Chair – Associate or Full Professor, School of Engineering

Posting #FAENG01-20 EC

Chair – Associate or Full Professor            


School of Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering



The University of Northern British Columbia invites applications for a Tenured Chair’s position in the School of Engineering at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, with proposed starting date of July 1, 2021. As an institution committed to the fostering of an inclusive and transformative learning environment, UNBC values high quality and growth in both teaching and scholarship.


Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Chair will be committed to the mission and values of UNBC while providing creative and inspirational leadership for a new School of Engineering. The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to lead a dynamic team of twenty established and junior engineering faculty who are committed to the highest standards of excellence and innovation in Environmental and Civil Engineering education and research. The Chair will lead the School in designing and delivering high impact, industrially and community relevant research and knowledge translation programs intended to be responsive to the needs of northern British Columbia and beyond. This Chair position is for a 5-year renewable term and the appointment will be accompanied by a tenured academic position at the rank of Full or Associate Professor.


The ideal candidate will be a person of vision with a desire to lead the development of engineering education, and research and community engagement in a northern setting. An articulate spokesperson for both Environmental and Civil Engineering, the Chair will be energetic, innovative, and recognized by peers for effective teaching, research, and engineering practice. The successful candidate will have proven experience in building and leading effective teams, including mentoring faculty through all career phases. The Chair will be known for their interdisciplinary approaches and ability to connect with students, fellow academics, the engineering community, and the community-at-large. Experience or aptitude for external fundraising, industry and inter-institutional academic partnerships, international cooperation, Indigenous engagement, and infrastructure development will be valuable assets.


Applicants for this position must hold a PhD in a relevant discipline and have a record of increasingly responsible leadership roles. The Chair will be a Professional Engineer in Canada or have credentials which will allow them to become registered in British Columbia within three years.



About the University and its Community

Located in the spectacular landscape of northern British Columbia, UNBC is one of Canada’s best small research-intensive universities, with a core campus in Prince George and three regional campuses in Northern BC (Quesnel, Fort St. John and Terrace). We have a passion for teaching, discovery, people, the environment, and the North. Our region is comprised of friendly communities, offering a wide range of outdoor activities including exceptional skiing, canoeing and kayaking, fly fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. The lakes, forests and mountains of northern and central British Columbia offer an unparalleled natural environment in which to live and work.

UNBC provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities that explore cultures, health, economies, sciences, and the environment. As one of BC’s leading research-intensive universities, we bring the excitement of new knowledge to our students, and the outcomes of our teaching and research to the world. In addition to fostering and celebrating academic excellence, UNBC is a welcoming place, with a learning environment that is friendly, inclusive, and supportive.

Small classes and a connected community exemplify UNBC and mean that our students and professors get to know one another. Outstanding academics, hands-on research, unlimited adventure and a tight-knit campus community result in strong student satisfaction at UNBC.

For the past 10 years, UNBC has placed in the top three in its category in the annual Maclean’s University Rankings, the only university of its size to achieve that feat. UNBC also recently placed among the top 4 per cent of higher education institutions worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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To Apply


Applicants should forward their cover letter indicating potential contributions to the Program, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching approaches and research program, and the names and addresses of three references (including telephone and email information) quoting posting #FAENG01-20 EC to:


Office of the Provost, University of Northern British Columbia

3333 University Way, Prince George, B.C., V2N 4Z9


Email submissions:    

Inquiries: Debby Foster, Administrative Assistant - Engineering

(250) 960-6250


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.


We thank all applicants for their interest in UNBC however, only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.


Applications received on or before March 21, 2021, will receive full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled