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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Chronic Pain Translational Research

University of British Columbia

The Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics at The University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a full-time faculty position (1.0 FTE) at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Chronic Pain Translational Research. The successful applicant will also be offered membership as a principal investigator at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) and Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH).

The Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics consists of more than 400 physicians and scientists, providing undergraduate and graduate programs in pharmacology and therapeutics, postgraduate residency programs and fellowships in anesthesiology. This faculty appointment within the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics will provide the candidate with access to patients and clinicians located at pain clinics in the Lower Mainland academic anesthesiology hospital sites, and Jim Pattison Outpatient Surgical Centre to facilitate the translation of chronic pain therapies.

ICORD (www.icord.org/), an interdisciplinary research centre with 45 principal investigators, has its home in a 10,000 m2 state-of-the art research facility on the Vancouver General Hospital campus, the Blusson Pavilion, shared with its partners the Rick Hansen Institute and Vancouver Coastal Health’s Brenda and David McLean Integrated Spine Clinic. Through infrastructure funds, ICORD provides substantial core facilities specific to the position including preclinical and clinical research laboratories and the UBC MRI Research Centre will provide key access to advanced neuro-imaging techniques.

The DMCBH (https://www.centreforbrainhealth.ca) builds on UBC's impressive legacy of brain research and brings together experts in the fields of neuroscience, neurology, psychiatry, and rehabilitation in a hub for training, research and clinical care. The DMCBH comprises of more than 160 investigators with multidisciplinary expertise, bridging basic science and clinical care in a state-of-the-art facility on UBC’s Point Grey campus, and provides opportunities for education, collaboration, and interaction with patients from across BC. The DMCBH represents a partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health and the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, and was made possible with a generous donation from Dr. Djavad Mowafaghian as well as contributions from other philanthropists and leaders, as well as those of the federal and provincial governments.

Together, the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, ICORD and DMCBH offer unique environments where basic science research, clinical research, and clinical practice converge to ensure a multi-disciplinary research approach to clinically relevant problems regarding chronic pain. This is crucial to bridging the gap between research and clinical practice to enable translation of research findings into clinical practice. The successful candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with a large and diverse community of basic scientists and clinicians throughout the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, ICORD, DMCBH and the MRI Research Centre at UBC.

The successful applicant will be accountable to the Department Head of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics for overall academic productivity, with the Director of ICORD providing additional day-to-day research mentoring. The incumbent will be expected to take part in undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate pharmacology as well as medical degree program teaching and will work to bridge research and clinical practice in the area of chronic pain using innovative neuro-imaging, and quantitative sensory testing. The successful candidate will be expected to build a strong and productive research lab on two key areas of innovation and translation within the field of chronic pain:

1. Discovery of mechanisms for chronic pain in humans;
2. Application of state of the art imaging techniques to the brain and spinal cord to identify and quantify changes associated with chronic pain, providing a translational tool for bench research to bedside therapy.

In addition, the intent is to develop and use better quantitative measures of pain in pre-clinical and clinical settings; and identify the opportunities to prevent development of chronic pain by working with transitional pain clinics.

Candidates for this position must hold a PhD, MD/PhD, MD/MSc degree or equivalent with postdoctoral research experience. The candidate will have demonstrated clear evidence of the potential to develop an independent research program in the area of chronic pain mechanisms and translational pain therapy assessment techniques such as neuro-imaging, quantitative sensory testing, electrophysiology, and human experimental pain models. The successful candidate will show demonstrated ability to achieve excellence in teaching, and will be expected to participate in the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate teaching activities of the units. The incumbent will also show demonstrated ability in scholarly activity and will be expected to provide service to the University and the broader academic and professional community.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Competitive start-up infrastructure funds will be provided.

A letter of application outlining the applicant’s research and teaching interests, a five-year research plan including research proposals (maximum 2 pages), a detailed curriculum vitae, and the names of three references should be directed to:

Allison Rintoul
Senior Administrator, UBC Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Email: allison.rintoul@ubc.ca
Subject Line: Chronic Pain Translational Research Assistant Professor Position

Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is October 1, 2020 or upon a date to be mutually agreed.
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.

Our Vision: To Transform Health for Everyone.

Ranked among the world’s top medical schools with the fifth-largest MD enrollment in North America, the UBC Faculty of Medicine is a leader in both the science and the practice of medicine. Across British Columbia, more than 11,000 faculty and staff are training the next generation of doctors and health care professionals, making remarkable discoveries, and helping to create the pathways to better health for our communities at home and around the world.

The Faculty — comprised of approximately 2,200 administrative support, technical/research and management and professional staff, as well approximately 650 full-time academic and over 9,000 clinical faculty members — is composed of 19 academic basic science and/or clinical departments, three schools, and 24 research centres and institutes. Together with its University and Health Authority partners, the Faculty delivers innovative programs and conducts research in the areas of health and life sciences. Faculty, staff and trainees are located at university campuses, clinical academic campuses in hospital settings and other regionally based centres across the province.

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.