Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

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Faculty Positions

We have the following openings for faculty positions:

Instructor/Senior Instructor/Professor of Teaching in Manufacturing Automation

The Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus) seeks an outstanding individual specialized in manufacturing automation for a tenure-stream position in the Educational Leadership stream, rank to be determined commensurate with background and career stage. Specific areas of interest of this search include analog and digital electronics, sensors, actuators, instrumentation, embedded systems, real-time software applications and industrial automation. Industrial experience in the applications of electronic instrumentation and automation is an asset. The starting date of the position will be July 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Faculty of Applied Science at UBC has recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Over this period, the Faculty has distinguished itself with excellence in teaching and research. The Faculty has embarked on the creation of a new undergraduate program in Manufacturing Engineering that is jointly run by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Materials Engineering.

The candidate must hold a PhD degree, or equivalent, in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a closely related field, and will be expected to register as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia. Information on the Faculty of Applied Science and the UBC Manufacturing Engineering Program are available at and

Educational leadership faculty is expected to teach courses, engage in curriculum development and pedagogical innovation, develop and implement innovative teaching practices related to design and laboratory education, and provide service within the University and to both the academic and broader community. The successful candidate will take a leading role in enhancing the teaching and learning environment in the Manufacturing Engineering program. This includes the development and delivery of core courses in the Manufacturing Engineering curriculum, active participation in capstone design projects, development of undergraduate laboratories, and enriching the learning experience of students. Applicants must have either demonstrated or possess a clear potential and interest in achieving excellence in teaching and learning, in educational leadership, and in providing service to the University and community.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a short statement of technical and teaching interests and accomplishments, including information on how their teaching would contribute to a diverse academic environment, and the names and addresses (e-mail included) of four referees. Applications must be submitted online using the Job ID 36321 at

Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2020 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. After January 31, 2020, please send your application to All positions are subject to final budgetary approval.

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 of Canada will be given priority.

Term Faculty Positions

Mechanical Engineering regularly hires term faculty to teach one or more courses during the academic year. This includes sessional faculty, teaching adjunct faculty, visiting faculty, and teaching appointments of existing Ph.D. candidates and Postdoctoral Fellows.

The Mechanical Engineering Department has openings for Sessional and Adjunct Lecturers starting in the 2019W academic year. Please visit the term faculty information page to find out more about positions currently available.

Staff Positions

Instrumentation and Electronics Engineering Generalist

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply to the position outlined below through, to competition 36424.

Job Summary

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University British Columbia is a mid-sized Department with over 450 undergraduate students, 250 graduate students, 30 research faculty, 7 teaching faculty, and 16 staff. The program offers an accredited undergraduate program leading to an E.I.T. designation, M.Eng. and MEL professional Masters programs, and research-based graduate programs at the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. levels. This position supports the Manufacturing Engineering undergraduate program, which is also expected to lead to an E.I.T. designation. These programs are supported by technical services from a machine shop, an instrumentation shop, and IT services.

This position is responsible for providing front-line technical consultation and advice for a wide variety of electronics and instrumentation projects across the manufacturing and mechanical engineering curriculums and a breadth of engineering research activities. The ideal candidate will have broad, generalist knowledge across many areas of electronics, instrumentation, and software systems, and have the skill set to effectively see a project from concept through completion.

The position is responsible for maintaining and calibrating a large collection of specialized and custom instrumentation and electronic teaching apparatuses and equipment, and creating detailed technical instructions and schedules for safe operation, testing, and maintenance. The position incumbent will provide assistance and individualized instruction to students on selecting and using appropriate tools and equipment for their work. They will also create tutorials and teaching materials of how to use equipment for common operations required in undergraduate laboratories. The position is responsible for laboratory safety activities related to instrumentation and electronics.

The incumbent will also design and build instrumentation and electronics for teaching and research, with technical guidance from the Program Support Electrical Engineer and the Instrumentation Engineer where required.

Please note that this position may require some evening shifts.

Organizational Status

Works independently within task objectives. Administratively reports to the Manager, Facilities & Special Projects. Receives technical guidance from the Program Support Electrical Engineer and the Instrumentation Engineer. Takes direction from the Director of the Manufacturing Engineering Program and senior staff.

Work Performed

Provides design advice and technical assistance to students, including recommending new methods and techniques, and advising on construction, assembly or modifications. Instructs students in the safe use of a standard range of electronic and instrumentation equipment and provides one on one assistance and small group tutorials in basic techniques and operations. Prepares manuals and technical instructions, and self-guided tutorial materials.

Based on general concepts, designs, develops, and prototypes novel, specialized electronic and instrumentation equipment for experimental engineering research. Writes basic software for electronics and instrumentation applications.

Responsible for the calibration, modification, maintenance and repair of Department electronic and instrumentation systems. Manages the loan of specialized departmental instrumentation and electronics equipment to research labs, providing instruction in safe operation and maintaining and calibrating equipment when it is returned.

Supports safety activities related to portfolio. Performs regular walk-throughs of instrumentation and electronics labs for safety compliance and general maintenance.

Completes thorough project scope documentation, including circuit schematic drafts and procedure manuals, and maintains a comprehensive technical library of (a) previous Departmental experiments and laboratory setups and (2) external catalogues, data sheets, and application notes.

Works as part of the Facilities & Staff Administration team and as a member of the program and departmental communities on projects and activities that support current strategic priorities.

Consequence of Error

Responsible for completion of assigned tasks. Exercises judgment in the design and specifications of new equipment and devices. The incumbent will be responsible for calibrating and maintaining specialized equipment required for both teaching and research, so errors in judgement could adversely affect student educational experience and education at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Supervision Received

Reports to the Manager, Facilities and Special Projects for administrative matters. Receives technical guidance and oversight from the Program Support Electrical Engineer and the Instrumentation Engineer. Works independently within task objectives. Administratively reports to the Manager, Facilities & Technical Administration Special Projects. Receives technical guidance from the Program Support Electrical Engineer and the Instrumentation Engineer. Takes direction from the Director of the Manufacturing Engineering Program and senior staff.

Supervision Given

May supervise work by student staff.


Undergraduate degree in Engineering or Applied Science. Minimum of one year experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Broad knowledge in the areas of electrical engineering, instrumentation, and computer science preferred. Knowledge in other related areas an asset. Must be familiar with current relevant safety regulations Strong, demonstrated organizational skills. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, in both technical and layperson styles. Demonstrated problem-solving abilities. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Experience in CAD/CAM, Siemens NX, or CNC machine operations not required but an asset.