, McMaster is dedicated to teaching, learning and service. With a student population of more than 36,000, McMaster welcomes students from 120 countries as well as Canada.
McMaster Engineering has a reputation for innovative programs, cutting-edge research, leading faculty, and aspiring students. With 200 faculty members, about 7,500 undergraduate and 1,250 graduate students, we are a world-class centre for academic excellence and innovation.
The Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University has an outstanding reputation in research and teaching and is one of the top schools for Chemical Engineering in Canada.
In addition to competitive salaries, McMaster University provides one of the best benefits packages amongst Canadian universities, which includes supplementary medical and dental coverage, a defined benefits pension plan, external tuition benefit, long-term disability insurance and family-friendly supports such as a childcare allowance, and funded pregnancy/parental leaves. University policies include provisions for such leaves in the tenure process and in annual merit evaluations. The Faculty of Engineering has additional supports in place, such as funding from the Engineering Life Event Fund, to help maintain continuity in scholarship during pregnancy/parental, medical, or family-related leaves.
Discover more of what McMaster Engineering and the Hamilton area have to offer academic professionals and their families by reviewing our Information Guide highlighting our research excellence, family-friendly resources and rich local culture. Opportunities for continuous personal and professional growth are also made available through our Faculty’s Fireball Academy and the MacPherson Institute.
Commitment to Inclusive Excellence
The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengths our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration, and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.
The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.
We invite all applicants to complete a brief Diversity Survey as part of the application process. It takes approximately two minutes to complete. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process. Inquiries about the Diversity Survey may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Office of the Dean of Engineering at 905-525-9140 ext. 24900 to communicate accommodation needs.
letter of application demonstrating how you meet the selection criteria outlined above and describing, if applicable, the impact that career interruptions may have had on research productivity (1-2 pages)
research statement that articulates your vision and goals for your research program. Also include a selection of research publications (no more than four examples)
statement on teaching interests and philosophy (including evidence of teaching effectiveness)
statement on contributions made to inclusive excellence in teaching, research, or service in academic, professional or community contexts, including a description of how you will advance the University’s commitment to building an inclusive community and to fostering a culture which embraces and promotes the rich diversity of the campus community (2 pages)
the names and contact information of at least three referees, including postal and email addresses. Referees should not be in a conflict of interest and at least one should be recognized as an international authority in your field and not residing in the country in which you are currently working. In cases where the applicant is a Canadian Indigenous researcher (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) based in Canada, the name and contact information of an international referee is not required.
McMaster University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions and personal circumstances (e.g., pregnancy, early childcare, eldercare, illness, etc.) can have on an applicant’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their applications the impact that career interruptions or other issues may have had.
The review of applications will begin on December 15, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. The effective date of appointment is negotiable, but July 1, 2023 is preferred. All applicants will receive an online confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews. Applicants with questions regarding this recruitment should contact Kristina Trollip, email@example.com
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University gathers information about applicants’ status as either a permanent resident of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements:
Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
Employment Equity Statement
McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement.
The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.
The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.
As part of McMaster’s commitment, all applicants are invited to complete a confidential Applicant Diversity Survey through the online application submission process. The Survey questionnaire requests voluntary self-identification in relation to equity-seeking groups that have historically faced and continue to face barriers in employment. Please refer to the Applicant Diversity Survey – Statement of Collection for additional information.
Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact:
The University is committed to providing and maintaining healthy and safe working and learning environments for all employees, students, volunteers and visitors. The University’s Vaccination Policy-COVID-19 Requirements for Employees and Students (the “Vaccination Policy”), requires all McMaster community members, including employees, accessing a McMaster campus or facility in person to be fully vaccinated or to have received an exemption from the University for a valid human rights ground. While the Policy will be currently paused, this Policy may resume quickly and on short notice, as informed by public health advice and direction. As a result, failure to achieve and maintain fully vaccinated status or an approved human rights-based exemption may result in termination of employment. This is a term and condition of employment. The University will continue to follow the guidance of public health organizations to define fully vaccinated status.