Faculty of Medicine Call for Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) Applications from Federally Designated Groups

The Faculty of Medicine (FoM) invites internal applications for up to four Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) in any field of research aligned to the FoM strategic plan to be considered for the 2021 CRC Competition. As this is an internal search, applicants must already hold a full-time, tenure-stream faculty appointment in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. Applicants must be at the rank of Professor, or at the rank of Associate Professor who are expected to be promoted to Professor within one or two years.

Tier 1 CRCs are intended for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields who (a) are outstanding, innovative world-class researchers, (b) are recognized as international leaders in their field, and (c) have superior records of attracting and supervising graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Chairs are tenable for seven years and are renewable once.


Applicants must meet the eligibility requirement for a Tier 1 CRC position. Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website www.chairs.gc.ca for details on eligibility.

UBC recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., maternity leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

In accordance with UBC’s CRC Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Action Plan [https://academic.ubc.ca/sites/vpa.ubc.ca/files/documents/EDIAP – 13 DEC 2018 EE.pdf], and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights code, the selection will be restricted to members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities (members of groups that are racially categorized), persons with disabilities, and Indigenous peoples. Applicants to Canada Research Chair positions are asked to complete this equity survey [https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6WJHol7SfPxRMu9] as part of the application, and candidates from these groups must self-identify as belonging to one or more of the designated equity groups to be considered for the position. Because the search is limited to those self-identifying as members of designated equity groups, candidates must also provide their name to be considered.

Personal information is collected under the authority of sections 26(a) and 26(c) of the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The information you provide will only be used to determine whether you qualify for participation in this hiring process. Data will be collected by the Equity & Inclusion Office and only the names of those who identify as women, visible minorities (member of groups that are racially categorized) and/or Indigenous peoples will be shared with the search committee. Currently, UBC has a gap in representation for people with disabilities. Until such time as this is remedied, the names of those self-identifying as having a disability will be provided separately to the search committee. Responses will be stored in a secure database.

Application Process

All applicants are required to self-identify as a member of one or more of the four designated groups using the equity survey [https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6WJHol7SfPxRMu9]. Self-identification is necessary for the University to achieve equity targets set by the CRC Program. This information will be stored in a secure database and made available only to members of the adjudication committee.

A complete application package includes:

  1. a letter of support from the Department Head or School Director outlining the individual’s research accomplishments to date and future research potential and (if applicable) a financial commitment statement confirming ongoing salary support during and post CRC for grant tenured faculty members;
  2. a maximum six-page letter of interest describing qualifications and research plans for the chair and;
  3. a full curriculum vitae.

Please submit application materials to the Vice-Dean, Research in FoM (Dr. Robert McMaster) via the Faculty of Medicine CRC Submission Portal [https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aXecjcBSfUDy2EK] for consideration. The closing date for application submission is May 24, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Department Heads and School Directors may support a maximum number of applications based on the total number of tenure-stream faculty within the particular Department/School. Please see the Faculty of Medicine website [https://mednet.med.ubc.ca/Research/FundingOpportunities/Pages/Canada-Research-Chairs.aspx] for details.

The assessment of application materials and the identification of successful candidates will be undertaken by an adjudication committee chaired by the Vice-Dean, Research and recommended to the Dean of Medicine. Successful applicants are expected to submit a nomination application to CRC Program in the October 2021 CRC national competition. If you have any questions, please contact Shelly Au in the Faculty of Medicine’s Office of Research via email at shelly.au@ubc.ca. All Chair nominations are subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat.

In UBC’s Strategic Plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century, inclusion, innovation, and collaboration have been identified as our key themes, and the University is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable work environment for all members of its workforce, and in particular, for its employees with disabilities. We welcome colleagues with the experiences and skills to contribute to our principles of inclusion, equity, and diversity throughout campus life. Accommodations are available on request for all candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. To confidentially request accommodations, please contact Shelly Au via email at shelly.au@ubc.ca. Additionally, an inclusive work environment for employees with disabilities presumes an environment where differences are accepted, recognized and integrated into current structures, planning and decision-making modes. For contact information regarding UBC’s accommodation and access policies and resources, please visit the Centre for Accessibility website at: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/student-development-services/centre-accessibility/faculty-and-staff-disabilities. UBC Vancouver staff or faculty may contact the Health Promotion Programs (information@hse.ubc.ca) or the Centre for Accessibility (accessibility@ubc.ca) for support and assistance with accommodation questions.

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.