Term Faculty Opportunities

Term Faculty Opportunities

The Mechanical Engineering Department has three openings for lecturers starting July 1st.  Please visit the “Current Openings” tab to find out more about positions currently available.  The Department anticipates posting opportunities for Sessional Lecturers for the 2019W academic year in June.

If no courses are available or the listed courses are not in your subject area, we also encourage potential term faculty to submit resumes with a cover letter for our files, in case new opportunities arise.

Complete the following steps to submit your application to UBC Mechanical Engineering for contract teaching positions:

1. Read the “Application Requirements” tab, and ensure you meet the requirements.
2. Read the “How to Apply” tab, and begin preparing your application package.
3. Review the courses for which UBC Mechanical Engineering is accepting applications under the  “Courses – Available and Scheduled” and the “Courses – Under Consideration” tabs.
4. Submit your application according to the instructions on the “How to Apply” tab.

Please note that “term faculty” encompasses sessional faculty, teaching adjunct faculty, visiting faculty, and teaching appointments of existing Ph.D. candidates and Postdoctoral Fellows.

Application Requirements

UBC considers both academic and industrial experience when reviewing applications for Term Faculty positions.  The ideal applicant will have demonstrated interest in teaching, learning, and the topic(s) they have applied to teach.

For most courses, applicants must be licensed to practice engineering in British Columbia and be in good standing with Engineers and Geoscientists BC.  Applicants currently pursuing licensure will be considered if they are expected to receive licensure before the start of classes.

Notation in table of available courses Allowable forms of Licensure
Full Licensure One of:

  • P.Eng.
  • Eng.L. with teaching at a post-secondary institution included as a permitted area of practice
In-training Permitted One of:

  • P.Eng.
  • Eng.L. with teaching at a post-secondary institution included as a permitted area of practice
  • E.I.T. status AND less than five years of experience teaching in Canadian post-secondary institutions
Full Licensure preferred
Or
Full / In Training preferred
“Preferred” notations may be added to licensure requirements for elective courses.  Licensure is required for the courses to be open to the largest number of students possible, but exceptional candidates without licensure or who are in progress to licensure will be considered.
Not Required Not Required is noted for courses that do not include significant amounts of engineering science or engineering design.  Licensure is still considered an asset.

Applicants must hold, at minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in engineering (or the discipline of the course they are applying for).  Postgraduate degrees are not necessarily required for those with significant industrial experience.

Note:  In addition to the qualifications above, Ph.D. candidates applying to teach should be aware of UBC Policy 75 and Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements.  Ph.D. candidates should include a completed permission form with their Research Supervisor’s signature (Graduate Advisor signature is not required at this stage) in their application package. Note that Masters students and Ph.D. students who have not achieved candidacy are not permitted to teach while a student.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. UBC is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Positions are subject to final budgetary approval.  Unless otherwise noted, positions are subject to minimum enrollment thresholds.

How to Apply

  1. Email your application package to hr@mech.ubc.ca.
  2. If applying for an advertised opportunity, complete the online application form associated with the job posting.

Application package specifications:

  • Application packages should be a single .pdf file, named as “Last, First – YYYY Term Faculty.pdf”;
  • Your name should appear on the upper-right hand corner of each page of your package;
  • Packages should include the following components, in the order specified:
    • Cover letter;
    • For each advertised course you are applying to teach, a statement of no more than 250 words that explains your qualifications, interest, and experience, as related to that specific course;
    • A current resume of no more than five pages, including: educational background, industrial and academic experience, teaching experience or training, publications and awards, other relevant experience;
    • For new applicants: names and full contact information for at least two referees who can speak to your suitability to teach.
    • For current UBC Ph.D. candidates: Permission to Teach form with Research Supervisor’s signature (Graduate Advisor signature is not required at the application stage).

Current Openings

Lecturer – Full Time

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus, is accepting applications for a full-time Lecturer. This position will be for a 3 year term with the possibility for renewal, subject to the availability of funding and demonstrated excellence in teaching and service. The closing date for applications is June 3, 2019. The preferred starting date for the position is July 1, 2019.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is seeking a candidate who will (1) teach undergraduate and graduate courses in design, applied mechanics, and other areas as needed, (2) coordinate the undergraduate fourth year design project course, and (3) identify opportunities and implement improvements in design pedagogy in the existing curriculum. In addition to course development and teaching responsibilities, this position is expected to fulfill service duties as assigned by the Department Head. For more information about the Department of Mechanical Engineering, please visit http://mech.ubc.ca.

