University of British Columbia, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Urban Systems and Sustainable Infrastructure Planning

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 Tier II Canada Research Chair in Urban Systems and Sustainable Infrastructure Planning

The School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is seeking an outstanding academic at the Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor level for a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Urban Systems and Sustainable Infrastructure Planning.   The successful candidate should demonstrate excellence in applied research in complex adaptive urban systems, infrastructure and smart city planning, and approaches to coping with climate change in urban areas.  Interest or research experience in the rapidly urbanizing countries in Asia would be especially welcome.  Demonstrated capacity for bridging the fields of engineering, applied social sciences, and the environmental/ecological sciences is sought.  The ideal candidate should also be able to address such planning issues as local governance, the regulation of public infrastructure, community engagement and public policy.  

Applicants must have a PhD in planning or related discipline in addition to several years of research and teaching experience, and a substantial track record of relevant research publications.  An undergraduate and/or graduate degree in engineering or one of the sciences is required in order to be eligible for eventual Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) funding.    SCARP ( ) is a fully accredited (Canada and USA) graduate planning program within the Faculty of Applied Science. The School’s explicit pedagogical mission is to advance the transition to sustainability through excellence in integrated policy and planning research, professional education, and community service. Sustainability is understood broadly to encompass social, economic, cultural and environmental dimensions, and the School’s teaching and research orientation places emphasis on the development of participatory, community-oriented planning methods.  The successful candidate will be expected to play a major role in the new professional SCARP Master’s program.   In addition, the candidate can also expect to teach in the proposed Masters of Engineering in Urban Systems program to be offered in the Faculty of Applied Science. 

A Tier II CRC is expected to: 

* be an excellent emerging world-class researcher who has demonstrated particular research creativity;

* have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition in the next five to ten years; 

* propose an original, innovative research program of high quality; and 

* have the potential to attract excellent trainees, students and future researchers.  

Applications must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a short summary of the applicant’s research plans and the names, rank and addresses of three references.  Applications should be submitted online at The closing date for applications is November 7, 2014.   The anticipated start date is July 1, 2015.

The Canadian Research Chairs Program ( was established by the Canadian Federal Government to attract outstanding researchers to the Canadian university system.  The Tier II Chair is for emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as have the potential to lead in their field.  The Tier II Chairs are tenable for five years and are renewable for a further five years upon review by national and international peers.  To be eligible, candidates must have a completed a doctoral degree within the last 10 years.  The successful applicant will be nominated by the University for a Canada Research Chair and, is subject to review by the CRC Secretariat.  

The University of British Columbia is one of the world’s best universities known for its academic excellence, top caliber students, and an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning.  

The Faculty of Applied Science shares the University’s commitment to research excellence, and in addition to SCARP, it houses the School of Nursing, the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and all engineering activities at the Vancouver campus and the UBC Okanagan School of Nursing.  

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UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity.  All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.  We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations, and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge of engage productively with diverse communities.