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October 1, 2023 / University of British Columbia - Assistant Professor in Control and Learning Systems

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Assistant Professor in Control and Learning Systems

Assistant Professor in Control and Learning Systems

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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver campus invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of fundamental methods for control and learning system. Appointment at the rank of Associate Professor with or without tenure may be considered in exceptional cases. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2024, or shortly thereafter.

We are interested in candidates whose research interests include, but are not limited to, multi-agent decision-making in uncertain and dynamic environments, control of networked systems, safe optimization and learning, reinforcement learning, game theory and distributed control, secure control systems, as well as stochastic and data-driven optimization and control.


The successful applicant will be expected to develop an independent research program that complements the department’s existing strengths, assume teaching responsibilities at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and provide service to the university and the community.

The successful applicant should have a record of research excellence or the promise of establishing a distinguished record of research and publications (as demonstrated by publications in leading venues for control and learning systems) and the ability to collaborate and innovate across disciplines within and/or outside of electrical and computer engineering.

Candidates must also demonstrate how their research is capable of advancing methodological innovation through collaborative efforts across academic disciplines and/or with non-academic partners, with a clear focus on addressing contemporary societal challenges. Highly qualified individuals will excel in collaborative environments and pursue opportunities to collaborate with and learn from specialists in various domains.

Education is a key component of this role. Candidates should possess strong instructional skills to teach fundamental electrical and computer engineering courses and specialized topics aligned with their research interests at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Successful applicants will be responsible for mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in research and design projects.

Applicants should hold a doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering (or a closely related field) by their anticipated start date and must be eligible to obtain a full or limited license with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia within five years of appointment.

In assessing applications, UBC recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., maternity leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

UBC is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable work environment for all members of its workforce. An inclusive work environment presumes an environment where differences are accepted, recognized, and integrated into current structures, planning, and decision-making modes. Within this hiring process we will make efforts to create an inclusive and equitable process for all candidates (including but not limited to people with disabilities). Confidential accommodations are available on request for all candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. To request such accommodations, please contact the Department Head, Dr. Lutz Lampe, at

To learn more about UBC’s Center for Workplace Accessibility, visit

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the BC 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 of Canada will be given priority.


All applications must be submitted online at Applicants should submit:

— a cover letter describing your suitability for the position;
— a current curriculum vitae;
— a research statement describing your research expertise and experience, your research plan as a new faculty member, current and potential collaborators (at UBC and elsewhere), and potential sources of funding;
— a teaching statement describing your teaching philosophy (including specific examples that have informed your teaching philosophy), courses taught, teaching interests, and other educational activities;
— a diversity statement, addressing how you have been contributing to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive academic environment, and will continue to do so at UBC;
— the names and contact information (including email addresses) of four referees who may be contacted to submit references.
The deadline for applications is December 3, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.


The University of British Columbia is a Tier One research university with over 55,000 students and 5,700 faculty, ranked among the top twenty universities in the world and the top three in Canada. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is one of the largest academic units at UBC, with over 400 graduate students and 1,100 undergraduate students. Our department is anticipating significant renewal over the next few years as we strengthen key areas in high demand. Our research and teaching activities benefit from strong links to the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS), the Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory (AMPEL), and the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (QMI), as well as strong collaborations with the Department of Computer Science and other units within the Faculty of Applied Science. The department is situated on UBC’s Point Grey campus in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver is consistently rated as one of the world’s most livable cities. The University of British Columbia and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering acknowledge the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) people on whose traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory the University resides.


For more information about the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, please visit Please direct inquiries about the position and the application process to

How to Apply

Application Deadline: 03/12/2023

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