Associate Professor (Tenure)| Department of Pediatrics

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Associate Professor (Tenure)| Department of Pediatrics

The Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics at The University of British Columbia (UBC), located at BC Children’s Hospital, invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor (tenure) to join their well-established program as a research leader.

This position is located within a health-care facility. Therefore, this position requires successful verification of full vaccination against Covid-19 provided prior to the start date, as required by the provincial health mandate.

The Department of Pediatrics of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Children’s Hospital, and Sunny Hill Health Centre is one of the largest Pediatric Departments in Canada. Our collaborative team of physicians, scientists, allied health professionals and administrative staff are dedicated to providing leadership and excellence in: Patient Care, Education, Research and Child Health Advocacy. The Department of Pediatrics strives to be a cohesive academic and professional body committed to the advancement of child health through the delivery of exemplary care, teaching and research. We recognize that the enhancement of our Department requires active collaboration and integration with the UBC Faculty of Medicine, associated hospitals, research organizations, and our various stakeholders. We are equally motivated to actively engage with our provincial and national partners, as well as to connect with the international community to achieve collective goals.

The Division of General Pediatrics is one of the largest Divisions, with 26 faculty members. The Division covers different areas, including inpatient wards, complex care, Child Protection Unit and Social Pediatrics. The Division is involved with various research projects including social pediatrics, asthma, urinary tract infection (UTI) and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). The Division is also involved in various quality improvement projects.

The BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR) is a partnership of UBC and the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) whose programs include BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. The BCCHR is dedicated to high quality research spanning a wide range of concerns relevant to children’s and family health.

Reporting to the Head of the UBC Department of Pediatrics, the incumbent will be a Clinician Scientist and will be expected to establish an active independent program in pediatric medicine and to forge productive collaborations with other members of the division and the BCCHR. We are seeking a mid-level clinician-scientist with an established research program who can complement the current areas of focus and research methodologies (e.g. clinical trials), and/or develop a new focus for research (e.g. global health). This position will contribute to the culture of research, through collaborative research, will help to train the next generation of academic pediatricians and build the future pediatric scientist workforce by translating research findings to benefit the children of BC and around the world, and by enhancing collaboration across Canada. The incumbent’s time will be well-protected to allow for the establishment of a vibrant research program.  The appointee will be expected to mentor junior faculty in research, 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 hold an MD or MD/PhD or equivalent research experience, be qualified to practice as a General Pediatrician consultant, and be eligible to obtain a specialist’s license to practice in British Columbia. As an Associate Professor, the successful candidate will have demonstrated evidence of successful teaching and ability to direct graduate students, evidence of sustained and productive scholarly activity, and must be willing to participate in the affairs of the Department and the University. In addition, the successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and interact with empathy, understanding and, respect of diverse and divergent perspectives and behaviours.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. An application package should include a letter of application outlining the applicant’s research and teaching interests, teaching dossier, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of four references.  Please also provide a brief statement (1-2) pages of the applicant’s current and planned contributions to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in academic, professional, or community contexts. Applications should be submitted to:

Dr. Mumtaz Virji
Head, Division of General Pediatrics
BC Children’s Hospital
University of British Columbia
c/o: Ainsley Byers, Admin Assistant
Subject Line: General Pediatrics Faculty Position
Email: [email protected]

Should you have any queries around this position, please contact Dr. Mumtaz Virji (as above).

Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is January 1, 2024 or upon a date to be mutually agreed.

At UBC, we believe that attracting and sustaining a diverse workforce is key to the successful pursuit of excellence in research, innovation, and learning for all faculty, staff and students, and is essential to fostering an outstanding work environment. Our commitment to employment equity helps achieve inclusion and fairness, brings rich diversity to UBC as a workplace, and creates the necessary conditions for a rewarding career.

The University is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable work environment for all members of its workforce. An inclusive work environment presumes an environment where differences are accepted, recognized, and integrated into current structures, planning, and decision‐making modes. Within this hiring process we will make efforts to create an inclusive and equitable process for all candidates (including but not limited to people with disabilities). Confidential accommodations are available on request for applicants who are short‐listed. Please contact Harjit Gill, Senior Human Resources Manager via email at [email protected].

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