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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) | Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (OSOT), at the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for two (2) full-time (1.0 FTE) faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track). 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.

The UBC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is home to 18 academic faculty members, nine administrative and technical support staff members, and approximately 300 clinical faculty and associate members.

The Department’s mission is to create, inspire and uphold a scholarly community that contributes to the health of individuals and communities through research on occupation and education programs for occupational therapy students, health professionals, and scientists. Through the continued support of its academic, clinical, student, and alumni community, the Department strives to realize its vision of “health and participation for all.”

The Department offers a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program and in partnership, delivers the MRSc, MSc, and PhD programs in rehabilitation sciences. Research within the Department focuses on advancing occupational science, and the impact of occupational therapy on health and well-being, and teaching/learning effectiveness. The Department has strong collaboration links with several research labs, centres, and institutes.

Reporting to the Head of the UBC Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, the successful candidate will have demonstrated research skills and excellence in such areas as Primary Care, Health Policy, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Biomechanics, Vocational Rehabilitation, Across the Life Span, Designing for People, or Occupational Science. The successful applicant will be expected to build an independent program of funded research and foster research in collaboration with colleagues within and beyond the Department. The successful candidate will also contribute to the educational programs offered by the Department, supervise graduate students, and participate in University andcommunity activities.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD (post-doctoral training is an asset), be eligible for registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC), be a member of Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists – BC (CAOT-BC), and have expertise in one of the above-mentioned areas of specialization. Applicants should provide the Department with evidence of strong scholarly activity, potential in teaching and community/clinical service.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications, including curriculum vitae and, names and contact information for three referees who can speak to the candidate’s research potential, teaching abilities, and professional practice competencies, should be sent to:

Dr. Susan Forwell, PhD, OT, FCAOT

Department Head & Professor Department of

Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy Faculty of Medicine,

University of British Columbia


Subject line: Assistant Professor Position

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2022, or a date to be mutually agreed upon.

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

Our Vision: To Transform Health for Everyone.

Ranked among the world’s top medical schools with the fifth-largest MD enrollment in North America, the UBC Faculty of Medicine is a leader in both the science and the practice of medicine. Across British Columbia, more than 12,000 faculty and staff are training the next generation of doctors and health care professionals, making remarkable discoveries, and helping to create the pathways to better health for our communities at home and around the world.

The Faculty - comprised of approximately 2,200 administrative support, technical/research and management and professional staff, as well approximately 650 full-time academic and over 10,000 clinical faculty members - is composed of 19 academic basic science and/or clinical departments, three schools, and 24 research centres and institutes.

Together with its University and Health Authority partners, the Faculty delivers innovative programs and conducts research in the areas of health and life sciences. Faculty, staff and trainees are located at university campuses, clinical academic campuses in hospital settings and other regionally based centres across the province.

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 will be given priority. | Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy | Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy