Director, Centre for Hip Health and Mobility

The Faculty of Medicine (FoM), University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) invite applications for the position of Director, Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM). This appointment is for an initial term of five (5) years with the possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory review and is expected to be filled by a candidate internal to the University, at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Clinical faculty members are also encouraged to apply. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021 or a date to be mutually agreed upon.

CHHM is a UBC / VCHRI, internationally recognized research centre focused on developing novel strategies to promote physical activity, mobility, and improve bone and joint health. CHHM, is one of the seven major research centres supported by the VCHRI and is one of twelve Senate-approved centres within the FoM at UBC. CHHM Principal Investigators span seven Departments and two Schools in the FoM, three departments in the Faculty of Applied Science and across three other Faculties within UBC. CHHM, located on the VGH campus, occupies 24,000 square feet of customized laboratory, workstation, office and meeting space across the upper four floors of the Robert H.N. Ho Research Building, 2,700 square feet of research space within the VCHRI Research Pavilion and 900 square feet at Leon Judah Blackmore Pavilion housing the Upright Open MRI. In addition, members are located at the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, BC’s largest rehabilitation centre, with a research program, in partnership with VCHRI, and UBC that aims to discover innovative solutions to optimize the outcomes of rehabilitation and improve the lives of those with disabilities. The Rehabilitation Research Program has 5400 square feet of research space within the GF Strong Rehab Centre, equipped with research equipment including a metabolic cart, ECG system, 3D motion analysis system, force place, electromyography system and physical activity monitors.

The CHHM Director is responsible for the overall strategic leadership, research leadership and operational management of the CHHM and GF Strong rehabilitation research facilities. The Director reports jointly to the Executive Director, VCHRI, and to the Vice Dean, Research, FoM at UBC. The successful candidate will need to have demonstrated leadership to provide the CHHM and GF Strong with a clear vision and research direction. The incumbent will develop and implement a strategic plan that incorporates both sustainability and a succession plan with faculty renewal where necessary to provide the CHHM with a pathway towards relevant and impactful research. The successful candidate will need to have the ability to foster strong partnerships with other faculties, regional health authorities and international organizations.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD and/or MD, or an equivalent level of training with a documented ability to obtain research funding and display exceptional organizational and administrative skills. The candidate will have demonstrated scientific leadership, outstanding educational contributions and a strong research track record. The successful candidate will also have demonstrated experience in mentoring and training junior investigators and the ability to maintain effective working relationships in an interdisciplinary environment, which is essential to this role.

A more detailed job description is available in the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Medicine for those who wish to review it. Please enquire at the email address below.

A letter of application accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, evidence of effective teaching, names of four references, and no more than a 1 – 2-page vision document outlining a plan to enhance the vision and leadership of the CHHM as a Director, should be directed to:

Dr. W. Robert McMaster, D. Phil
Vice Dean, Research
c/o Meredith Ladner
Room 317, IRC, UBC
2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

(email: with subject line: Director, Centre for Hip Health and Mobility)

Review of applications will begin on April 30, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2021 or upon a date to be mutually agreed.