Career Opportunities

Seaspan Chair in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering/Professorship

The Faculty of Applied Science at The University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus) seeks an outstanding individual for a tenure-track or tenured position at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level, who will occupy a named position in association with Seaspan ( The successful applicant will hold an appointment in one or more of the following Departments: Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Civil Engineering. We welcome applications from individuals who have expertise in any of the following areas: marine systems engineering, mechatronics, design, additive manufacturing, clean energy, and autonomous vehicles. The starting date of the appointment will be July 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Candidates should be able to develop an outstanding research program, enhance further existing facilities, and lead a group of graduate students, technicians, and faculty members. Owing to the need for close cooperation with industry and government, a track record of successful industry experience would be an asset. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research in collaboration with the marine industry. Applicants must either have demonstrated, or show potential for, excellence in research, teaching, and service. They will hold a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in Naval Architecture and/or Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Materials Engineering, or a closely related field, and will be expected to register as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia. Successful candidates will be required to apply for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) grants in partnership with the marine industry.

The mission of the Faculty is to serve society through innovation and excellence in teaching and research. Accordingly, candidates must demonstrate a commitment to students, teaching and learning.

The ideal candidate will be eager to join an engaged and welcoming academic community, and will complement our existing research strengths. With the support of their colleagues, the successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally-recognized, externally-funded research program, and will be encouraged to seek collaborative research opportunities in diverse application areas.

The University of British Columbia consistently ranks among the top twenty public universities in the world. Current strategic priorities include: student learning, research excellence, international engagement, sustainability, and creating an outstanding work environment. Please see for more information on employment in the Faculty of Applied Science.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. 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, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority for the position. The position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Applicants are asked to complete the following equity survey: The survey information will not be used to determine eligibility for employment, but will be collated to provide data that can assist us in understanding the diversity of our applicant pool and identifying potential barriers to the employment of designated equity group members. Your participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous. This survey takes only a minute to complete. You may self-identify in one or more of the designated equity groups. You may also decline to identify in any or all of the questions by choosing “not disclosed”. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority for the position. The position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a (4 pages or less) statement of research interests and a research plan, part of which should be a plan for engagement with the marine industry, a (1-2 page) statement of teaching interests and accomplishments, and names and contact information for four referees. Applications are accepted only through, and must be submitted by October 15, 2017.


NAME professor Jasmin Jelovica is currently looking to recruit a Master of Applied Science (MASc) and PhD Research Assistant. Please find information about the two positions below.

MASc on optimization of marine structures

Optimization of complex structures is of paramount importance in marine, civil and other industries. It enables automatic search for optimum (cost, weight, safety, etc.) and can provide designer with valuable insights to the problem, saving time and money. However, the existing optimization algorithms either do not work for these problems or are not fast enough in many design processes.

This 2-year research project aims to develop new approaches to accelerate optimization using evolutionary algorithms. This is a continuation of an earlier work on the same topic. Genetic algorithm and particle swarm algorithm will be used. Ship structures will be optimized considering typical failure criteria from design codes: yielding and buckling of columns and plates. Depending on your background, this can be extended to civil structures as well.

The ideal candidate could be a person who completed undergraduate degree that provides understanding of structural mechanics and basic programming. Knowledge of marine structures will be important for this project, so you either took already courses on naval architecture or are willing to do so within this project. Familiarity with finite element method and tools (e.g. Ansys or Abaqus) will be considered an asset.

PhD in welding material characterization and process modeling

Welding is the main form of joining metals in various industries. The joints unfortunately suffer from lower mechanical properties than the base material, which can cause premature failure with disastrous consequences. Improvements in welding techniques aim at better material properties and reduced imperfections, which is supported by improved simulation techniques that can predict mechanical properties with good level of confidence.

This 4-year project aims to advance weld cladding by various gas metal arc welding (GMAW) technologies. The work will be mainly experimental potentially combined with certain work on computational modelling, depending on your background and interest. It will involve some (or all) of the following aspects: design of experiments (welding), evaluation of resultant weld overlays (with respect to, e.g., microstructures, chemical and mechanical performances, wear and corrosion), and modelling of weld cladding processes (related, e.g., to solidification, phase transformation, and residual stresses). The experimental part of the work will be carried out at the National Research Council Canada facility at UBC campus.

The ideal candidate could be a person who has knowledge of (and interest in) welding metallurgy, physical metallurgy, mechanical/chemical performance of materials (material wear and corrosion), thermodynamics, and solid mechanics/mechanics of materials. Familiarity with finite element method and programming (e.g. ANSYS and MATLAB) will be considered an asset.


Further info:

For both positions, the starting date will be as soon as possible. Salary is defined by the department and is sufficient to cover the living and studying expenses at UBC. A variety of useful information about the two degree programs can be found on the websites of the Mechanical and Civil Engineering departments.

How to apply:

If interested, please send your resume and transcripts to Jasmin Jelovica (