The successful candidate will hold a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related discipline, and have a strong commitment to high-quality teaching. Candidates are expected to have passion for teaching, excellent communication skills, and working knowledge of modern teaching methods and supporting tools. Specific expertise in Design Theory and Methodology is preferred. Strong ties to, or experience working in industry is an asset. The successful candidate must have or be able to obtain a P.Eng. or Eng.L. designation before teaching begins in September 2019.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement (1-2 pages) of academic and teaching interests and accomplishments, and names and addresses (including email) of four referees. Please submit your application using the Job ID 33673 at https://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty-s.php.

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.

Lecturer – Full Time

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus, is accepting applications for a full-time Lecturer. This position will be for a 3 year term with the possibility for renewal, subject to the availability of funding and demonstrated excellence in teaching and service. The closing date for applications is June 3, 2019. The preferred starting date for the position is July 1, 2019.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is seeking a candidate who will (1) coordinate and teach in the undergraduate second year design project course, (2) teach undergraduate courses in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and other areas as needed, and (3) work with faculty on the development and teaching of an intensive course on research skills and data analysis. In addition to course development and teaching responsibilities, this position is expected to fulfill service duties as assigned by the Department Head. For more information about the Department of Mechanical Engineering, please visit http://mech.ubc.ca.

The successful candidate will hold a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related discipline, and have a strong commitment to high-quality teaching. Candidates are expected to have passion for teaching, excellent communication skills, and working knowledge of modern teaching methods and supporting tools. Specific expertise in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics and mechanical design are required. Experience in any of the following areas are considered a strong asset: teaching at an introductory undergraduate level (1st and 2nd year), teaching content in an integrated format with a focus on application of theory, developing and designing new course content, and performing research in engineering and data analysis. The successful candidate must have or be able to obtain an E.I.T., P.Eng., or Eng.L. designation before teaching begins in September 2019; a successful candidate with an E.I.T. designation is expected to apply for a P.Eng. designation as soon as they are eligible to do so.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement (1-2 pages) of academic and teaching interests and accomplishments, and names and addresses (including email) of four referees. Please submit your application using the Job ID 33671 at https://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty-s.php.

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.

Lecturer – Part-Time

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus, is accepting applications for one or more part-time (50%) Lecturer(s). This position will be for a 1-, 2-, or 3-year term with the possibility for renewal, subject to the availability of funding and demonstrated excellence in teaching and service. The closing date for applications is June 3, 2019. The preferred starting date for the position is July 1, 2019.

The Lecturer will be expected to teach 3 Mechanical Engineering courses at introductory and advanced levels. Specific course assignments will be determined by the needs of the Department and at the discretion of the Department Head. In addition to course development and teaching responsibilities, this position is expected to fulfill service duties as assigned by the Department Head. For more information about the Department of Mechanical Engineering, please visit http://mech.ubc.ca.

The successful candidate will hold a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related discipline, and have a strong commitment to high-quality teaching. Candidates are expected to have passion for teaching, excellent communication skills, and working knowledge of modern teaching methods and supporting tools. The successful candidate must have or be able to obtain a P.Eng., or Eng.L. designation before teaching begins in September 2019.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement (1-2 pages) of academic and teaching interests and accomplishments, and names and addresses (including email) of four referees. Please submit your application using the Job ID 33672 at https://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty-s.php.

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.

Courses – Under Consideration

UBC Mechanical Engineering is accepting applications for a number of courses that are being considered, but are not presently scheduled.  Courses will be scheduled based on student demand and the availability of qualified instructional staff.

Course Number Course Title Term Licensure Requirement
N/A No specific courses at this time, but general applications for our files are encouraged. Full / In Training preferred

Official UBC course descriptions can be found at http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/courses.cfm?code=MECH.  Past syllabi for some of the courses can be found at http://mech.ubc.ca/our-department/courses.