Three faculty positions at UBC to advance the cell therapies program

As one of the world’s leading universities, the University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world. In alignment with UBC Faculty of Medicine’s strategic plan Building the Future 2021-2026, a recent gift to UBC will be used to establish the BC MS Cell Therapies Translational Research Network (MS Research Network), a world-class research and patient-care hub that will use the latest advances in cell and gene engineering to develop, manufacture, and test next-generation cell-based therapies.

Our goal is to use the latest advances in cell and immuno-engineering in autoimmunity to develop, manufacture, and test novel advanced therapeutics with the potential to transform patient care and experiences in BC and beyond.  The MS Research Network will collaborate with research partners across the province, country and globe to leverage advancements with the potential to improve outcomes for patients with MS. It will also help augment clinical services for patients and their families.

Situated within BC’s thriving biomanufacturing and life sciences ecosystem, the Network will benefit from and leverage capabilities established through UBC’s Academy of Translational Medicine and our recently announced national research hub, Canada’s Immuno-Engineering and Biomanufacturing Hub, a UBC-led and anchored coalition of 50+ multi-sectoral partners (academic, private, public, and not-for-profit organizations from across Canada and internationally) with a vision to become a global epicentre for developing and manufacturing next-generation immune-based therapies. There has never been a more exciting time to join this vibrant, collaborative ecosystem.

The School of Biomedical Engineering is a partnership between the Faculties of Medicine and Applied Science, acting as a nucleus for education and training, research, and innovation in biomedical engineering, creating new knowledge, new academic and training programs, and fostering translation and innovation. Its vision is to transform health care outcomes through unconstrained exploration of the best possible integrative solutions across engineering, medicine, and biology. Through collaborative, innovative, and interdisciplinary approach and building on UBC academic and research excellence, the School of Biomedical Engineering aspires to be a global leader in biomedical engineering research, education and translation.

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health brings together experts in the fields of neuroscience, neurology, psychiatry, and rehabilitation in a hub for training, research, and clinical care. The philosophy of the centre is to work with all facets of brain health, as knowledge gained from treating and investigating one disease of the brain will advance our understanding of others. The centre brings research closer to patients, providing British Columbians with better access to the best possible treatments.

We are looking for early and/or mid, and advanced career candidates for the following faculty positions that are open to all applicants with a PhD, and/or MD, or equivalent academic qualifications:

  • One established investigator (Full Professor) with expertise in MS and experience in immunotherapy and/or cell therapy
  • One emerging investigator (Assistant or Associate Professor) with expertise in neuro-engineering*
  • One emerging investigator (Assistant Professor) with expertise in immuno-engineering*

Successful candidates will be primarily housed within the Faculty of Medicine and/or Faculty of Applied Science in the Department of Medicine and/or the School of Biomedical Engineering. An appropriate academic unit will be identified at the time the successful candidates are selected, contingent upon the candidates’ area of expertise. *For appointments to the School of Biomedical Engineering, consideration will be given to candidates who hold a P.Eng. license or who are eligible to obtain a P.Eng. license and consequently register for one with Engineers and Geoscientists BC. Individuals with quantitative science backgrounds such as Math, Computer Science, or Physics are also encouraged to apply if they are eligible for a Limited License with Engineers and Geoscientists BC (see for details on the Limited License).

View the full advertisement and application instructions for each type of position here:

UBC Chair (Professor, tenure) in Cell Therapies for MS and Autoimmune Diseases UBC Chair in Cell Therapies for MS and Autoimmune Diseases
Assistant Professor (tenure track) / Associate Professor (tenure) in Molecular and Cellular Neuro-Bioengineering Assistant/Associate Professor in Molecular and Cellular Neuro-Bioengineering
Assistant Professor (tenure track) In Immuno-Bioengineering Assistant Professor in Immuno-Bioengineering


For queries, contact Neha Manjari Akella (, Research Network Manager, BC MS Cell Therapies Translational Research Network, Faculty of Medicine, UBC.