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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver campus, invites applications for a term-faculty position at the rank of Research Associate with a start date of February 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter. We would like to invite candidates for a multidisciplinary project investigating the relationship between head impact exposure, concussion biomechanics, and brain structural as well as functional changes at UBC. This is a multi-year project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant, and led by principal investigators Dr. Lyndia Wu, Dr. Alex Rauscher, and Dr. Paul van Donkelaar.

Concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury, is a major public health concern. The injury mechanism and pathology are poorly understood, resulting in ineffective prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Alarmingly, mounting evidence indicates that even subconcussive / subclinical head impacts may be associated with long-term brain changes. In this project, our goal is to prospectively and longitudinally investigate the effects of both concussions and subconcussive head impacts in varsity competitive ice hockey players. We will apply state-of-the-art wearable head impact sensors, novel UBC-developed myelin water imaging techniques, award-winning quantitative susceptibility mapping methods, and unique sensitive neurocognitive tests in a rigorous study design where we will gather pre-injury baseline data as well as monitor brain structural / functional changes longitudinally.

This research position is at minimum a 2-3 year appointment and will provide an opportunity to lead the large multidisciplinary field study as well as the analysis of multi-modal, multi-dimensional biomechanics, neuroimaging, and neurocognitive data, with the potential to make novel discoveries in the mechanism and recovery of mild traumatic brain injury. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Desired qualifications:

  • PhD in mechanical engineering, bioengineering, physics, neuroimaging or related fields.
  • Expertise in biomechanics, neuroimaging, or related areas.
  • Past experience in human participant field studies, especially with sports populations.
  • Past experience or demonstrated potential in managing large-scale multi-lab studies.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • a brief statement of research experiences and interests,
  • your Curriculum vitae, and
  • contact information for at least two references at .

Please submit the requested documents in one combined .PDF file. Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2021 at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time.

This posting is for the UBC Vancouver campus in British Columbia, Canada.

Please refer to reference number EU-54648 during correspondence about this position.

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.

About UBC
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

About UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science
The Faculty of Applied Science comprises a unique constellation of disciplines – including the Schools of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Community and Regional Planning and Nursing, as well as all engineering activities at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Our work and the professional disciplines we represent span the entire human-centred built environment and innovation at all scales – from nanoscale electronic devices that power communications to the design of entire cities.

There has never been a more urgent time for our professions – as planners, architects, nurses and engineers – to come together to build upon our existing strengths and ambitions to ensure a thriving society, to make real impact locally and globally.

With a community of over 300 full-time faculty members and more than 8,600 students across our undergraduate and graduate programs, we shape the leaders and professions that shape the world.

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