213 days ago
Institution/Company:

The University of British Columbia

Location:

Vancouver

, British Columbia

 Canada

Job Type:

Faculty

Degree Level Required:

PhD

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Description:

The School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver campus, invites applications for a full-time Lecturer position for a one-year term to lead the development of courses for a new program entitled: “MUlti-Scale multi-modal Image Computing for health (MUSIC)”.

The School of Biomedical Engineering is a partnership between the Faculties of Medicine and Applied Science, acting as a nucleus for education and training, research, and innovation in biomedical engineering, creating new knowledge, new academic and training programs, and fostering translation and innovation. Its vision is to transform health care outcomes through unconstrained exploration of the best possible integrative solutions across engineering, medicine, and biology. Through collaborative, innovative, and interdisciplinary approach and building on UBC academic and research excellence, the School of Biomedical Engineering is emerging as a global leader in biomedical engineering research, education and translation. For more information about the School of Biomedical Engineering, please visit https://www.bme.ubc.ca/.

The MUSIC program is funded by the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) CREATE program. Building on the established Biomedical Imaging and Artificial Intelligence (BMIAI) research cluster at UBC (https://bmiai.ubc.ca/) and its extensive connections with Canada’s burgeoning biotech industry, MUSIC responds to an acute need for a multi-faceted, data-driven approach to understanding the biological processes that lead to disease. With MUSIC training, over 100 highly qualified personnel (HQP) will be able to measure, manipulate, and analyze biomedical data at a wide range of physical scales, using advanced signal processing and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques. Through this program, we intend to create two graduate-level courses as follows, the development of which would be led by the Lecturer.

Responsibilities:

Biomedical Data Fundamentals:

In this course, an overview of molecular, cellular and clinical imaging, and omics technologies and their relationship with each other will be covered. This new course will cover various biological or medical imaging and omics modalities, including the advantages and limitations of each technology, and provide awareness and understanding of how they are brought together in modern biomedical studies to capture data from micro to macro scales. The course will have three modules: Module 1: Modern Biomedical Multi-Modal Multi-Scale Studies, Module 2: Molecular & Cellular Imaging and Omics, Module 3: Clinical Imaging. As part of this course, we will introduce weekly student-driven “Discovery” sessions, where students come together for a deep dive into all facets of multi-modal multi-scale data in relation to a specific pathology, facilitated by one or more post-graduates and faculty. These sessions will be continued in the next term, providing opportunities for trainees to acquire collaboration, communication, and interdisciplinary problem-solving skills on top of technical competencies.

Machine Learning (ML) in Medicine:

A lecture and project-based course focused on applying ML techniques to solve real biomedical problems. Weekly “Discovery” sessions will continue in this course by bringing ML to multi-modal multi-scale data.

Reporting to the Directors of the MUSIC program who in turn report to the Director of the School of Biomedical Engineering, the incumbent will be responsible for leading the development of the above-mentioned courses. The candidate will also be expected to coordinate the course lectures, teach some parts of the courses, make sure that there is connectivity between sessions and topics, solicit and coordinate projects, and guide the students throughout the project. The successful candidate will also participate in relevant service activities within the University and provide service to the University and the broader academic and professional community, as assigned by the School Director.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in the area of machine learning, biomedical engineering, and biomedical imaging, or a closely related discipline, and must have or be able to obtain an EIT, P.Eng., or Eng.L. designation before teaching begins in January 2024. The successful candidate will have demonstrated evidence of ability in teaching, and the promise to achieve excellence in teaching. Candidates are expected to have excellent communication skills and working knowledge of modern teaching methods and supporting tools.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please submit your application online at: https://ubc.wd10.myworkdayjobs.com/ubcfacultyjobs. An application package should include a letter of application (1-2 pages) outlining the applicant’s teaching interests and accomplishments, a statement about strengths and experiences in or potential contributions towards increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion in curriculum, and in supporting a diverse student body, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of four referees.

The expected salary for this position is $85,000 per annum and the Faculty of Medicine is committed to offering equitable salaries, taking into consideration the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate as well as their years in rank. At UBC, in addition to a competitive salary, a generous benefits package as well as a highly valued pension plan and supportive leaves are included. For more information about the various Faculty Benefits Packages available at UBC, please visit:   https://hr.ubc.ca/benefits/eligibility-enrolment/eligibility-and-plan-cost/faculty-postdoctoral-fellows-employees-and.  The successful candidate will also have access to a comprehensive range of services, resources and career development opportunities. For more information, please visit: https://hr.ubc.ca/working-ubc.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023  and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is January 1, 2024 or upon a date to be mutually agreed.

Additional Information:

At UBC, we believe that attracting and sustaining a diverse workforce is key to the successful pursuit of excellence in research, innovation, and learning for all faculty, staff and students, and is essential to fostering an outstanding work environment. Our commitment to employment equity helps achieve inclusion and fairness, brings rich diversity to UBC as a workplace, and creates the necessary conditions for a rewarding career.

The University is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable work environment for all members of its workforce. An inclusive work environment presumes an environment where differences are accepted, recognized and integrated into current structures, planning and decision-making modes. Within this hiring process, we will make efforts to create an inclusive and equitable process for all candidates (including but not limited to people with disabilities). Accommodations are available on request for applicants who are short-listed. To confidentially request accommodations, please contact Garima Arora via email at garima.arora@ubc.ca.

To learn more about UBC’s Centre for Workplace Accessibility, please visit their website: https://hr.ubc.ca/health-and-wellbeing/working-injury-illness-or-disability/centre-workplace-accessibility.

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.

The Faculty of Applied Science includes all UBC Engineering activities at both the UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, as well as the Schools of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Community and Regional Planning and Nursing. The Faculty was one of UBC’s three founding faculties, admitting some of the University’s first students in engineering in 1915. The Faculty includes over 300 full-time faculty members and more than 8,600 students.

The Faculty of Applied Science comprises a unique constellation of disciplines and is committed to creating lasting change by discovering and applying knowledge.  Our core purpose is to discover, design, and innovate, provide unwavering top-tier education, and champion a community of responsible professionals devoted to serving a thriving, sustainable and healthy society.  Our work and the professional disciplines we represent span the entire human-centred built environment. We represent innovation at all scales from nanoscale electronic devices that power communications to the design of entire cities.

The UBC Vancouver Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of thexʷm əθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. The City of Vancouver is located on Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations territory.

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 of Canada will be given priority.

 

Keywords:

Lecturer

Course Development

machine learning

biomedical engineering

and biomedical imaging

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