Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation

British Columbia (CA)
30 Apr 2018
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30 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation

University of British Columbia


UBC 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.

With campuses in Vancouver and the Okanagan, UBC is home to over 62,000 students. These students are supported by 15,000 faculty and staff members. UBC’s annual budget is over $2.5 billion and the university’s annual economic impact is estimated at $12.5 billion. UBC received nearly $600 million in research funding last year and signed over 1,300 research projects with industry partners. Nearly 200 companies have spun off from UBC research. The University consistently wins awards for being a top employer in BC, a top diversity employer, and one of Canada’s greenest employers.

Reporting to the Vice-President, Research & Innovation, this position will assume responsibility for innovation UBC, the umbrella under which several existing and new units and activities will be brought together. This new position will help foster a comprehensive and inclusive approach to innovation through hubs in the Okanagan, on the Point Grey campus, and at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver. Several different support pathways for innovation are targeted that will allow the new AVP to enable entrepreneurship and commercialization, social innovation and knowledge exchange. This new position will ensure UBC research and innovation activities have maximum potential for broad social and economic impact.

The ideal candidate will be appointable as a professor at UBC and bring a passion for research across a range of fields. You will bring an understanding of the innovation agenda within the context of a complex, research intensive university; one that is attuned to the rapid changes in society. Having served on cross-campus committees and in institutional leadership roles, such as Associate Dean or Director of an Institute or Centre, the ideal candidate will bring strong relationship building skills and an open and collaborative approach.

For more information on this exciting opportunity, please contact Khaleeda Jamal at Boyden ( To apply, please click here. 

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.