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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position Chemical Biology
University of British Columbia

Date Posted Dec. 3, 2019
Title Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position Chemical Biology
University University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Department Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date July 1, 2020
  • Assistant Professor
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    Medicinal Chemistry
    Biopharmaceutical Sciences
    Biomedical Sciences
    Pharmacy - General

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position
Chemical Biology

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is one of the world’s top public universities. The UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is undergoing major expansion and investment to meet our ambitious goal of being one of the leading academic centres internationally in the pharmaceutical sciences. As part of this on-going strategic development program, research activity in the Faculty is focusing on themes that reflect areas of existing strength (i.e. nanomedicines and chemical biology), opportunities for new partnerships, and the potential for delivering long-term impact. A major emphasis is on the application of state-of-the-art concepts and methodologies to address clinically important issues in pharmacotherapy. In support of this, the Faculty will be recruiting up to ten new research faculty within the next 2-3 years.

We now invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of Chemical Biology. Applicants for this position should possess a PhD (or equivalent doctoral degree) and at least two years of relevant postdoctoral research experience. Demonstrated research accomplishments; an outstanding publication record; potential for excellence in teaching; well-developed mentoring and communication skills; and a strong commitment to undergraduate, professional, graduate, and post-doctoral education are essential. The applicant should have the potential to lead a cutting-edge, extramurally funded research program in the field of Chemical Biology. Priority will be given to candidates whose research program is closely related to drug discovery and development with an ultimate goal to enhance current drug therapies and/or develop novel drug therapies for human diseases. Other responsibilities will include teaching medicinal chemistry, drawing on fundamental concepts in organic and biochemistry; drug discovery and development; drug mechanism of action; drug-target interactions; or related topics in our PharmD, MSc/PhD, and other programs under development.
The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is located in a state-of-the-art $150-million, 23,000-square-metre facility on UBC’s Vancouver campus underpinned by world-class infrastructure and equipment. The building also houses one of the Faculty’s key partners, adMare BioInnovations ( As part of a vibrant UBC academic health sciences community, the successful applicant will have ample opportunities for collaborations with basic and clinical researchers in the Faculty, other research units on campus, including the NanoMedicines Innovation Network (NMIN) (, and at the various research centres and teaching hospitals located throughout the province.

Salary is negotiable, commensurate with experience and subject to final budgetary approval. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020 or earlier. Interested individuals are requested to submit a letter of application with a brief description of research interests, curriculum vitae, copies of up to five relevant publications, statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information of five referees to the UBC Careers website at:

In your application, please include a brief statement describing your experience of, and your contributions to, creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion in your workplace or within your discipline.
UBC is committed to attracting outstanding faculty members and offers competitive compensation and benefits packages, including support for housing and relocation ( The University is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable work environment for all members of its workforce, and particular for its employees with disabilities. An inclusive work environment for employees with disabilities presumes an environment where differences are accepted, recognized and integrated into current structures, planning and decision-making modes. For information regarding UBC’s accommodation and access policies and resources, please visit the Centre for Accessibility website at:….

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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