HELP Faculty Job Posting: Assistant Professor (Grant-Tenure Track) – Developmental Trajectories

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), a research institute in the College for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia, invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor (Grant-tenure track).

The position is for initially a term of three years and if renewal is granted, for two additional years.  Renewal is dependent on funding and performance. The position is expected to begin on July 1, 2012.

Job Summary
The position is grant-funded. This position will be focused in one of HELP’s core research areas: developmental trajectories.  The successful candidate will take the lead in realizing the research potential of HELP’s immense population level data holdings that include ten years of school readiness data that is now linkable to data from the Kindergarten to Grade 12 system. The candidate will also incorporate data from the Middle Years Development Instrument a new tool (created at UBC) which monitors the social and emotional development of children in Grade 4.  The potential for deepening the understanding of the trajectories of children’s development and the relationships to school and future success with this data is great.

The candidate will also:
- Analyze statistically significant differences in the Early Development Instrument over time;
- Develop  population profiles using EDI results to understand children’s development across the subscales;
- Jointly lead the development of both the Aboriginal and the multi-cultural research agendas at HELP.

The candidate will also be the lead researcher for the Pan-Canadian Early Child Development Monitoring Forum, a national network working towards building a comprehensive system of monitoring children’s development across the country.  The researcher will access existing monitoring platforms and will collaborate on the creation of an 18 month old child development indicator.  The individual will work closely with physicians, scholars and community representatives to both inform his/her research as well as ensure there is knowledge mobilization to clinicians, policy makers, teachers, schools and community organizations with a mandate for early child development.

The candidate will be required to teach two courses per year at a graduate level.  Depending on the individual’s background and expertise, there will be teaching opportunities in the other UBC Faculties related to the theme of developmental trajectories.  
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants must have completed a PhD in psychometrics with a specialization in child development and have recent and proven work experience in researching developmental trajectories, integrating theoretical, empirical and conceptual work on validation and methodological questions and have worked extensively with the Early Development Instrument.  As well the successful candidate will have completed a post-doctoral fellowship in early child development and be eligible for a joint appointment with another faculty.
Applicants must be and have a demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students; a proven record of excellence in teaching.  Applicants must be a successful teacher capable of providing instruction at the various levels in his or her discipline.

How to Apply
Applications must include curriculum vitae, at least three reference letters, evidence of teaching effectiveness, evidence of completion of academic qualifications and a statement of research and teaching interest.  Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada.

The deadline for applications is December 31, 2011.

Please send the requested materials by email to:
ATTN: Assistant Professor - Developmental Trajectories Search (HELP)
Cheryl Rubuliak, Human Resources & Administration Manager
Human Early Learning Partnership, University of British Columbia
Suite 440 – 2206 East Mall,  Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3

Inquiries may be addressed to
Information about HELP is available at

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. UBC is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.