Assistant Professor (TT) Data Science
The School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia
(UBC) Canada invites applications for a full-time faculty position in Data Science, at the rank of Assistant Professor
This is a strategic recruitment with a goal to build research capacity and educational programs in the area of data
science for population and public health, including, but not limited to, research and innovations in data-driven
discovery, data-informed policy, data visualization, use of statistical or causal inference, matching learning, deep
learning, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, and text analytics methods to advance knowledge and prediction.
SPPH is a research-intensive unit that also has a strong emphasis on education. It 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 prevention, equity, 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.
SPPH is seeking applicants with a commitment to conducting research in collaboration with faculty as well as outside
of SPPH. This includes in reciprocal partnership community spaces that engage with Indigenous peoples, vulnerable
populations (e.g. elderly, low-income communities, those with chronic diseases), and equity-seeking groups. The
incumbent will also be expected to develop and teach courses in data science and supervise M.Sc. and Ph.D. students.
The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a relevant discipline, including, but not limited to, statistics or biostatistics,
economics, computer science, mathematics, physics, electric (and computer) engineering, linguistics. The successful
candidate 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 incumbent will also show
demonstrated ability to develop and lead an independent research program and will be expected to provide service
to the University and the broader academic and professional community.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Interested applicants should submit an application
package consisting of a two-page personal statement describing the applicant’s interest in and vision for the role, a
detailed curriculum vitae and names of three references who can address scholarly activity, teaching, administrative
service capabilities, and experience fostering collaboration, inclusiveness, equity and diversity.
All applications should be submitted via http://www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/36258 to the attention of:
Peter Berman, PhD,
Professor and Director
UBC School of Population and Public Health
Queries may be sent to:
Human Resources Manager
Subject Line: Data Science Tenure Track Faculty Position
Review of applications will begin on January 20, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start
date for this position is July 1, 2020 or upon a date to be mutually agreed.
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.
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.