Asst Professor (tenure-track)

Updated: 9 months ago
Location: Kelowna East, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Deadline: 13 Oct 2017

The Department of Chemistry (  in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Green Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment is expected to start on July 1, 2018, or soon thereafter.

A doctoral degree and post-doctoral or equivalent experience in synthetic chemistry is required. Qualified candidates with research interests in catalysts relevant to green synthesis of molecules or polymers (including earth-abundant transition metals, biocatalysts, photoredox catalysts, and/or organocatalysis) are particularly encouraged to apply. While the appointment will be held in the Department of Chemistry, there will be opportunities for intra- and inter-Faculty research collaborations. The successful candidate will, thus, be an excellent interdisciplinary scholar who has demonstrated strong research productivity and will be expected to establish an independent, rigorous, innovative, high-impact, externally-funded research program in an area of catalytic green chemistry that complements existing strengths within the Department and in other disciplines in the Faculty and across campus.

The appointee will have demonstrated experience as, or capacity to be, an excellent teacher and mentor of undergraduate and graduate students, and will be expected to teach core courses in Green Chemistry, including "Green Organic Chemistry," and/or "Green Inorganic Chemistry." The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to curriculum development in the department by designing new courses in own area of expertise; will be expected to contribute the Green Chemistry concentration in the cross-Faculty Bachelor of Sustainability degree program, which is currently in preparation; and will undertake service responsibilities at the Departmental, Faculty, University, and professional levels, as appropriate.

UBC is one of the world's leading universities, and is consistently ranked in the top 40 worldwide.  The university has two distinct campuses, one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna.  UBC's Okanagan campus, located in the city of Kelowna, has strong undergraduate and graduate programs, with over 8,000 students in seven faculties.  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.

The Chemistry Department, at UBC's Okanagan campus, is housed in the vibrant Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. The Faculty offers both discipline-based and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The collegial learning environment in the Faculty 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: For more information about UBC resources and opportunities, please, visit: Information about the surrounding community can be found at:

Applicants are asked to submit:
(i) a cover letter, addressed to Dr. Gino DiLabio (Head, Department of Chemistry), outlining qualification for the position and fit with the department and the IKBSAS;
(ii) a curriculum vitae;
(iii) a one-page statement of research interests and a five-page (maximum) 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 two-page (maximum) statement on teaching philosophy, interests, and plans for research mentoring of students and other highly qualified personnel;
(v) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching/course evaluations); and
vi) the names and contact information of three referees who may be contacted to submit letters of reference.

Inquires may be directed to Dr. Gino DiLabio (Head of Chemistry) at: All email correspondence must indicate the competition title (Assistant Professor: Green Chemistry) in the subject line.

Deadline for applications is October 13, 2017. However, candidates who want to be considered for the Canada 150 Research Chairs program (see: should contact Dr. DiLabio as soon as possible, and must submit the relevant documentation by July 25, 2017. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval.

In support of our commitment to equity and diversity, all candidates will be invited to participate in an online Equity Survey as part of the appointment process.

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