Director, Graduate Program in Neuroscience

The Graduate and Postdoctoral Education Office, Faculty of Medicine at The University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for the position of Director, Graduate Program in Neuroscience (GPN). This position will be approximately 0.4 FTE (two days a week) for a five-year term, with the possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory review, and is expected to be filled by a candidate internal to the program.

The GPN is one of the largest graduate programs in the Faculty of Medicine with over 90 faculty members, 180 graduate students, and approximately 70 affiliated postdocs, and is situated at the Djavad Mowafaghian Center for Brain Health.

Reporting to the Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, the Director provides administrative, intellectual, social, and academic leadership of the GPN and implements and advances the program’s goals and activities. The Director liaises with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) and Graduate and Postdoctoral Education office (GPE) for guidance, support, and input on policies, and standards, and plays a key role in the development and growth of the GPN. The director ensures that the GPN activities align with the Faculty’s and UBC’s strategic priorities and plans.

The Director oversees the work of a full-time Program Administrator, who works closely with staff at the G+PS and provides clerical and managerial support to the Director and the Graduate Program. The Director also oversees the hiring process and management of all short-term Graduate Teaching Assistant employees who support the training activities of the GPN, as well as any Work-Learn Students supporting the program.

The successful candidate:
• Holds a Ph.D. and is at the rank of Associate or Full Professor at UBC
• Is a member of G+PS and the GPN
• Has a proven track record of graduate supervision and mentorship
• Has an interest in further aligning GPN curriculum and initiatives with the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience
• Demonstrated commitment to graduate and postdoctoral education and to fostering an inclusive learning and research environment for trainees
• Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and interact with empathy, understanding, and respect for diverse and divergent perspectives and behaviors.

A detailed job description is available in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Education office for those who wish to review it. Please enquire at the email address below.

A letter of application, accompanied by a detailed UBC annotated curriculum vitae and names of three references should be directed to:

Dr. Miriam Spering,
Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Education Office, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
c/o Richa Sharma, Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Affairs Coordinator
Subject Line: Director, Graduate Program in Neuroscience Position

Review of applications will begin on March 2, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is April 1, 2023, or upon a date to be mutually agreed.