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We are looking for a new Director for the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC in Vancouver; details below.

More information about the Institute at our website here.  If you want to know anything else, please feel free to contact me (in case anyone gets the wrong idea, I’m one of two Peter Wall Distinguished Professors, so this isn’t my job!).

The University of British Columbia seeks an exceptional scholar and leader to assume the role of Director of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS).

The goal of this internationally recognized Institute is to stimulate collaborative, creative, innovative and interdisciplinary research that makes important advances in knowledge. Established in 1991, PWIAS provides some 450 UBC scholars, as well as other distinguished national and international scholars, a sustained opportunity to exchange ideas through a variety of interdisciplinary initiatives including residential programs, global exchanges and partnerships. Learn more at

The preferred candidate will hold a PhD and be qualified for appointment as a full professor at UBC. The Director is expected to be a full professor of exceptional standing, possessing a broad scholarly vision for interdisciplinarity; a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and interdisciplinary, collaborative research as well as community engagement; and outstanding, proven leadership, administrative and personal skills. A position profile is available here.

In accordance with Government of Canada regulations, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Distinguished national and international scholars are warmly encouraged to apply.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

Please forward a letter of application and CV in confidence to: Ann Campbell, Director, Office of the Vice President Research & International, 111-6328 Memorial Road Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2,

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.