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Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) Plant Physiology

University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Kelowna, British Columbia
Closing date
Sep 30, 2022

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Life Sciences, Biology, Botany/Plant Science
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The Department of Biology, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of plant physiology. The successful candidate must have a PhD and post-doctoral experience in a relevant field and will become a member of the Department of Biology ( The appointment is expected to start on July 1, 2023, or soon thereafter.

We seek candidates who apply original and multi-faceted research approaches to understanding plant physiology (broadly-defined). The candidate’s proposed research should complement current strengths in the genetics and biochemistry of plants including plant-microbe or plant-insect interactions.  Candidates must have a competitive record of scholarly contributions in their field, and the ability to establish a strong externally-funded research program, which may have aspects applied to regional horticulture, agriculture, or forestry such as: sustainable production; crop protection; climate change mitigation; conservation or restoration ecology; or invasive species management.

Candidates will demonstrate evidence of commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful, collegial, and conducive learning and working environment. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses on plant biology or other aspects relevant to their expertise.  They will also supervise graduate students, and fulfill service obligations to the university and community. A commitment to applying transparent and reproducible research methods is an asset, as is experience or training in best practices in Open Science.

The Biology Department’s 28 faculty are actively engaged in mentoring 900 undergraduate students in five majors (Biology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Zoology), as well as 80 MSc and PhD students. In the past five years, the department has received a total of $15 million in research funding to support 400 different projects. As one of the campuses of the University of British Columbia, UBC Okanagan offers a globally recognized degree at a more intimate campus with 9,600 undergraduates and 1100 graduate students.  Situated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, one of the most scenic regions in Canada, it offers a stimulating learning environment and excellent opportunities for regional, national, and international scholarly activities. For more information about UBC resources and opportunities, please visit Information about the surrounding community can be found at: .

Applications are to be submitted in one continuous PDF file online at and should include:


• a cover letter that clearly indicates the position to which the candidate is applying,• a curriculum vitae

• a three-page statement of research plans, which must: articulate a long-term vision that demonstrates impact in the field and/or on society; outline short-term objectives; and define the methodologies to be employed

• a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and interests

• a summary of evidence of teaching effectiveness (i.e., teaching/course evaluations)

• a one-page statement outlining experience working within a diverse environment and your contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion

• the names of three referees who have agreed to submit letters of reference, if requested

Please direct any inquiries regarding the posting to Ms. Cheryl Craig (Biology Department Senior Assistant) at: All correspondence must indicate the competition title (Plant Physiology Assistant Professor) in the subject line of the e-mail.

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2022. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.

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 groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, 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 will be given priority.


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