Assistant Professor (Neurobiology) – University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor (Neurobiology).

The Department of Biology, in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan campus invites applications for an appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, with specialization in cellular/molecular neurobiology.  This is a tenure-track position and is expected to start on July 1, 2024, or soon thereafter.

We encourage applications from candidates performing fundamental studies of development, neurogenesis, neural circuit biology, plasticity, glia-neuron interactions, and/or molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, neuroimmunology, mood disorders, pain, or the gut-brain axis.  The department will consider a wide range of subfields and study models in molecular and/or cellular neurobiology. Relevant areas of current departmental research include neurotrophin action, neuroimmune mechanisms, neurodegeneration, and neuronal stress using murine and Drosophila models.

The candidate must hold a PhD in biology or a related field, with relevant postdoctoral research expertise in neurobiology and demonstrated potential for excellence in research. Candidates are expected to demonstrate an exceptional commitment to the teaching and mentoring of students. Evidence of strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is also required. Knowledge of best practices in open science is an asset.

As one of the campuses of the University of British Columbia, UBC Okanagan offers a globally recognized degree at a more intimate campus with 9,600 undergraduates and 1,065 graduate students. Biology is one of four administrative units within the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science. The Biology Department’s 28 faculty are actively engaged in mentoring >900 undergraduate students in five majors (Biology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Ecology, Evolutionary and Conservation Biology; Zoology), as well as >80 MSc and PhD students. In the past five years, the department has received a total of $15 million in research funding to support >400 different projects.

UBC Okanagan is located in the city of Kelowna, on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx people of the Okanagan nation.  Kelowna is connected by direct flights to major Canadian and USA cities and the region is considered one of the most desirable regions to live in Canada. For more information about the Okanagan Campus, see For more information about the Faculty of Science, see  Information about the surrounding community can be found at:


How to Apply

Applications are to be submitted online and must include:

  • a cover letter that includes a statement as to whether the candidate is legally entitled to work in Canada
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a two-page statement of research plans, which must: articulate a long-term vision that demonstrates impact in the field and/or on society; outline short-term objectives; and define the methodologies to be employed
  • a one-page statement of teaching experience and teaching philosophy
  • a one-page diversity statement (i.e., experience working within a diverse environment and your contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion on campus)
  • the names of three referees who have agreed to submit letters of reference, if requested


The deadline for application is September 15, 2023.

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

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science at UBC Okanagan is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of our community. We ask that all applicants complete a voluntary survey at

( that that will help us to assess the effectiveness of our efforts to reach a broad group of potential applicants.

UBC is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive, non-discriminatory and accessible work environment for all members of its workforce. UBC is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants.  If you require accommodations or have questions about UBC benefits, services or accommodations policies, please contact Jacky Ivans, Relocation and Benefits Associate at .

Please direct inquiries to: Ms. Cheryl Craig, Department of Biology e-mail:

Posting End Date

September 16, 2023