Professor or Associate Professor in Sustainable Timber-Built Environment (Deadline: March 15, 2021)

About the Position

Applications are invited for a faculty position at the Associate Professor or Professor level in Sustainable Timber-Built Environment in the Department of Wood Science of the Faculty of Forestry at The University of British Columbia.  A PhD degree in Structural Mechanics, Structural Engineering, Wood Science, Applied Science, or related field, and evidence of excellence in teaching, research and extension are required.

Preference will be given to visionary candidates who show promise or accomplishments in one or more of the following areas:

  • Performance of Timber Structures and Components in Fire;
  • Fire Resistance Design Principles;
  • Performance of Hybrid Timber Structures under Extreme Loadings;
  • Resiliency of Wood Building Systems and Recovery after Major Events;
  • Modelling and Testing of Connection Strategies for Wood Members;
  • Multiscale Mechanical Modelling of Wood and Wood Products;
  • Performance of Building Envelope of Timber Structures;
  • Acoustics Performance/Response in Timber Structures;
  • Novel Green and Sustainable Building Technologies and Healthy Buildings in Wood.

Job Description

The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with the UBC’s Chair of Wood Building Design and Construction and the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) through its extension and applied research programs to create effective linkages with the building design community and Canadian wood products manufacturers.  It is envisioned that the person will further link up with other academic units within UBC to create a Research Cluster related to Resilient Timber Building Design and Technologies. Furthermore, the successful candidate will spearhead the creation of a Course-Based Master’s (CBM) degree in the Faculty of Forestry and in the area of timber building engineering and design. The objective of this CBM will be to provide the training to engineers and scientists interested in timber buildings. Teaching related undergraduate/graduate courses, supervising MSc, MASc and PhD students, and securing research funding from external sources such as NSERC and other governmental and industrial organizations are essential components of this appointment.

The Department of Wood Science currently includes 21 faculty members working across a range of disciplines. The Department runs the BSc (Wood Products Processing) program – the largest such program in North America – which fosters direct contacts with industry stakeholders through a vibrant co-op program. CAWP through its extension and applied research programs offers extensive links with Canadian wood products manufacturers and opportunities to work with existing and emerging companies and organizations. A new BSc program in Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology (BEST) was launched in September 2020. The Faculty of Forestry, one of the largest such faculties in the world, includes over 80 faculty members and provides opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with world-class researchers. The Faculty of Forestry offers a range of traditional research degrees and a growing suite of course-based masters programs which attracts students from around the world. For more information on the Department, CAWP and the Faculty of Forestry see,, and

This is a position at the Associate Professor or Professor level (tenure-track or tenured), based on teaching and research experience. The anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2021, but may be negotiated. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. All UBC positions are subject to final budgetary approval.

How to Apply for this Professor Position

Your application package should include a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests relevant to the position, up to five recent publications that highlight your contribution to the field, and the names of three references (colleagues and/or previous supervisors who are familiar with your academic endeavours).  Please also indicate in your application if you are a Canadian or permanent resident of Canada.

Please email your application package in a single PDF file to

The deadline for receiving applications including reference letters is March 15, 2021.  

Questions should be directed to:

Prof. Frank Lam, Chair of Search Committee ( )

More About UBC

The UBC Vancouver campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.  UBC is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. UBC embraces innovation and challenges to the status quo. UBC is dedicated to ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion are embedded throughout the university’s academic and work life, recognizing that significant work remains to be accomplished. For example, UBC’s vision is to be a world leader in the implementation of Indigenous people’s human rights and is guided in a mission of reconciliation as articulated and called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. It is firmly committed to recruiting Indigenous faculty, students, and staff as outlined in its Indigenous Strategic Plan. As one of the world’s leading universities, UBC creates an exceptional 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.

The UBC Faculty of Forestry is one of the world’s leading academic institutions in forestry, conducting both national and international research, and providing undergraduate education in six programs: Urban Forestry, Forest Resources Management, Forest Operations, Natural Resources Conservation, Forest Science, and Wood Science. The Bachelor of Urban Forestry (BUF) program embraces an interdisciplinary approach to urban forests in both urban and peri-urban settings. For more information on the UBC Faculty of Forestry visit

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.

Posted in:

Related Articles