Professor, Tenure – John and Penny Ryan BC Leadership Chair in Spinal Cord Research

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The Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) and the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) invite applications for the John and Penny Ryan Leadership Chair in Spinal Cord Research. Applicants must hold or be eligible to hold a full-time, tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Professor at UBC. Both external and internal to UBC candidates will be considered. A faculty appointment at UBC is subject to university approvals and will be contingent upon Innovate BC approving the candidate as the holder of the John and Penny Ryan LEEF Chair in Spinal Cord Research.

This position is located within a health-care facility. Therefore, this position requires successful verification of full vaccination against Covid-19 provided prior to the start date, as required by the provincial health mandate.

ICORD is a world-leading health research centre focused on spinal cord injury. From the laboratory-based cellular level of understanding injury to rehabilitation and recovery, our researchers are dedicated to the development and translation of more effective strategies to promote prevention, functional recovery, and improved quality of life after spinal cord injury. Located at the Vancouver General Hospital campus in the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, ICORD is supported by UBC Faculty of Medicine and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.

This prestigious appointment, supported by the Leading-Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) through Innovate BC, will provide a unique opportunity for an internationally recognized individual to perform research in an outstanding and inclusive environment to enhance the province of BC as a leader in spinal cord injury research. The successful applicant will conduct innovative research that will support and link researchers regionally, across Canada and around the world, encouraging scientists and clinical investigators to work collaboratively on relevant research to provide faster and more accurate translation of discoveries into valid therapeutic interventions, bio-technical devices, surgical practices and rehabilitation therapies. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the teaching activities of their home Department, as well as provide mentorship and training to undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate learners. The incumbent will also be expected to provide service to the University and the broader academic and professional community. The successful candidate will contribute to fostering an environment that promotes inclusivity and embodies values of respect, integrity, compassion, collaboration, and equity. Equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice are essential to academic excellence, as well as to fostering an inclusive community for voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD and/or MD, or equivalent. At the rank of Professor, the successful candidate will have demonstrated appropriate standards of excellence in teaching, have received wide recognition in their sustained and productive scholarly activity, and participated significantly in academic and professional affairs. The successful candidate will have an outstanding track record of excellence and leadership in research related to spinal cord injury. The successful candidate, if an MD or MD/PhD, must be eligible for registration by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia for subsequent arrangements to practice their specialty of medicine.

An appropriate academic Department in the UBC Faculty of Medicine will be identified at the time a successful candidate is selected contingent upon the candidate’s area of expertise. A faculty appointment at UBC will be contingent upon the approval of Innovate BC granting the candidate as the holder of the John and Penny Ryan LEEF Chair in Spinal Cord Research.


The expected salary range for this position is $200,000 to $230,000 per annum. The Faculty of Medicine is committed to offering equitable and competitive salaries, commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate, with flexibility for negotiation. At UBC, in addition to a generous benefits package and highly valued pension plan, faculty members also have access to a comprehensive range of leaves, services, resources and career development opportunities. For more information, please visit:


Candidates who bring diverse perspectives and lived experiences are encouraged to apply as we strive to enhance diversity, inclusiveness, socio-cultural representation, and perspective of the Department/School.


An application package should include:

·       a letter of application that addresses scholarly, professional and creative work, teaching, administrative service, and experience fostering collaboration across partners;

·       a brief statement (1-2 pages) of the applicant’s current or previous contributions to advancing anti-racism, equity, diversity, decolonization, Indigenization and inclusion in academic, professional, or community contexts;

·       a detailed institutional curriculum vitae;

·       and the names of four arm’s length references.


Please submit your application to:

Ashleen Shadeo

Interim Associate Director, Research Programs & Administration

Office of Research, Faculty of Medicine

Subject Line: John and Penny Ryan BC Leadership Chair in Spinal Cord Research

Should you have any queries around this position, please contact Ashleen Shadeo, Interim Associate Director, Research Programs & Administration at


Review of applications will begin on July 1, 2024 and continue until the position is filled. The earliest anticipated start date for this position is January 1st, 2025 or upon a later date to be mutually agreed and is contingent on Innovate BC approval.

In assessing applications, UBC recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., parental 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.

We invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to employment equity and inclusive excellence, and we welcome applications from candidates belonging to historically, persistently, or systemically marginalized groups: Indigenous (First Nation, Métis, Inuit) Peoples, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, women, 2SLGBTQIA+ people, and trans and non-binary people.

The University is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable work environment for all members of its workforce. An inclusive work environment presumes an environment where differences are appreciated, recognized, and integrated into current structures, planning, and decision-making modes. Within this hiring process we are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable process for all candidates (including but not limited to people with disabilities).  Confidential accommodations are available on request. Please contact Stefanie Cheah via email at If you have any questions regarding accommodations or accessibility during the recruitment and hiring process or for more information and support, please visit UBC’s Centre for Workplace Accessibility website at or contact the Centre at

With gratitude, we acknowledge that the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine and its distributed programs, which include four university academic campuses, are located on traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of First Nations Peoples and communities around the province.


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UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. 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.