NPAW 2021: Finding a Faculty Position - The Academic Job Search
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In celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, hear from a panel of former UBC postdocs about their journeys on the academic job search, the interview process, and their experiences in securing tenure-track careers.
Moderated by Professor and Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Studies Dr. Mark MacLachlan, this panel features:
- Dr. Chelsey Geralda Armstrong - Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies; Simon Fraser University
- Dr. Armin Bodaghkhani - Assistant Professor, Engineering; University of Prince Edward Island
- Dr. Saima Hirani - Assistant Professor, School of Nursing; UBC
- Dr. Ryan Hulteen - Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology; Louisiana State University
- Dr. Caroline Ritter - Assistant Professor, Atlantic Veterinary College and Canada Research Chair in Veterinary Social Epidemiology (Tier 2); University of Prince Edward Island)
This event is part of 2021 National Postdoc Appreciation Week. Click here for a list of all NPAW events!
Dr. Mark MacLachlan
Dr. Mark MacLachlan is a Professor of Chemistry and the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Science. He started his faculty position at UBC in 2001 after completing his PhD at the University of Toronto and a post-doc at MIT. His research is at the intersection of supramolecular chemistry and materials chemistry, where his team controls weak interactions between molecules to assemble complex, hierarchical structures that can be used in sensing and energy applications. Mark holds the Canada Research Chair in Supramolecular Materials and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. During his career, he has mentored and supervised more than 30 PhD students and 35 post-docs at UBC.
Dr. Chelsey Geralda Armstrong is a historical ecologist and archaeologist specializing in ancient human land-use in the Pacific Northwest. She is assistant professor in Indigenous Studies at Simon Fraser University and director of the Historical and Ethnoecological Research Lab.
Dr. Armin Bodaghkhani is an assistant professor at the faculty of sustainable design engineering at University of Prince Edward Island. Prior to this, Dr. Bodaghkhani earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering (specializing in fluid mechanics and energy conversion) from Sharif University of Technology. Upon graduation he moved to Canada, and he started his Ph.D. at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Mechanical engineering, where he worked on an industry-based project with Equinor and ABS. He graduated in early 2018 from Memorial University. Upon his graduation, he received a MITACS Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship, tenured at the department of mechanical engineering at University of British Columbia and moved to Vancouver. During PDF, he worked on an industrial based project focused on the simulation of multiphase bubble plume aerators intending to increase the efficiency of these devices. Dr. Bodaghkhani worked for industry and carried out research for various industrial sectors such as medical institute, Military, fisheries, oil and gas, and transportation companies. His recent research focuses on wave energy conversion, study of yield-stress droplet, and adaptation of convolutional neural network in study of turbulent flow.
Dr. Saima Hirani is an Assistant professor at the UBC, School of Nursing since July 2020. She is a mental health promotion researcher committed to improve mental health and well-being of vulnerable populations. Dr. Hirani has been working on various multidisciplinary community-based projects in Pakistan and Canada. Her work has been published in various international peer reviewed journals and has the potential to inform policies that influence the well-being of individuals and communities.
Dr Ryan Hulteen is an Assistant Professor within the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University. Prior to this position, he completed his PhD at the University of Newcastle in Australia, as well as two postdoctoral research fellowships at Australian Catholic University (Sydney, Australia) and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). His research takes a developmental perspective to better understand motor skill acquisition, motor skill assessment and physical activity participation. Specifically, his research aims to understand what are the most salient motor skills needed to be active across the lifespan, how to best assess these skills at different ages and how the association between motor competence and various health-related constructs change across the lifespan.
Dr. Caroline Ritter received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Germany, later branching out into a career in animal health and welfare research. She completed a PhD at the Department of Production Animal Health, University of Calgary in 2018, and held a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship with the University of British Columbia’s Animal Welfare Program (2018-2020). Dr. Ritter recently joined the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island to explore how improvements to animal health and welfare can be achieved through a better understanding of the decisions made by animal owners and custodians. Dr. Ritter’s work combines social science, veterinary epidemiology, and animal welfare research to bring forth new advancements in animal care best practice.
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