U of British Columbia: tenure-track agroecology position

Originally posted May 25 2015 at UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

The University of British Columbia is seeking outstanding candidates for a full-time, tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.  The position will be affiliated with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm, within the Applied Biology Program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (Vancouver campus).  The anticipated start date is January 1, 2016.

Applicants should have a PhD, postdoctoral or equivalent experience, and expertise and demonstrated ability for outstanding research in the agricultural sciences (e.g. agroecology, soil science, plant science, animal science, aquaculture).  They should have the potential for excellence in teaching at both the graduate and the undergraduate levels and be able to attract excellent graduate students.  They should also have the ability to complement our teaching program, and the potential to fit synergistically into strong research clusters by possessing a suitable disciplinary background and enthusiasm for cooperating across disciplines.  Principal duties of the successful candidate will be (1) to develop a thriving, extramurally funded research program, and (2) to excel in undergraduate teaching and the training of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

How to Apply

Applicants are invited to send:

  1. a curriculum vitae,
  2. names of four references (including addresses, e- mails and telephone numbers),
  3. brief statements (1-2 pages each) describing
    1. (a) a five-year research plan and
    2. (b) teaching philosophy and evidence of potential for effective teaching.

The application package should be sent to the Chair of the Selection Committee c/o Melanie Train, email: melanie.train@ubc.ca (electronic submission of one complete PDF file is required).

The deadline for submission is July 15, 2015.  Enquiries by telephone (604-822-3105), fax (604- 822-6394) or e-mail are welcome.

About the Applied Biology Program

In the Applied Biology Program, our researchers apply principles of biology and other life sciences to the responsible and sustainable use of land, plants and animals, especially in food production systems.  The work of the Program focuses primarily on food security and safety, environmental sustainability, and the ethical management of animals and resources.  Faculty members of the Program emphasize (1) active, student-centred learning, (2) synergistic research clusters, (3) strategic thinking, including environmental and social sustainability, and (4) engaging with the broader community.

UBC is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which is regularly listed as one of the world’s most livable cities. UBC consistently ranks as one of the world’s top research universities.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.  We welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.  In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.