Dean, Faculty of Science

Open Date July 06, 2017
Close Date December 31, 2017

Please note: this search will remain open until the position is filled. 

The University of British Columbia, one of the world’s most dynamic universities, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Faculty of Science. 

UBC’s vision is to create 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. Ranked among the top 40 universities globally, with campuses in Vancouver and the Okanagan, UBC has 61,000 students and offers both intellectual riches and an unrivalled quality of life.

The Faculty of Science is a world-leader in research and science education.  With a $200M annual budget, it is home to over 9,400 students, 429 faculty, and 530 staff in twelve academic departments. 

The Faculty’s research success in environmental science, math, physics, biological sciences, computer science, chemistry, and geology is consistently rated among the best in Canada, and within the top 20 globally, by various international and national rankings.    The Faculty received over $100M in external research funding last year and has created 78 spin-off companies since inception.

This research excellence is coupled with the Faculty’s standing as a recognized leader in science education.  Starting with the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative, the Faculty of Science has invested millions of dollars to transform science education for undergraduate students.  To date, over 180 courses have been changed through this initiative.  The Faculty is also committed to hands-on undergraduate education – 2,000 science students participate in the co-op program or carry out undergraduate directed research projects each year.

The new Dean will bring a successful track record in significant administrative roles in a well-respected, research intensive university.  The Dean will have a strong track record in research and teaching, which they will bring to bear in their role in promoting excellence in both research and education.  A strategic leader with the capacity and vision to build on the momentum that the Faculty has achieved in recent years, the new Dean will be collaborative and have strong interpersonal and communication skills.  The new Dean’s background and credentials will merit an appointment as full professor in a Science department at UBC. This is an opportunity to lead a world-class science Faculty, with tremendous forward momentum, situated in a city that consistently ranks as one of the three most liveable cities in the world. 

To explore this opportunity and receive the full position profile, submit nominations, or to apply, please contact our search consultants in Boyden’s Vancouver office at 604-685-0261 (ask for Alex Verdecchia) or email:

View the full Executive Brief for the position here.

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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.


The President’s Advisory Committee for the selection of a new Dean of the Faculty of Science has been established with following membership, consisting of elected and appointed positions, per UBC Policy #21, “Appointment of Deans and Principals”:

Dr. Gage Averill, Dean, Faculty of Arts
Ms. Kate Carr, Executive Assistant, Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic (Secretary)
Dr. James Colliander, Professor, Mathematics, and Director, PIMS
Ms. Janie McCallum, Assistant Dean, Human Resources
Dr. Michael Gold, Professor and Head, Microbiology and Immunology
Dr. Milind Kandlikar, Professor, Institute for Environment and Sustainability
Mr. Nicholas McGregor, Graduate Student
Dr. Mark MacLachlan, Professor and CRC, Chemistry, and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies pro tem
Mr. Jamie Magrill, Undergraduate Student
Dr. Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President Academic (Chair)
Dr. Alla Sheffer, Professor, Computer Science
Dr. Dominique Weis, Professor and CRC, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences 

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