Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Chemical Oceanography / Marine Biogeochemistry

Vancouver, British Columbia
To be discusssed
September 03 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Chemical Oceanography / Marine Biogeochemistry. We seek a scholar who will conduct innovative research and contribute strongly to teaching programs addressing chemical reactions in the marine environment, and their role as regulators or tracers of oceanic processes. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the marine carbon cycle, elemental speciation and bioavailability, isotope systematics, sediment chemistry and diagenesis, paleoceanography, nutrient cycling and exchange processes across ocean, ice, atmosphere, freshwater and sediment interfaces. We specifically seek candidates using experimental and/or analytical approaches to study chemical processes in natural environments.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Earth or marine sciences, environmental chemistry, or a related discipline at the time of appointment, and will have made, or show promise of making, impactful contributions to our knowledge of ocean chemistry. Candidates should possess a strong record of research productivity commensurate with their experience, or if limited in opportunities to demonstrate this, be able to communicate a strong vision for research in this area. The candidate will be expected to develop a robust, externally-funded, and internationally-recognized research program, successfully supervise graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, effectively teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Chemical Oceanography and related fields and participate in departmental activities.   Evidence of teaching excellence and interest in innovative teaching methods is welcomed. An interest in contributing to field-based learning experiences is also desirable, but not required. 

EOAS is a dynamic, inter-disciplinary Earth Sciences department, with research and teaching interests spanning the history of Earth and its functioning from the core to the stratosphere ( This position will build on EOAS’s internationally-recognized strength in oceanographic research, with the potential to bridge to other disciplines investigating broader interactions of the ocean with the Earth system.  EOAS houses state-of-the-art chemical clean laboratories and analytical instrumentation at the Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (PCIGR) and at the Microbeam and X-ray Diffraction Facility. UBC is also home to numerous shared-research facilities, and provides access to a wide range of field sampling opportunities in coastal and offshore marine environments in the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. 

UBC and EOAS strive to be leaders in diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a real commitment to representation. We particularly encourage candidates from groups that have been historically underrepresented, marginalized, or excluded in this field, and/or members of groups that have been discriminated on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code. This includes racialization, status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status and/or age. We invite all candidates who have experience and interest in supporting historically and currently marginalized groups in their teaching or research, and a strong commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion, building on existing efforts across the UBC Faculty of Science ( ). 

How to Apply:

Candidates should visit

They should upload a single PDF file that includes:

i)  a cover letter,

ii) a detailed curriculum vitae,

iii) a one-page summary of research interests and accomplishments,

iv) a one-page outline of a potential five-year research program, including potential funding sources,

v)  a one-page statement of teaching philosophy,

vi) a statement describing their experiences with diversity, and planned contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion,

vii) up to three recent publications (or other research contributions), and

viii) the names and contact information for three referees.

The closing deadline for applications is November 7th, 2021. After the applications close, referees will be contacted for those applicants selected for further consideration, and will be asked to provide letters within a three-week time-frame.   Initial interviews will be conducted in early / mid-December, 2021, with in-person interviews scheduled for January / February, 2022. The successful applicant will be expected to start as soon as July, 2022, or at a date of mutual agreement. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Questions should be directed to the Search Committee at .