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UBC - Clean Energy Research Centre - DIRECTOR

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver seeks outstanding internal UBC candidates for the position of Director of the Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC).

The Clean Energy Research Centre is a multi-disciplinary research centre housed in the Faculty of Applied Science. CERC’s goal is to explore and promote the use of sustainable energy sources and to increase efficiency and reduce emissions from more conventional energy conversion processes, through scientific discovery and engineering development of a wide range of clean energy technologies. Through education, research and innovation, it aims to develop energy systems that simultaneously minimize environmental impact, promote geopolitical stability, and enable economic diversification.

The Director acts as primary academic and administrative officer of the Clean Energy Research Centre, coordinating and leading the Centre’s various programs, activities and initiatives. The Director reports to the Dean of Applied Science.

The successful candidate must hold an appointment at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor at UBC, Vancouver campus. The ideal candidate will have a broad prospective on the future development and application of clean energy technologies and will be expected to provide innovative leadership to expand existing research programs, develop new programs, build stronger alliances with industry and government and to ensure that it is placed to take full advantage of future funding opportunities. The successful candidate must have proven leadership and administrative experience or have demonstrated the potential for such skills in other ways.

Applicants are invited to submit a package that consists of a brief cover letter expressing their interest, a current curriculum vitae and the name and contact address (including email address) of three references who are able to provide an objective assessment of the candidate’s suitability for this leadership position.

Nominations and applications are now invited. Nominators must submit a brief description of why they consider the nominee to be a highly desirable candidate. After consulting with the committee, the Chair will invite some nominees to apply as deemed appropriate. The deadline for nominations is January 14, 2019.

Interested faculty members can apply without being nominated. Applications should be submitted in confidence to:

Dr. James Olson, Chair
CERC Director Search Committee
Faculty of Applied Science
5000 - 2332 Main Mall
UBC Campus

The package must be sent by e-mail only to and any attachments should only be Word or pdf files, set for printing on letter-size paper.

Review of applications will begin on January 28, 2019. The position will commence as soon as it can be filled or upon a date mutually agreed.

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.



Research Associate – Clean Energy (2019)

The advertised position is for a Research Associate to undertake research on a multidisciplinary approach to clean energy as directed by the supervisor. The position is within the Department of Chemistry at the Point Grey Campus of the University of British Columbia. This is a non-tenure track position.

The principal duties of the role are as follows:

  • Undertake independent, practical laboratory-based research;
  • Significant contribution to academic management of a multidisciplinary research team;
  • Regular interaction with external collaborators;
  • Preparation of regular reports for internal discussion and external publication;
  • Supervision and mentoring of students and colleagues;
  • Formulation of grant reports and proposals;
  • Contribution to administrative responsibilities;
  • Responsibility for sourcing and purchasing of necessary equipment and supplies;
  • Design and construction of unique experimental apparatus;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with external suppliers and manufacturers;

The successful candidate will meet the following criteria:

  • A PhD in Synthetic Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry with significant postdoctoral experience (5+ years);
  • Demonstrated experience in the practical manipulation of various chemical reactions in benchtop and
  • air-/moisture-sensitive environments;
  • Experience in the acquisition and analysis of modern spectroscopic, spectrometric, crystallographic and
  • computational data;
  • Experience in the practical manipulation and upkeep of both mechanical and electronic laboratory apparatus;
  • Proven ability to undertake independent and directed research and prepare high-quality reports and publications;
  • Effective communication of science verbally, visually and in written form to scientific audiences;
  • Experience in mentoring researchers in relevant chemistry and general scientific research skills;
  • Experience in the preparation of successful grant proposals;

The anticipated start date for this position May 22, 2019

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community.  We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

How to Apply

Please email your CV to hrfacilities@chem.ubc.ca with “Clean Energy Research Associate 2019” in the subject line.


All applications must be received no later than midnight on Monday, December 31, 2018.