Head of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)

The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver Campus, seeks outstanding candidates for the position of Head of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE).  The new Head will be uniquely positioned to build on the considerable strengths and history of the department to lead the next chapter of technological revolution. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2018 or upon a date to be mutually agreed.


About the University

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best globally, and now places among the top 20 public universities in the world.  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. As one of the world's leading universities, The University of British Columbia creates an exceptional and diverse learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.


Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

It is one of the largest academic departments at UBC and the largest engineering department in the Faculty of Applied Science.  It offers educational programs leading to the Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc), Master of Applied Science (MASc), Master of Engineering (MEng), Master of Engineering Leadership in Dependable Software Systems (MEL-DSS), and doctoral (PhD) degrees. Its undergraduate programs are consistently in high demand and attract some of UBC’s best students. Its graduate programs, with a strong interdisciplinary research culture and a history of pioneering contributions and innovations, are among the largest at UBC.



The Head is responsible for visioning, strategic planning, operations, finances, academic affairs, and external relations. The successful candidate will be committed to enhancing the University’s education, research, and service missions and will possess an exceptional scholarly record, leadership skills, and strategic capacity to advance the department. Additional essential qualifications include successful administrative experience in a university, industry, or government environment, the ability to effectively engage a broad range of internal and external constituencies, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.


Person Specification

The Head is expected to hold a Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering or a closely related field, and must qualify for appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at UBC. The Head is also expected to be registered, or be eligible to register, with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (www.egbc.ca).



Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their vision for the UBC ECE Department and their key accomplishments, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for four referees. Review of applications will begin April 16, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. 

For further information and details on how to apply, please download the Appointment Details via the link below using ref 3493. For more information about UBC, visit www.ubc.ca. To learn more about the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, visit www.ece.ubc.ca.

Applicants are asked to complete the following equity survey: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8iyDuBJsBmlUI7P. The survey information will not be used to determine eligibility for employment, but will be collated to provide data that can assist us in understanding the diversity of our applicant pool and identifying potential barriers to the employment of designated equity group members. Your participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous. This survey takes only a minute to complete. You may self-identify in one or more of the designated equity groups. You may also decline to identify in any or all of the questions by choosing "not disclosed".

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.