Assistant Professors (Grant Tenure Track) | Division of Respiratory Medicine, Department of Medicine

  • Vancouver Coastal Health, Legacy for Airway Health, University of British Columbia
  • UBC, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Aug 21, 2020
Full time   Medicine & Dentistry

Job Description

The Division of Respiratory Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is excited to invite applications for two (2) full-time academic positions at the rank of an Assistant Professor (grant tenure track).  This is truly an exceptional opportunity to progress your academic career at a world class university – in research, teaching and academic publication - while continuing to work in a clinical capacity in a dynamic, cutting-edge environment.

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

The Division of Respiratory Medicine is an esteemed and highly-awarded group of faculty, primarily located at the major teaching hospitals affiliated with the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Recognition of our prominence and success is furthered with ongoing recognition of lung and heart being one of five priority areas in the Faculty of Medicine strategic directions. The UBC Respiratory Division has an international reputation for excellence in research, which spans the four (4) Canadian Institutes of Health Research Pillars, from state-of-the-art basic research through to population health.

These two (2) appointments will support the Legacy for Airway Health (LAH) initiative, a unique partnership between UBC and Vancouver Coastal Health. LAH is an exciting new program embedded within the existing strong and historic ecosystem for superlative respiratory translational research and clinical care. The two successful candidates will be part of a dynamic and focused effort to apply innovative and interdisciplinary research, with particular attention on translation and implementation science, in order to advance the mission of reducing the burden of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Of the two (2) position, one position will have an emphasis on prevention and public health and the other will have an emphasis on clinical care.


Prevention and Public Health

This position will emphasize prevention, with particular focus on a program that identifies novel methods to identify and remediate culprit inhaled exposures (especially emerging threats such as e-cigarettes, marijuana, and wildfires). Experience and competence in data analytics, genomics, precision health, systems/computational approaches to translate complex data into applicable real-world strategies are key assets for the position.

 Clinical Care

This position will emphasize clinical care, with particular focus on a program that addresses the gaps between known best practices and their suboptimal real-world application, with novel methods to overcoming the barriers therein.  Experience and competence in clinical trials as well as relevant behaviour change, policy implementation, and/or precision health approaches to leveraging existing data and strategies into applicable real-world care are key assets for the position.


Reporting to the Head, Division of Respiratory Medicine through to the Head of the UBC Department of Medicine, both of the successful candidates should have a track record for translational research, with strong capacity for team-oriented science that creates and transforms data into meaningful and actionable outputs that improve airways health.

The successful candidates will be expected to maintain focused clinical activity centred on airways disorders (asthma and/or COPD) that aligns clinical and research interests, and will be expected to build bridges clinically and in research across UBC and Vancouver General Hospital.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

The incumbents for these positions must hold an MD and be eligible for licensure as a physician respirologist in the Province of British Columbia. The successful candidates will have demonstrated evidence of ability in teaching and will be expected to participate in the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate teaching activities of the unit. The incumbents will also show demonstrated ability in scholarly activity and will be expected to provide service to the University and the broader academic and professional community.

Application Details

A letter of application outlining the applicant’s research and teaching interests, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier and three letters of reference addressing scholarly, professional and innovative work should be directed to:

 Dr. Chris Carlsten
Head, UBC Division of Respiratory Medicine
c/o Gagan Basi, Administrative Manager
UBC Division of Respiratory Medicine


Subject Line: Respiratory Medicine Assistant Professor Position –  Public Health Prevention or Clinical Care


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