University of Victoria, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Program ID:UVic-Department of Mechanical Engineering-RAP [#17043]
Program Title: Professor/Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Program Director of Biomedical Engineering
Program Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Location:Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2Y2, Canada [map]
Subject Areas: Mechanical Engineering / biomaterials, engineering design, rehabilitation engineering, 3D cell culture, Bio Systems, microfluidics, rehabilitative/assistive robotics
Appl Deadline:2020/12/01 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/10/01, finished 2021/06/05, listed until 2020/12/01)

*** this program has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

The Faculty of Engineering is inviting applications from qualified candidates for an Associate Professor/ Professor of Biomedical Engineering position. In addition to the regular academic responsibilities, the successful candidate will also assume the role of Program Director for the Biomedical Engineering undergraduate program for a three-year renewable term. This Program is shared between the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering (MECH) and this tenured position will reside within the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

We seek candidates with notable accomplishments and experience in Biomedical Engineering research, inspiring academic leadership, and excellence in teaching and scholarship, who are interested in enhancing the educational mission of the Program. Candidates for the position must have a PhD in biomedical, mechanical, electrical engineering or similar field; industry experience would be an asset. In collaboration with the Department Chair, the Program Director will: 1) Provide academic leadership for the Biomedical Engineering Program in consultation with the ECE and MECH Departments; 2) Ensure the curriculum of the Biomedical Engineering Program meets the program’s goals and strategic plan, accreditation needs, and enable synergy between the academic program and research programs; 3) Provide vision and develop strategy for the program, as well as managing and coordinating the program’s human and fiscal resources; 4) Support the new Professional Masters of Biomedical Systems Program; 5) Represent the Program within the University of Victoria, as well as to provincial and federal agencies, key industry groups, partners and collaborators; 6) Provide leadership for the acquisition of internal and external resources. The expected start date for this position is July 1, 2021.

The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned research and teaching hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. Situated in the Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration. Defined by its edges, this extraordinary environment inspires us to defy boundaries, discover, and innovate in exciting ways. It’s different here, naturally and by design. We live, learn, work and explore on the edge of what’s next—for our planet and its peoples. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation. The University of Victoria Campus is located on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish Peoples and we are privileged to do our work in a way that is inspired by their history, customs, and culture. Please see the University of Victoria’s Territory Acknowledgement for more information.

Our Biomedical Program was established in 2012 and it was the first of its kind in Western Canada. It is currently accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. The program currently has approximately 170 students enrolled at the undergraduate level. These students participate in our mandatory co-op program. Our program attracts excellent, highly motivated students as demonstrated by UVic Engineering’s numerous successful competition teams including the BMed team, which placed second nationally in the Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition in its first year (2019). Furthermore, many students are actively engaged in research lead by the program’s faculty through volunteer, co-op and in-course project opportunities, which leads to a research engaged learning environment. Our program has achieved gender balance and we are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in our program and the Faculty as a whole. The program is supported by 22 tenure and tenure-track faculty members from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer Science including two Canada Research Chairs in Biomedical Engineering. The program is also supported by two administrative staff. For more information about the program, please visit

The Biomedical Engineering Program benefits from participation of its faculty in the multi-disciplinary Center for Biomedical Research and will soon be bolstered by a planned Professional Master’s (MEng) program in Biomedical Systems, which will lead to an expansion of our student body, teaching and research capabilities, and industrial interactions. As well, the program will act as the catalyst to potentially offer a research-based Master’s program (MASc) and Ph.D. program in Biomedical Engineering.

The successful candidate’s research, teaching, and service will need to be at the levels described for a Research Stream faculty member of the Associate Professor or Professor rank as described in the collective agreement between the Faculty Association and the University, the Faculty Evaluation Policy, and the Departments’ Unit Standards. To support accreditation of our engineering programs by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, the successful candidate must obtain either the P.Eng or the Eng.L. license, issued by the Engineers and Geoscientists BC within two years of the candidate’s appointment. To be considered, please submit a completed application package including: a cover letter that addresses the full scope of the job requirements, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching skills (teaching statements, syllabi, evaluation data), statement of research strengths, evidence of administrative experience, and contact information for 3 references at addressed to the Dean, Faculty of Engineering.

In order to be considered, application packages must be received by December 1, 2020. You are asked to upload your C.V. and other personal information to this service, which is provided for the convenience of you and your referees. The service stores data on servers outside of Canada; the data is therefore not in the custody or under the control of the University of Victoria. You may wish to review the privacy statement at If you do not wish to use this service, please submit your complete application package as PDF to: Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

• Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association ( • UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here: • The University of Victoria Campus is located on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish Peoples and we are privileged to do our work in a way that is inspired by their history, customs and culture. • Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact the Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence. • The University of Victoria acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and encourages applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement. • All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Peter Wild, Acting Dean Faculty of Engineering University of Victoria P.O. Box 1700 STN CSC Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2 Canada Telephone: +1-250-721-8612 E-mail: Web:

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Faculty of Engineering
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2

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