Assistant Professor

The Division of AIDS, Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a full-time academic appointment as the holder of the Canopy Growth Professorship in Cannabis Science at the rank of Assistant Professor, Grant Tenure Track.

The Department of Medicine provides excellence in research, teaching and clinical services related to the nature, cause and prevention of adult diseases. As the largest Department in the Faculty of Medicine, comprised of 18 Divisions, and over 1,200 faculty and staff located throughout the Province of British Columbia, the Department of Medicine is committed to ensuring the success of learners and faculty, and to contributing to the health of the Province of British Columbia.

The successful candidate will be holder of the Canopy Growth Professorship in Cannabis Science within the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and lead a robust research and education program in cannabis science in the Division of AIDS at the Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia. The BCCSU is a provincially networked organization with a mandate to develop, help implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to substance use and addiction. As a University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine Centre, the BCCSU’s vision is to transform substance use policies and care in BC by translating research into education and evidence-based care guidance. By supporting the collaborative development of evidence-based policies, guidelines and standards, the BCCSU seeks to improve the integration of best practices and care across the continuum of substance use, thereby serving all British Columbians. The BCCSU seeks to achieve these goals through integrated activities of its three core functions: research and evaluation, education and training, and clinical care guidance. The successful candidate will be expected to lead an independent research program of international caliber, to participate in undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate teaching activities and to provide service within the Division and Department, at the University, and to both the academic and broader community.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (e.g. epidemiology) with at least 10 years of experience in longitudinal cohort studies, a strong background in HIV/AIDS epidemiological research and harm reduction, and established research experience in cannabis science in the Canadian setting and the impacts on the health and wellbeing of people living with substance use disorders. The incumbent will also have demonstrated evidence of ability in teaching, a proven record of strong scientific achievement (e.g. high level peer-reviewed research papers), a successful track record as a principle investigator with peer reviewed grants from CIHR and the U.S. National Institutes of Health, as well as strong communication and leadership skills.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A letter of application accompanied by a curriculum vitae; a teaching dossier; a statement of areas of interest, expertise and strengths; a letter describing research interests and plans; and three (3) letters of reference (one of which is not a co-author) addressing scholarly, professional and creative work, teaching and administration should be directed to:

Dr. Lindsay Farrell


Subject Line: Canopy Growth Professorship in Cannabis Science

Review of applications will begin November 16, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is January 1, 2019, or upon a date to be mutually agreed.

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world and 3rd largest university in Canada with an economic impact of 12.5 billion to the provincial economy. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world. As one of the world's leading universities, The University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.  

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.