British Columbia

Chair, School of Engineering


Beginning in September 2019, the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) will be offering an expansion of the fully accredited joint Environmental Engineering program with the University of British Columbia (UBC). In addition, a new Civil Engineering degree program will begin to be offered at the same time. UNBC is receiving start-up funding from the government for the new civil and environmental engineering degree programs. This funding will ramp up to support first students’ entry into the new programs in September 2019 and a total of 280 spaces by 2022-23, with 70 graduates per year expected by 2023. UNBC also offers a Masters Degree in Integrated Wood Design which is housed in the Wood Innovation & Design Centre.

Now, during this time of expansion, the university seeks an inaugural Chair, School of Engineering who will help create a new, vibrant, and responsive Engineering program at one of Canada’s leading undergraduate Universities.


Reporting to the Dean of the College of Science and Management, the Chair will be committed to the mission and values of the University of Northern British Columbia, providing creative and inspirational leadership for a diverse body of faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to create a team of faculty and staff committed to the highest standards of excellence in Environmental and Civil Engineering education and research. The Chair will lead this team in designing and delivering a dynamic, industrially relevant program intended to be responsive to the needs of northern British Columbia and beyond. The Chair will also be responsible for continuing to grow the existing joint Environmental Engineering program with UBC, the Master in Integrated Wood Design program and to establish a research based Master of Applied Science in Engineering program. The Chair will work collaboratively to deliver a program for Engineering which encompasses the entire province and has a global reach. The candidate will work closely with industry and design professionals in both Canada and abroad, ensuring the program is vivacious, connected, and relevant.


As the ideal candidate, you are a person of vision with a desire to lead the development of Engineering education in a northern setting, in conjunction with an overall program of expansion for Engineering within British Columbia. An articulate spokesperson for both Environmental and Civil Engineering, you are energetic, innovative, and internationally recognized. You have proven experience in building effective and innovative teams and are an engaging instructor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. You are known for your interdisciplinary approach and ability to connect with fellow academics, the engineering community, and the community-at-large. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a relevant discipline and be a Professional Engineer in Canada or have credentials which will allow them to become registered in Canada within three years.


This Chair is for a 5-year renewable term and the appointment will be accompanied by a tenured academic appointment at the rank of Full or Associate Professor.


This is an exciting opportunity to live in a community with spectacular outdoor recreational opportunities and join a vibrant, dynamic culture on campus. Make your mark with this leading post-secondary institution.


If you’re interested in this opportunity, please contact Katherine Frank or Jason Ozon at 902-421-9849 for more information, or please apply online by clicking “Apply Now” on the button below.


UNBC is a primarily undergraduate, research intensive university located near the geographic center of beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Established in the community of Prince George in 1994, UNBC has quickly built a reputation as a top ranked Canadian University in both undergraduate and graduate education, along with an excellent research profile. UNBC values experiential learning, student engagement, and interdisciplinary study. Its low student to faculty ratio provides both undergraduate and graduate students with substantial opportunities to work closely with faculty and gain valuable research experience. Its graduates are becoming the leading researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs in the North and beyond.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.



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