Vice-President, Research & Innovation

Vancouver, British Columbia (CA)
24 Feb 2017
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26 Mar 2017
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Full Time

Vice-President, Research & Innovation

The University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC), one of Canada’s largest, most innovative and dynamic universities, invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice- President, Research & Innovation.

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world – and top 20 public universities. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages 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.

UBC is home to over 61,000 students, including 13,000 international students from over 150 countries, with campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna. These students are supported by 15,000 faculty and staff members. UBC’s annual budget is over $2 billion and the university received $600 million in research funding in 2015/16.

The Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI), who reports to the President and is a member of the University's senior executive team, will play a pivotal role in advancing the University’s mission, vision and strategic goals, particularly as they relate to the research and innovation agendas of the University across both campuses. The VPRI will also support the BC Government’s newly created innovation network, to be Chaired by UBC’s President, designed to foster greater collaboration between the post-secondary sector and innovation-driven industries.

The VPRI will bring a track record of success in senior, research leadership roles, and be a passionate advocate for the research capabilities of the entire University community with external funding agencies, industry, government, and broader society. The successful candidate will bring an exemplary record as researcher and be eligible to be appointed as a full professor at UBC.

This is a remarkable opportunity to provide leadership at one of the world’s leading universities, on a campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean and coastal mountains in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.

To explore this opportunity, submit nominations, or to apply, please contact our search consultants Ashley Dawson, Brent Cameron or Ken Werker in Boyden’s Vancouver office at 604-685-0261 or email:

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UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We especially welcome applications from visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.