Professor (tenure)
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Pulp and Paper Centre in the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus invite applications for the new Canfor Industrial Research Chair in Advanced Bioproducts. The Chair is expected to provide leadership within the university and Canada through a field-defining program focused on establishing the technological breakthroughs and educational advances needed to improve or create commercially viable opportunities for sustainably converting Canada's forest-fibre resource into traditional and new value-added products including fuels, chemical and materials. We seek individuals who have expertise in one or more areas including: reaction engineering and catalysis, biochemical and biomolecular engineering, nanomaterials processing, thermodynamics, colloid science, transport processes and rheology.

It is expected that the successful candidate will qualify for a full-time appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at UBC. As a faculty member and the Canfor Industrial Research chair holder the successful candidate is expected to expand upon UBC's considerable expertise in including lignocellulose biorefining engineering related to the forest-based chemical industry and green engineering of processes and products, pulp and paper science and technology. They are also expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level and actively participate in service to the Department, University, and academic/scientific community. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or in a closely related field, and have a strong commitment to high-quality undergraduate and graduate teaching. Relevant industrial and teaching experience are assets. Applicants must also either have, or be eligible to register within five years with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

The successful candidate must possess the skills, background and motivation needed to quickly build an independent research program of international calibre within the area defined above that leverages current strengths within the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Pulp and Paper Centre, as well as within complementary and affiliated interdisciplinary centres such as the Clean Energy Research Centre and the Michael Smith Laboratories. The candidate should have the skills to interact both in academia and in industry (be able to understand and navigate business and economic realities, and embrace knowledge transfer and value creation). The candidate should have the capacity to manage a complex portfolio of many projects and many people.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a short statement of teaching and research interests, and the name and contact information of four referees must be submitted online at by January 31, 2019. Review of applications will begin immediately after this date and continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will be nominated for a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair (IRC). The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a strong application to be submitted to the IRC program of NSERC within a year after accepting the offer. The anticipated start date of the position is anytime between January 1, 2020-June 30, 2020.

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) degree in Chemical Engineering and to the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Graduate programs leading to the degrees of MEL, M.Eng., M.A.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. are offered in important areas of chemical and biochemical engineering, including fluidization, pulp and paper, biotechnology, environmental engineering, clean energy, biomedical engineering, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, electrochemical engineering, polymer processing, catalysis and process control. Details about the Department and its current research programs are available at, and information on the activities and mandate of the Pulp and Paper Centre are available at

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About Canfor
Canfor is one of the world's largest producers of sustainable lumber, pulp and paper, and is a North American leader in green energy production. We are proud to be leading the forest industry into a bold new future that is reimaging forest products. With our commitment to innovation, we are driving the industry forward through our biochemical and biofuels joint venture with Licella Fibre Fuels Pty. Ltd., where we are focused on turning sustainable wood fibre into green energy and biochemicals. To support the modernization of the construction industry, we are working with customers to evolve our lumber products to better meet their changing needs. We also produce world-renowned pulps with unique attributes that make them an ideal choice for specialty applications from premium tissue to electrical components.

Canfor owns a majority interest in Canfor Pulp Products Inc. and both companies are traded on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols CFP and CFX, respectively.
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 will be given priority.