Quantitative Ecology – Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
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July 11 2019
Job ID: 34453
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Quantitative Ecology – Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

The Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences (IKBSAS) at the Okanagan Campus of the University of British Columbia invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology (http://biol.ok.ubc.ca/welcome.html). The appointment is expected to start on July 1, 2020, or soon thereafter.

Qualified candidates with expertise in quantitative ecology are encouraged to apply.  A doctoral degree and postdoctoral or equivalent experience in biology or a related field are required. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of research productivity; proven ability to obtain external funding in support of a successful program of research; commitment to student mentoring and supervision; demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching and learning relative to stage of career; and an interest in graduate teaching and supervision. The proposed research should complement existing strengths in the Department of Biology and across campus, including one or more of: microbial ecology, human health, agriculture, or conservation biology. 

The successful candidate will be expected to establish an independent, innovative, externally-funded research program that incorporates field and/or lab-based research. The appointee is expected to contribute to the development and delivery of a course in advanced quantitative methods and other courses in her/his area of expertise, and to undertake service responsibilities at the departmental, faculty, university, and professional levels, as appropriate.  A commitment to applying transparent and reproducible research methods is an asset, as is experience or training in best practices in Open Science.

UBC is one of the world’s leading universities and is consistently ranked in the top 40. The university has two distinct campuses, one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna. UBC’s Okanagan campus, located in the city of Kelowna, has over 8,000 students in seven faculties, with strong undergraduate and graduate programs. Situated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, one of the most scenic regions in Canada, it offers an intimate learning environment and excellent opportunities for regional, national, and international scholarly activities.

Biology, at UBC’s Okanagan campus, is housed in the vibrant Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. The Department offers both discipline-based and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate, M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels. The collegial learning environment in the Faculty focuses on effective teaching, critical and creative scholarship, and the integration of scholarship and teaching. We are committed to an ethos of local involvement, global engagement, and intercultural awareness and we provide a positive, inclusive, and mutually supportive working and learning environment for all our students, faculty, and staff. To learn about the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Science, go to: http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ikbarberschool/welcome.html. For more information about UBC resources and opportunities, please, visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-staff-resources/. Information about the surrounding community can be found at: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/worklife-relocation/.

How to Apply:

Applications are submitted online at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty.php (Job Opening ID 34453) and should include:

(i) a cover letter outlining qualification for the position and fit with the Biology Department and the IKBSAS;

(ii) a curriculum vitae;

(iii) a one-page statement of research interests;

(iv) a three-page research proposal. The proposal must be original; articulate a long-term vision that demonstrates impact in terms of groundbreaking advances in the field and/or on society; outline short-term objectives; and define the methodologies to be employed;

(v) a one-page statement on teaching philosophy, interests, and plans for mentoring students and other highly-qualified personnel. The statement should also include specific plans for delivery of an advanced quantitative analysis course targeted to graduate students;

(vi) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching/course evaluations); and

(vii) the names and contact information of three referees who have agreed to submit letters of reference, if requested.

Inquires may be directed to Ms. Barb Lucente (Biology Department Assistant) at: barb.lucente@ubc.ca. All email correspondence must indicate the competition title (Quantitative Ecology – Assistant Professor) in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2019. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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.

In support of our commitment to equity and diversity, all candidates will be invited to participate in an online Equity Survey as part of the appointment process.