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Assistant Professor, tenure-track or Associate Professor, Tenure

Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health
Vancouver, British Columbia
Date posted
Mar 5, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) at The University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, tenure-track or Associate Professor, tenure in the field of Global Health Ethics. The successful candidate will hold the Mary and Maurice Young Professorship in Applied Ethics, subject to university approvals.

The SPPH is a research-intensive unit that also has a strong emphasis on education. SPPH is home to approximately 65 primary faculty members and 350 graduate students whose research interests align with four divisions: 1) Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Public Health Practice; 2) Health in Populations; 3) Health Services and Systems; and 4) Occupational and Environmental Health. SPPH also contains several research centres focused on topics that cross-cut more than one division, such as ethics, Indigenous health, and research methodology. The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics (CAE), housed within SPPH, is especially relevant to this position. SPPH provides training for undergraduate, graduate, and post-professional students across multiple programs, including PhD and MPH degrees.

Reporting to the Director of SPPH, the successful candidate will be expected to maintain a productive research program in global health ethics. Global health ethics is understood here to involve an explicitly normative focus, for example, by addressing moral dilemmas in global health contexts, studying policies to reduce global health inequities, or promoting decolonization of global health. A productive research program includes publications in high quality, peer reviewed journals and successful applications for external research funding. Research programs that positively impact global health policies or interventions at a practical level will be encouraged and count favourably in merit evaluations. The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in the teaching activities of the new Master’s in Global Health Program including develop graduate course(s)  as well as provide mentorship and training to undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate learners. Finally, the successful candidate will be expected to be affiliated with W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics. 

The successful candidate will hold a PhD. Given the inherently interdisciplinary nature of global health ethics, the successful candidate’s PhD may be in a number of fields, including but not limited to applied ethics, social sciences, and public health. 
•    If appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor, the successful candidate will have demonstrated evidence of ability in teaching and demonstrated ability in scholarly activity. 
•    If appointed at the rank of Associate Professor, the successful candidate will have demonstrated evidence of successful teaching and ability to direct graduate students and evidence of sustained and productive scholarly activity in global health ethics through publications on global health ethics in peer reviewed journals and success in obtaining external research funding. 

The expected salary for this position is $150,000 per annum at the rank of Assistant Professor and $170,000 per annum at the rank of Associate Professor. The Faculty of Medicine is committed to offering equitable and competitive salaries, commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate. 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 School.
Please submit your application online at: An application package should include a letter of application outlining the applicant’s research and teaching interests, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of three references for Assistant Professor rank or four arm’s length references for Associate Professor rank. Please also provide a brief statement (1-2 pages) of your current or previous contributions to advancing anti-racism, equity, diversity, decolonization, Indigenization and inclusion in an academic, professional, or community context.

Should you have any queries around this position, please contact the Director of Administration at

Review of applications will begin on April 8, 2024 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2024 or upon a date to be mutually agreed. 

At UBC, we believe that attracting and sustaining a diverse workforce is key to the successful pursuit of excellence in research, innovation, and learning for all faculty, staff and students, and is essential to fostering an outstanding work environment. Our commitment to employment equity helps achieve inclusion and fairness, brings rich diversity to UBC as a workplace, and creates the necessary conditions for a rewarding career.

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 accepted, recognized, and integrated into current structures, planning, and decision-making modes. Within this hiring process we will make efforts to create an inclusive and equitable process for all candidates (including but not limited to people with disabilities).  Confidential accommodations are available on request for applicants who are short-listed. Please contact Shermila Salgadoe via email at 

To learn more about UBC’s Center for Workplace Accessibility, visit the website here   

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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.

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