Computer Science and Psychology (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)

Nov 16, 2022

The Departments of Computer Science and Psychology at the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia invite applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2023. The successful candidate will hold a joint appointment as a faculty member in both departments.

Prior to this date, the successful applicant will have been awarded a PhD in Computer Science, in Psychology, or in an interdisciplinary programme where the research methods of those disciplines are combined. They will be actively engaged in research at the interface of computer science and psychology, the topics of which may include, but need not be limited to, human computer interaction, the computational modeling of behavioural or neuronal processes, and the use of computational methods to study and/or model aspects of learning, memory, perception and decision making.

Evidence of potential to pursue such research at the highest levels should ideally be given by the candidate’s record of publication, conference participation, and other internationally recognized scholarship, in the fields of both psychology and computer science. By making a contribution to the literature of both disciplines, the successful candidate’s research should have the potential to complement and extend the University of British Columbia’s existing strengths.

The responsibilities of this position include supervising or co-supervising students in psychology and in computer science, facilitating collaboration between faculty members across these and other disciplines, obtaining research funding, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes, and contributing to the intellectual community within the University and more broadly. The teaching responsibilities of the position will include courses in the University’s programme in Cognitive Systems. Finally, candidates will have a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and a commitment to creating a welcoming community where those who are historically, persistently, or systemically marginalized are treated equitably, feel respected, and belong.

Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a CV, (3) a research statement, (4) a teaching statement, and (5) evidence of potential for excellent teaching at all levels, including a record of teaching experience, and syllabi showing how they would teach topics related to their research for an interdisciplinary undergraduate audience. They should include (6) a statement that details (a) personal values and experiences related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, broadly understood; (b) how their present or past research, teaching, mentorship, and/or service support the success and inclusion of students, research participants, and/or other stakeholders from diverse or historically underrepresented backgrounds; and (c) how they foresee these and other endeavors continuing at UBC in a way that will further commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Finally, applicants should provide (7) the names of three confidential referees.

Applications can be submitted online through the Department of Psychology’s Internal Resources website here. The deadline for applications is December 22, 2022.

The University of British Columbia is committed to creating and maintaining an equitable work environment, especially for its employees with disabilities; one in which differences are accepted, recognized, and integrated into working structures, planning, and decision-making. Information regarding UBC’s policies and resources for accommodation and access can be found at the Centre for Accessibility website: In assessing applicants, no detrimental inferences will be drawn from the impact on a candidate’s research achievements of leaves that were taken for reasons such as parenthood or illness.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. Inclusion is built by individual and institutional responsibility through continuous engagement with diversity to inspire people, ideas, and actions for a better world. 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, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Questions about the search can be directed to the committee co-chairs, Dr. Karon MacLean (Computer Science) and Dr. Rebecca Todd (Psychology) at