The Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the Vancouver campus of The University of British Columbia invites applications for one or more faculty positions in Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering to start no earlier than July 1, 2023. This is a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level or at the Associate Professor level in exceptional circumstances. Applicants specializing in reconstructing microbial regulatory and metabolic networks as well as high-throughput microbial genome engineering, particularly as applied to strengthening Canada’s natural resource sectors are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position requires a PhD, postdoctoral experience, and a strong record of research achievements and publications in this field. The successful applicant will be expected to develop an innovative, externally-funded and internationally-competitive research program; supervise graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; collaborate with faculty members; teach undergraduate and graduate courses in microbiology; and participate in service to the department, university, and academic/scientific community. Candidates will have strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and a commitment to creating a welcoming community where those who are historically, persistently, or systemically marginalized are treated equitably, feel respected, and belong.  The ability to teach microbial genetics and genomics is an asset, as are teaching excellence and an interest in innovative teaching methods.

The successful candidate will become a member of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology ( The Department includes 25 research faculty with strengths across the disciplines of microbiology, virology, and immunology including microbial genomics, data science, functional screening, microbial ecology, as well as bacterial metabolism and physiology. The successful applicant will establish their laboratory in the Life Sciences Institute (, which houses 85 laboratories across 10 departments, providing ample opportunity for cross-disciplinary collaborations. The new hire could be part of the multi-faculty BioProducts Institute (, which brings together interdisciplinary researchers comprised of scientists, engineers, and market and policy experts to unlock the full potential of materials, chemicals and fuels produced in Nature. The new hire will have access to outstanding core resources for acoustic liquid handling and microfluidics, high-throughput screening, cell sorting, plurality and single-cell sequencing, microscopy, metabolomics, and proteomics.

Applicants should submit:

1.      Cover letter (up to two pages) that outlines your research vision and accomplishments, your teaching philosophy and experience, and leadership activities in academic service, equity, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement.

2.      Curriculum vitae.

3.      Summary of research interests describing two potentially fundable projects (maximum 4 pages).

4.      Statement of teaching interests and accomplishments (maximum 2 pages).

5.      Statement describing identifying your past contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion, along with your ability to work with a culturally diverse student body (giving specific examples where possible), as well as your philosophy of and potential future contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion (maximum 1 page).

6.      Names and contact information for 3 referees.


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.   Review of completed applications will begin on November 14, 2022.


UBC is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. The UBC Vancouver campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Since 1915, UBC has been opening doors of opportunity for people with the curiosity, drive and vision to shape a better world. UBC is dedicated to ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion are embedded throughout the university’s academic and work life, recognizing that significant work remains to be accomplished. For example, UBC’s vision is to be a world leader in the implementation of Indigenous people’s human rights and is guided in a mission of reconciliation as articulated and called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. It is firmly committed to recruiting Indigenous faculty, students, and staff as outlined in its Indigenous Strategic Plan. As one of the world’s leading universities, UBC creates exceptional research and learning environments to foster global citizenship, advance a civil and sustainable society, to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada, and the world.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  Inclusion is built by individual and institutional responsibility through continuous engagement with diversity to inspire people, ideas, and actions for a better world. 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. In assessing applications, UBC recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., parental leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.