Professor (Tenure) | Donald Rix British Columbia Leadership Chair in Genetic Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) invite applications for a successful candidate eligible to be nominated for the approved Donald Rix British Columbia Leadership Chair in Genetic Medicine, and appointed a faculty position at the rank of Professor with tenure.

The CMMT is a senate-approved Research Centre of UBC with a scientific mandate to ascertain cellular and protein function relevant to human disease as the key to improved diagnosis, treatment and prevention of health problems in children and adults. Investigators at the CMMT are working to advance understanding of the roles of environment and genetics in human health and disease, and to develop new treatments and therapies. Based at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR) on the BC Children’s Hospital campus, CMMT is home to a world-leading multidisciplinary research team working on fundamental, clinical, and translational research into the mechanisms underlying genetic and epigenetic causes of disease, with expertise spanning genetics, neuroscience, metabolism, biochemistry, cell biology, and bioinformatics. BCCHR is a large, hospital-based research institute where over 300 investigators form a dynamic and highly collaborative research community, with particular strengths in understanding the causes of childhood disorders and translating discoveries into therapies for the treatment of childhood disease. Together, CMMT and BCCHR have enjoyed a close partnership for over two decades, and together provide extensive support for research, infrastructure, core facilities, administrative support, research development and education programs that will help ensure the success of the Chair. CMMT and BCCHR are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and core facilities utilized by researchers throughout the UBC community. The successful candidate will be supported with appropriate space in the CMMT, as well as a highly competitive start-up award.

This prestigious appointment, supported by the Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF), will provide a unique opportunity for an internationally recognized individual to perform research in an outstanding and inclusive environment to enhance the province of BC as a leader in genetic medicine. The successful applicant will conduct innovative research that will generate new knowledge relevant to genetic contributions to illness or molecular determinants and mechanisms of disease, and/or development of novel therapeutic approaches and technologies to improve diagnosis and treatments for disease. The successful candidate will have an outstanding track record of excellence and leadership in research related to understanding genetic and epigenetic causes of diseases and their treatment. Areas of research interest of the successful candidate could include, but are not limited to, (i) genetic causes of disease, particularly in childhood, including genome sequencing, single cell transcriptomics, and model organisms; (ii) bioinformatics and computational biology approaches to understanding gene and protein function in health and disease; and (iii) translation of discovery to molecular and/or cell therapies for improving the lives of children and adults living with disease.

The successful candidate will hold an MD and/or PhD, or equivalent, and will qualify for a full-time appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Clinician scientists are welcome and encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be an internationally recognized leader and have attained distinction within their discipline, with a sustained and productive program of scholarly activity. The incumbent must show evidence of excellence in teaching and will be expected to participate in the teaching activities of the Department, as well as provide mentorship and training to undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate learners. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and interact with empathy, understanding and, respect of diverse and divergent perspectives and behaviours. The successful candidate will foster engagement and inclusivity across the Centre and its stakeholders and promote a culture of respect, integrity, compassion, collaboration and equity. Applicants will also be expected to contribute and provide service to the University and the broader academic and professional community. An appropriate academic Department in the UBC Faculty of
Medicine will be identified at the time a successful candidate is selected contingent upon the candidate’s area of expertise.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A letter of application outlining the applicant’s research and teaching interests, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of four arm’s length references should be directed to:

Evelyn Lomba, Director, Finance and Administration
Subject Line: BC Leadership Chair in Genetic Medicine

Review of applications will begin on April 1 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1 2021 or upon a date to be mutually agreed.

In assessing applications, UBC recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., parental leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

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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.

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