Department of Botany, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
The Department of Botany, in the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in the area of plant development. This is a tenure track position, with initial appointment to be made at the Assistant Professor level, beginning no earlier than July 1, 2023. We seek an outstanding applicant with an innovative research program using cellular, genetic, and/or genomic approaches to address fundamental mechanisms of plant development. Applicants studying model or non-model plant organisms, including mosses and algae, are encouraged to apply.
The position requires a Ph.D. degree, postdoctoral experience, and an exceptional research track record. Responsibilities include establishing and conducting an internationally competitive and externally funded research program, excellent teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervising graduate students, and participating on service committees for the department, university, and academic/scientific community. In evaluating candidates, we may also consider evidence of leadership within the candidate’s community, contributions to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion and demonstrated interest in evidence-based teaching. The position includes opportunities for strong interaction with UBC’s Michael Smith Laboratories, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC Botanical Garden, Biodiversity Research Centre, Faculty of Land & Food Systems, and the Faculty of Forestry.
The Botany Department, with 30 research faculty members, is one of the strongest botanical/plant-science-focused departments in North America, offering a wide range of research and educational programs (https://www.botany.ubc.ca/). The UBC Botany department embraces research, teaching and learning at the frontiers of plant/algae, fungi, and protist biology. This organismal diversity is being studied at all biological levels from the biochemical, molecular, genomic and cellular mechanisms underlying plant growth and responses to the changing environment and disease, and from the evolution of species and domains of life, to the ecology of populations, communities, ecosystems, and the biosphere. The Botany Department collaborates with the Zoology Department to teach the UBC Biology undergraduate program. The department has a strong tradition of enhanced educational experiences, engaging undergraduates in research, and scholarship of teaching and learning. Research in the department is supported by the microscopy infrastructure in the Bioimaging Facility, the Sequencing Consortium, and the Centre for Plant Growth.
Applicants should submit:
- Cover letter (up to 2 pages) that outlines:
- Your research vision and accomplishments.
- How your expertise, scholarship and planned research will integrate with the Department of Botany.
- How you have displayed leadership through existing or proposed research, teaching, service, community engagement, outreach, contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion, or other relevant activities.
- Curriculum vitae
- Statement (up to 2 pages) describing your current and proposed research program.
- Statement (up to 1 page) of teaching philosophy/interests and accomplishments, addressing how you will teach core undergraduate courses in the UBC Biology program.
- Statement (up to 1 page) identifying your past contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion, along with your ability to work with a culturally diverse student body (giving specific examples where possible), as well as your philosophy of and potential future contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion.
- Up to 3 representative publications.
- Names and contact information for 3 referees.
Applications must be addressed to Botany Head Shawn Mansfield and submitted via Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22872. The closing date for applications is November 15, 2022 at 5pm (Pacific Standard Time).
Additional information: The UBC Vancouver campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam. UBC is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. UBC is dedicated to ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion are embedded throughout the university’s academic and work life, recognizing that significant work remains to be accomplished. For example, UBC's vision is to be a world leader in the implementation of Indigenous people's human rights and is guided in a mission of reconciliation as articulated and called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. It is firmly committed to recruiting Indigenous faculty, students, and staff as outlined in its Indigenous Strategic Plan. As one of the world's leading universities, UBC creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada, and the world.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. 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 assessing applications, UBC recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., maternity leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, members of marginalized groups, and Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.