Assistant Professors in Materials Engineering

University of British Columbia
Department of Materials Engineering 
Posted: December 2, 2019

The Department of Materials Engineering at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus) seeks outstanding individuals for up to three (3) tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of advanced manufacturing (in exceptional cases appointment at the rank of Associate Professor may be considered). Where appropriate, a joint appointment with the Department of Mechanical Engineering will be sought. The starting date of the position will be July 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Materials Engineering at UBC (referred to as the Department) has recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Over this period, the Department has distinguished itself as a global leader in modelling and characterization for a variety of manufacturing processes and materials. The Department is now partnering with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus to create a new, undergraduate program in Manufacturing Engineering. We are seeking dynamic, emerging leaders in the field of manufacturing whose focus for teaching and research is digital manufacturing. Building on our strengths, we aim to lead the development of innovative processes and technologies that will transform the current manufacturing landscape with an emphasis on the interaction between the process and the material’s performance in the final part/component. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to modelling and simulation of manufacturing processes and systems, integration and use of advanced sensors in manufacturing processes, artificial intelligence and theory guided machine learning in the manufacturing environment. For all these areas, there is an interest in both computational and experimental approaches with an emphasis on integration, validation and implementation of solutions to solve challenges in manufacturing. Each position will be based on the need of and fit within the Department and the Manufacturing Engineering program and will ideally complement the research areas of the Department. Further information on the Department is available at

Applicants must have either a demonstrated track record or possess a clear potential to achieve excellence in research and teaching and must be willing to work with, or have experience working with industry, to implement innovative solutions for manufacturing challenges. The successful candidates will be expected to develop an independent, internationally recognized research program, teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise graduate students at the Masters and Ph.D. levels and provide service to the University and the community.

The candidate will hold a Ph.D. degree, or equivalent, in Materials Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related field, and will be expected to register as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia. Undergraduate teaching will primarily take place in the new Manufacturing undergraduate program while research will be undertaken within the Department.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement (1-2 pages) of technical and teaching interests and accomplishments, including information on how their research and/or teaching would contribute to a diverse academic environment, and the names and addresses (e-mail included) of four referees. Applications must be submitted online at

The initial closing date for applications is January 31, 2020 but applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. All positions are subject to final budgetary approval.