Recruitment

Faculty Positions

Assistant Professor Position in Geospatial Science

05 August 2017

The Department of Geography at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver campus invites applications for a tenure‐track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Geospatial Science.

We seek an individual with demonstrated research excellence at the intersection of GIScience and the environmental sciences, with the capacity to make significant contributions to the department’s teaching programs in Geographical Sciences and Environment & Sustainability. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a world-class program of research, publishing, graduate and undergraduate teaching, and to participate fully in graduate and postdoctoral supervision, departmental service, events and initiatives. The Department places a premium on innovative research, and the ability to contribute to collaborative and interdisciplinary initiatives in GIScience, spatial data visualization, and the geospatial sciences, bridging fields within the department and across campus. For more information about our department, go to: http://www.geog.ubc.ca/.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or provide solid indication of imminent completion) in the geographical, environmental or related sciences. Post‐doctoral experience would be an asset.

Applicants must apply through the UBC faculty careers website, http://www.hr.ubc.ca/jobs/faculty.php?job_id=27303 (Job ID: 27303), and be prepared to upload (in the following order): a cover letter or letter of application; a curriculum vitae that lists the names and contact information for at least three potential referees from whom confidential letters of assessment can be obtained; a statement of current and future research interests that highlights the innovative aspects of their work at the intersection of GIScience and the environmental sciences; a statement identifying their contributions, or potential contributions, to diversity, along with their ability to work with a culturally international student body; a publication sample; and a statement of teaching interests along with summary evidence of teaching effectiveness. The closing date for applications is September 18, 2017. Only complete applications will be considered by the search committee. Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Jamie Peck, jami...@ubc.ca.

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2018. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

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, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

 

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2): GIS, Geospatial Big Data and Digital Geohumanities

24 July 2017

The Department of Geography at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver campus, invites applications for the position of Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) with a specialization in Geospatial Big Data and Digital Geohumanities, to enhance existing departmental strengths in human geography. This position is expected to be a full-time, tenure-stream appointment made at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. degree and will be an emerging scholar who is active in their field of research and whose profile and research proposal both meets CRC program criteria and demonstrates an excellent fit with institutional strategic goals and the aims of the position. The Chair will be expected to maintain an outstanding program of research, to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, to supervise undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, and to contribute to service at the departmental level and beyond.

We seek a scholar specializing in the interactions between a) methodological innovations in Big Data, visual methodologies, or the cybernetic posthuman assemblages of the ‘Internet of Things,’ and b) social, legal, or institutional aspects of changing politics of knowledge production enabled by new geovisualization technologies deployed by corporations, governments, and social movements. The ideal candidate will have an established and innovative program of research that advances geographical and interdisciplinary perspectives and contributes to UBC’s strategic priorities and new initiatives in other units and programs such as First Nations and Indigenous Studies, the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, Sociology, the Bachelor of Media Studies, and the Science and Technology Studies Program.

The candidate must demonstrate teaching excellence in one or more of the following areas: digital humanities methods; GIS and society; spatial statistics; API programming techniques and social media analytics; data mining methods and Big Data; and cartography and geospatial data visualization.

The Canada Research Chairs Program supports outstanding researchers in areas that will further UBC’s strategic research plan. The successful candidate should remain eligible to hold a Tier 2 CRC following approximately 12-18 months from their proposed UBC appointment start date. All Chair nominations are subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat.

To meet the criteria of the CRC program, Tier 2 nominees must: be excellent emerging world-class researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity; have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition in their fields in the next five to ten years; as chairholders, have the potential to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers; and be proposing an original, innovative research program of high quality.

Tier 2 chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars. Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria: www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca and http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/nomination-mise_en_candidature-eng.aspx.

The CRC in Geospatial Big Data will join the Faculty of Arts, home to over twenty Canada Research Chairs across a wide range of humanities and social science units. UBC Arts is a Faculty of distinction and excellence in both teaching and research, and UBC Geography has been ranked in the top 5 Geography Departments worldwide. For more information about the Faculty of Arts, visit www.arts.ubc.ca and for information about the Department of Geography, visit http://www.geog.ubc.ca.

Applications are to be submitted through the UBC Faculty careers website http://www.hr.ubc.ca/jobs/faculty.php?job_id=27150 (Job ID: 27150). Applicants should be prepared to upload (in the following order): a curriculum vitae, a sample of their publications, evidence of teaching ability and effectiveness, a description of current and proposed research, a statement identifying their contributions, or potential contributions, to diversity, along with their ability to work with a culturally diverse student body, and contact information for at least four potential referees from whom confidential letters of assessment can be obtained.

Inquiries about the position may be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Ian McKendry, ian....@geog.ubc.ca. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2018. The closing date for applications is September 18, 2017. Only complete applications will be considered by the committee.

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, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

 

Sessional Lecturer Positions

There are no postings at this time.

Postdoctoral Positions

Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Department of Geography, University of British Columbia

09 August 2017

The UBC Geography Department welcomes applications for the Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, 2018-19. The Geography Postdoctoral Committee can nominate one candidate this year to enter the university-wide competition.

Once the Geography Department selects a nominee, an adjudication committee at the Faculty of Graduate Studies reviews the selected nominee files, over 40 each year, before making final decisions. The search is for candidates whose work is “beyond excellent and whose research is convincingly innovative and ground-breaking”. Postdoctoral applicants are selected based on “academic achievement, personal qualities, and demonstrated aptitudes”. Consideration is also given to the applicants proposed program of study.

The fellowships are awarded for a maximum of two years, subject to review at the end of the first year, and include a stipend of CAD $50,000 per annum and a travel and research allowance. The number of awards available across campus varies between three and five per year.

To apply, you must have the support of a faculty member supervisor within the UBC Geography Department. However, there is no need to submit a letter of support from the supervisor until the Geography Postdoctoral Committee requests it.

For information about eligibility, application forms and detailed instructions, see:

https://www.postdocs.ubc.ca/award/killam-postdoctoral-research-fellowship

All necessary application materials must be received at the UBC Geography Department by WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017 at NOON PST.

NOTE: applications being sent from the U. S. and overseas, even by priority services, can take substantially longer than quoted estimated arrival dates. Please allow ample time for all your materials to arrive by the Department deadline, as the Committee will start to review materials shortly afterwards.

Applications and supporting materials should be addressed to:

PD Committee, Killam Competition
c/o Connie Cheung
#217-1984 West Mall
Vancouver, B.C.
V6T 1Z2
Canada

For further information, please contact Connie Cheung, Recruit and Appointment Co-ordinator, at conn...@geog.ubc.ca.

 

Staff Positions

There are no postings at this time.

 

Teaching Assistant Positions

The Department of Geography is accepting applications for 2017W(1,2) TA positions. To view a list of the available positions and the application form, click here(.pdf)  or click here(.doc) (first-time TA applicant to our Department) and for return TAs, click here(.pdf)  or click here(.doc) (returning Geography TA).  For information on Vantage TA positions in Geography, click here.

To apply, email a copy of your resume and the completed application form to geog...@ubc.ca by April 30th.  Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Hiring decisions are made in accordance with UBC’s hiring practices (http://www.hr.ubc.ca/) and the collective agreement made between UBC and CUPE 2278 (http://www.hr.ubc.ca/wp-content/uploads/CUPE-2278-2014-2019-NI.pdf).

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. The positions listed in the links noted above are subject to budgetary approval, conditional upon satisfactory enrollment. Scheduled days of the week, times and assigned rooms are also subject to change.

Work Study/Work Learn Program

Geography students can gain practical experience in their field as Research Assistants, Lab Assistants and Library Assistants through a variety of Work Study Positions.There are a few Work Study/Work Learn positions available in our Department currently.Guidelines:

  • For Work Study, undergrads have to be enrolled in at least 9 credits per term; graduate students have to be paying full-time fees
  • For Work Learn, international undergraduate students have to be enrolled in full-time, degree-seeking studies; international graduate students not eligible.

For more information, go to www.students.ubc.ca/careers.