Call for Applications for Research Advisors

The Vice-President Research and Innovation (VPRI) Office relies on faculty research advisors to provide strategic guidance, advice and leadership regarding research funding.  Each advisor holds primary responsibility for a funding domain corresponding to a federal granting agency:

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR);
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC);
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC); and
  • Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI). 

The research advisors serve both campus communities, work closely with the SPARC and VPRI offices and report to a designated Associate Vice-President Research & Innovation (AVPRI).

The VPRI is currently searching for new research advisors in the CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC domains.  The successful candidates will be established researchers who hold a broad understanding of their respective research area.  They should have excellent communications skills, be able to work both independently and as part of a team and be aware of and committed to the university’s mission to promote equity, diversity and inclusion.  Prospective advisors should be at the rank of Professor, demonstrate knowledge of UBC research policies and systems, and hold significant grant funding experience.

Specific duties related to each advisor role may be found below.

Research advisors serve a term of three years, which may be renewed once.  They receive compensation, part of which can be used for a course release with the permission of the home unit.  The term begins 1 January, 2021. 

Interested applicants should supply a letter of interest and a copy of their UBC CV.  Applications will be received up until December 7, 2020.   Please direct applications and questions about the advisor roles to Matthew Evenden, AVPRI (matthew.evenden@ubc.ca). 

 


Specific roles of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Advisor
  1. External leadership: Serve as SSHRC leader and attend SSHRC Annual Leaders Meeting. Serve as liaison with Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities.  Host annual visit of SSHRC leadership to UBC for updates and discussions.
  2. Institutional leadership: Keep VPRI leadership and Faculty Associate Deans Research (ADRs) informed about SSHRC programs; serve as liason to the faculty for SSHRC announcements.
    1. Attend ADR meetings and report as required; work with ADRs on share initiatives
    2. Liaise with Office of Research Services (ORS), Research Finance, VPRI and other advisors to maintain strong collaborative relationships
    3. Work with SPARC Director to inform SPARC team of updates to SSHRC programs; plan SSHRC-ADR meetings; and advise on strategy
    4. Participate in internal SSHRC grant reviews
    5. Participate in orientation events for new faculty
    6. Respond to questions and feedback from SSHRC researchers
    7. Prepare briefings and/or presentations at the request of the VPRI
    8. Serve both campus research communities
  3. Grant administration: Manage Hampton Grants program, SSHRC General Research Fund (GRF), SSHRC Bridge funds, and SSHRC Institutional Grants (SIG) funds, including awards allocation to Faculties; chair SSHRC General Research Fund (GRF) committee advising on PG extensions and any application for funds
  4. Adjudication role: Serve as a reviewer for internal grant competitions and selection for external competitions

Specific roles of the Health Research Advisor
  1. External leadership: Serve as CIHR delegate, attend monthly meetings with CIHR via teleconference and the annual meeting with CIHR and the other delegates in Ottawa (typically in June).  Prepare communication in advance of program announcements.  CIHR delegates are encouraged to stand for election to the executive group to receive direct insight and input into CIHR program planning and we encourage the advisor to . Host formal UBC visits from senior CIHR staff and government
  2. Institutional leadership: Keep VPRI leadership and Faculty ADRs informed about CIHR programs as well as opportunities and threats to the health research funding ecosystem; serve as liason to the faculty for CIHR announcements.
    1. Attend ADR meetings and report as required; work with ADRs
    2. Liaise with ORS, Research Finance, VPRI, VP Health, health authorities and other advisors to maintain strong collaborative relationships
    3. Work with SPARC Director to inform SPARC team of updates to CIHR programs; plan CIHR-ADR meetings; and advise on strategy
    4. Participate in internal CIHR grant reviews
    5. Participate in orientation events for new faculty
    6. Respond to questions and feedback from CIHR researchers
    7. Prepare briefings and/or presentations at the request of the VPRI
    8. Serve both campus research communities
  3. Adjudication role: Serve as a reviewer for internal grant competitions and selection for external competitions

Specific roles of the Science and Engineering Research Advisor
  1. External leadership: Serve as NSERC leader and attend annual meeting.  Host occasional visits of NSERC leadership to UBC for updates and discussions.
  2. Institutional leadership: Keep VPRI leadership and Faculty ADRs informed about NSERC programs; serve as liason to the faculty for NSERC announcements.
    1. Attend ADR meetings and report as required; work with ADRs
    2. Liaise with ORS, Research Finance, VPRI and other advisors to maintain strong collaborative relationships
    3. Work with SPARC Director to inform SPARC team of updates to NSERC programs; plan NSERC-ADR meetings; adjudicate NSERC CREATE LOIs internally; and advise on strategy
    4. Liaise with VP Students on NSERC-USRA program
    5. Participate in internal NSERC grant reviews
    6. Participate in orientation events for new faculty
    7. Respond to questions and feedback from NSERC researchers
    8. Prepare briefings and/or presentations at the request of the VPRI
    9. Serve both campus research communities
  3. Grant administration: Chair NSERC GRF committee advising on PG extensions and any application for funds (several per year); adjudication and allocation of emergency funds
  4. Adjudication role: Serve as a reviewer for internal grant competitions and selection for external competitions