CHBE Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow Transformational Engineering Curricula

Transformational Engineering Curricula

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus, is looking for a candidate to fill a two-year full-time Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow position, starting in September 2023.  The candidate will take on a leading role in the design, implementation, and assessment of a transformational pedagogical strategy for Engineering curricula to be implemented through new learning modules in engineering programs, and the redesign of existing courses, with a focus on the development and integration of sustainability and equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigeneity (EDII) content. This will include the development of new classroom training activities, lecture materials, and assessments that will be implemented in several courses, including for large-scale (400+ students a term) Professional Practice courses.

Though the work focuses on the development and assessment of pedagogical material, the successful candidate may be expected to co-lead educational activities with faculty, teaching assistants and support staff. This rich educational environment will support curriculum development and engineering education research to promote engineering student engagement with sustainability and EDII topics. They will be supervised by departmental faculty who have established engineering education expertise.

UBC’s Vancouver campus is situated at the tip of ʔəlqsən (Point Grey) on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people, surrounded by forest, ocean and mountains. Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the most diverse cities in Canada, and one of the most livable cities in the world. UBC aims to amplify the power of its unique place, people, and expertise to create engineering curriculum benefitting our students and the broader community.

The following summarizes the responsibilities of the position:

  • Design activities and develop EDII and sustainability modules for existing courses.
  • Review the pedagogy and redesign and/or develop content for two large scale Professional Practice courses in engineering.
  • Perform literature reviews on EDII and sustainability teaching and assessment in engineering to determine leading-edge practices.
  • Design rigorous evaluation strategies for EDII and sustainability learning in engineering.
  • Oversee data collection and analysis to evaluate the developed content and pedagogies.
  • Organize and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data using software tools.
  • Write literature for publication in engineering education related conferences, journals, and/or workshops.
  • Attend and present at conferences related to engineering education.

A successful candidate will have:

  • A PhD in any engineering discipline (including engineering education), completed within the last 5 years.
  • Experience teaching in a post-secondary context (e.g. as instructor or teaching assistant).
  • Knowledge of and commitment to EDI, indigeneity/decolonization, and sustainability, preferably in an engineering context.
  • Interest in a career path in post-secondary teaching and learning within engineering (such as the Educational Leadership stream at UBC).

It is preferred (but not required) for a candidate to have:

  • Experience developing curricular content.
  • Experience creating and applying innovative pedagogies.
  • Knowledge of supporting literature in the areas of interest.

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.

Application Process:

Please submit the following documents, combined into one PDF file via Workday:

  • A CV
  • A cover letter stating your particular interest in the position, and your qualifications with respect to the position requirements
  • A 1-page statement on your philosophy and experience of teaching and learning practices
  • A 1-page statement on your current and/or planned contributions to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in academic, professional or community contexts
  • Contact information for three references

Review of applications will begin on July 1st, 2023, and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Submit applications at: Careers (