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Professor (tenure) | in Translational Medicine - School of Population and Public Health

University of British Columbia- School of Population and Public Health
Vancouver, British Columbia (CA)
Closing date
Sep 25, 2023

Professor (tenure) | in Translational Medicine - School of Population and Public Health

The Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC), invites applications for a full-time faculty position in Translational Medicine in the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH). The successful candidate will be eligible to hold a full-time appointment at the rank of Professor (tenure). The position will be based in the SPPH building at the UBC Vancouver/Point Grey campus and the successful candidate will be affiliated with the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research.




This is a strategic recruitment in translational medicine featuring research excellence, supporting capacity development and developing educational programming in the area of regulatory policy whose aim is to reduce the time between biomedical discoveries and translation into health products, including diagnostics, imaging tools, therapeutics, and devices. The outstanding researcher’s program of transdisciplinary research will build on world-leading expertise in regulatory affairs and regulatory science and feature innovative applications of regulatory and reimbursement science/policy, including pre-and post-market regulatory evidence requirements, real-world evidence generation through health services/system research or health economic evaluation. Further, the researcher will apply socio-economic considerations to regulatory problems and accelerate the processes for navigating regulatory and reimbursement policies and strengthen the ability of B.C./Canada to realize the benefits of new discoveries in an equitable, sustainable, and effective manner.




SPPH is a research-intensive unit that also has a strong emphasis on education. The school is home to approximately 60 faculty members and 350 graduate students whose research interests align with four divisions: Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Public Health; Health in Populations; Health Services and Systems; and Occupational and Environmental Health. With an emphasis on equity, health promotion and prevention, and application of evidence to improve and maintain the health of the population, SPPH provides training for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students across multiple degree programs, including MPH, MSc and PhD degrees.




Reporting to the School Director, the successful candidate will demonstrate a significant scholarly impact internationally and nationally in translational medicine with specific expertise in regulatory affairs and regulatory science. The incumbent will be expected to transform health system infrastructures, system and local-level clinical practices and policies, while increasing the efficiency and reducing development costs and other barriers in the health products pipeline in British Columbia, Canada, and globally. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to have demonstrated commitment to world-leading research in regulatory science/policy in collaboration with existing faculty as well as outside of SPPH. This includes engaging with academic stakeholders and non-academic stakeholders in the life sciences sector, including industry, scientists, health systems, and government.




The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a relevant discipline, including, but not limited to, health economics, economics, political science, health services and systems, law, epidemiology, clinical research methodology or health policy. The successful candidate will provide evidence of leading a recognized program of sustained and productive scholarly activity in regulatory affairs and regulatory science through high-impact peer-reviewed publications, an extramurally-funded independent research program, and partnerships with the broader communities. The successful candidate will have demonstrated appropriate standards of excellence in teaching through evidence of developing and teaching courses in regulatory affairs and regulatory science and supervising M.Sc. and Ph.D. learners. The successful candidate will have demonstrated a track-record of administrative service and leadership to the University and the broader academic and professional community. Demonstrated experience in developing inclusive partnerships that engage Indigenous peoples, vulnerable populations (e.g., elderly, low-income communities, those with chronic diseases), and equity-seeking groups would be an asset.



Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Interested applicants should submit a single pdf file application package, consisting of: 1) a two-page personal statement describing the applicant’s interest in and vision and an outline of the applicant’s research; 2) a statement on teaching, 3) current or planned contributions to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in previous institutional environments, and 4) a detailed academic curriculum vitae; and 5) names of four arm’s length references who can address scholarly activity, teaching, administrative service capabilities, and experience fostering collaboration, inclusiveness, equity and diversity. The complete file should be submitted via: and addressed to:



Aslam Anis, PhD

Professor and Director pro term


School of Population and Public Health




For details regarding expectations for applications statements, please see below:




Details on Vision and Research Statement: In 2-3 pages, please include both information about your interest and vision for the role, as well as research expertise and experience, and your research plan as a new faculty member, including as appropriate current and potential collaborators (at UBC and elsewhere) and sources of funding.




Details on Teaching Statement: In 1-2 pages, please describe your teaching interests and experience at any and all scales from one-on-one tutoring to small group tutorials to teaching large section courses. Also, explain your teaching philosophy, including specific examples that have informed the evolution of that teaching philosophy.




Details on Diversity Statement: UBC’s strategic plan identifies inclusive excellence as one of our key priorities. We welcome colleagues with the experiences and competencies that can contribute to our principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout campus life. In 1-2 pages, please describe your current or planned contributions to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in academic, professional, or community settings.




Queries about the posting may be sent to Joyce Huang, Operations Manager, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, at Please use the subject Line: Translational Medicine Professor Faculty Position.




Review of applications will begin September 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.  The expected start date is January 1, 2024 or a date to be mutually agreed upon.




At UBC, we believe that attracting and sustaining a diverse workforce is key to the successful pursuit of excellence in research, innovation, and learning for all faculty, staff and students, and is essential to fostering an outstanding work environment. Our commitment to employment equity helps achieve inclusion and fairness, brings rich diversity to UBC as a workplace, and creates the necessary conditions for a rewarding career.




The University is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable work environment for all members of its workforce. An inclusive work environment presumes an environment where differences are accepted, recognized, and integrated into current structures, planning, and decision-making modes. Within this hiring process we will make efforts to create an inclusive and equitable process for all candidates (including but not limited to people with disabilities).  Confidential accommodations are available on request for applicants who are short-listed. Please contact Joyce Huang via email at 604-822-4726 or  




To learn more about UBC’s Center for Workplace Accessibility, visit the website here  




The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its 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.




Our Vision: To Transform Health for Everyone.




Ranked among the world’s top medical schools with the fifth-largest MD enrollment in North America, the UBC Faculty of Medicine is a leader in both the science and the practice of medicine. Across British Columbia, more than 11,000 faculty and staff are training the next generation of doctors and health care professionals, making remarkable discoveries, and helping to create the pathways to better health for our communities at home and around the world.




The Faculty - comprised of approximately 2,200 administrative support, technical/research and management and professional staff, as well approximately 650 full-time academic and over 9,000 clinical faculty members - is composed of 19 academic basic science and/or clinical departments, three schools, and 24 research centres and institutes. Together with its University and Health Authority partners, the Faculty delivers innovative programs and conducts research in the areas of health and life sciences. Faculty, staff and trainees are located at university campuses, clinical academic campuses in hospital settings and other regionally based centres across the province.




The UBC Vancouver Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of thexʷm əθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. The City of Vancouver is located on Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations territory.




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 of Canada will be given priority. |

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