The University of British Columbia Okanagan

Cell Biology –Assistant Professor (tenure-track)

The University of British Columbia Okanagan

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

Cell Biology –Assistant Professor (tenure-track) Job ID: 36215

The Department of Biology ( in the Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences (IKBSAS) at the Okanagan Campus of the University of British Columbia invites applications for a faculty position in Cell Biology. This is a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor and is expected to start on July 1, 2020.

Qualified candidates working in eukaryotic cell biology research (broadly defined) are encouraged to apply. We seek individuals who apply multi-faceted research approaches from the cellular to organismal scale, including investigations of interactions with the environment. Techniques used may include (but are not limited to): molecular biology; biochemistry; electrophysiology; advanced microscopy, and genomics, proteomics, or phenomics. The candidate’s proposed research should complement the campus’s existing strengths in human health, animal physiology, or sustainable agriculture, including: metabolism; toxicology; inflammation; neurobiology; comparative physiology; microbiome biology; plant-microbe interactions; and specialized plant metabolism.

A doctoral degree and postdoctoral experience in biology or a related field are required. All candidates must demonstrate a record of achievement or potential in academic research, teaching, and service, and must meet university criteria for appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an independent, innovative, externally funded research program. The appointee is expected to contribute to the development and delivery of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and to undertake service responsibilities at the departmental, faculty, university, and professional levels, as appropriate.

The Department is housed in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. The Faculty is undergoing a transition that will result in the formation of an autonomous Faculty of Science and an autonomous Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in 2020. The new Faculties will contain both discipline-based and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our collegial learning environment 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:

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 10,000 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. For more information about UBC resources and opportunities, please visit Information about the surrounding community can be found at:

How to Apply:
Applications are submitted online in one continuous PDF file at (Job Opening ID: 36215). For those external to UBC, ad should be accessed on Internet Explorer at:

Application should include:

(i) a cover letter outlining qualification for the position and fit with the Biology Department and the IKBSAS;
(ii) a curriculum vitae;
(iii) 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 mentoring students and other highly-qualified personnel.
(v) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching/course evaluations).
(vi) the names and contact information of three referees who have agreed to submit letters of reference, if requested.

Inquires may be directed to Ms. Barb Lucente (Biology Department Assistant) at: All email correspondence must indicate the competition title (Cell Biology – Assistant Professor) in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2020. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.