Tenure-Track Position – DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY, St. Francis Xavier University

The Department of Biology at St. Francis Xavier University invites applications for a probationary tenure track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2021. Applicants must have a PhD degree and relevant post-doctoral experience and will be expected to develop an externally funded program of research that will complement established research programs, contribute to the training of highly qualified graduates, and enhance our network of departmental, interdisciplinary and external collaborations. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

We seek a biologist with a demonstrated record of, and ongoing plans to use next-generation sequencing technologies (e.g. RNAseq, genome sequencing, amplicon sequencing, metagenomics) and attendant bioinformatic approaches to ask fundamental questions in the disciplines of ecology or evolution. Involvement of student assistants and Honours BSc and MSc students in research is expected. Co-supervision of PhD students is facilitated by a bilateral agreement with the Memorial University of Newfoundland. The Biology Department houses several core research facilities, including a molecular biology laboratory, tissue culture facility, and the University’s microscopy and animal & plant care facilities. Access to advanced computing infrastructure and support is available through our membership in ACENet.

St. Francis Xavier University has a long-standing liberal arts and science approach to undergraduate education. Upper level classes are small, with substantial interactions between faculty and students in lecture, laboratory, and field settings. The successful candidate will have training and/or experience teaching undergraduates according to modern pedagogical practices. We seek candidates who are committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion; candidates should indicate concretely in their application how they plan to contribute towards these principles in the performance of their teaching and research activities.

The primary teaching responsibilities will be one or two core undergraduate courses offered at first or second year levels, for example Introductory Cell Biology, Diversity of Life, or courses serving students in other programs. Biology core courses serve students from across the Faculty of Science, including some professional programs as well as students completing Bachelor of Arts & Science degrees in either Health or in Climate and the Environment. Teaching will also include developing new or teaching existing advanced course(s) related to the candidate’s area of expertise.

Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements on teaching interests and philosophy, research interests and plans, and the names, addresses (including email), and telephone numbers of three references. Applications should be sent via email to:

Dr. Moira Galway, Chair
Department of Biology
2320 Notre Dame Avenue, St. Francis Xavier University
Antigonish, Nova Scotia, B2G 2W5, Canada
Email: biology@stfx.ca; Telephone: 902-867-3841

To learn more about the Department of Biology, St Francis Xavier University, please visit our website at http://sites.stfx.ca/biology/ .

The review of applications will begin on January 18, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. StFX respects diversity and welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities and members of a sexual minority group.

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Joint position in the Departments of Biology and Biochemistry. Application deadline: January 22, 2021

The Departments of Biology and Biochemistry at Bishop’s University invite applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in Plant Biology, beginning July 1, 2021. We are seeking applicants with expertise in plant physiology/biochemistry and bioinformatics.  The successful candidate must possess a PhD, an active research program in the area of study and a competitive publication record, and have demonstrated compelling teaching ability at the undergraduate level. Available research and teaching spaces include modern laboratories and a newly renovated state-of-the-art green house to support both undergraduate and graduate students. More information about Bishop’s University and the Departments of Biology and Biochemistry can be found at www.ubishops.ca

Bishop’s University is a primarily undergraduate institution with a strong emphasis on dynamic and effective teaching, research, experiential learning, and knowledge mobilization. Located in the beautiful Eastern Townships just southeast of Montreal, our riverside campus has a growing and vibrant research culture, cohesive community, small class sizes, collegial faculty and staff, and is rated first in the country on student satisfaction.

Bishop’s University observes an equal access employment in public bodies for women, visible minorities, ethnic minority, Indigenous and disabled people (including the possibility of accommodation during the selection process). Candidates who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the process may contact Human Resources at HR@ubishops.ca.  In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, but all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Application packages, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research achievements and future objectives, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and contact information of at least three references must be sent by email as one PDF file to Mrs. Jean Porter, Assistant to the Dean of Science, Bishop’s University, jporter@ubishops.ca, by January 22, 2021.

Bishop’s University is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Abenaki people.

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CANADA RESEARCH CHAIR TIER II, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT). Application deadline: January 15, 2021.

Competition no.: 2020-90

The Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) is an institution on a human scale that operates mainly in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Northern Québec, the Upper Laurentians and nearby First Nations. For more than 35 years, UQAT has distinguished itself in learning, discovery and community services. Thanks to its recognized expertise, the university is playing an increasingly significant role at the regional, provincial, national and international levels. UQAT’s unique development model builds on partnerships established in its local communities, thereby ensuring accessibility to university education. UQAT is committed to the changes in policy, practice, and culture necessary to support the advancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in order to create an. inclusive learning and work environments and living environment for all. This commitment is part of UQAT’s 2020-2025 Development Plan. In doing so, it recognizes the contribution of EDI to increase the excellence of teaching and research in its community.

UQAT is committed to upholding the value of multiplicity of social affiliations and subscribe to the Equal Employment Opportunity Program. Candidates from designated groups are strongly encouraged to apply, particularly Indigenous scholars, women, members of a visible or ethnic minority, persons with disabilities and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities. UQAT relies on its community to propose a solid pool of candidates who represent the scope and diversity of the field. Persons with disabilities that require specific forms of support and tools may request this in writing at ress.humaines@uqat.ca to the attention of Madeleine Lamoureux.

To learn more about UQAT’s commitment to EDI, particularly through the Canada Research Chairs Program: https://www.uqat.ca/uqat/edi/.

 The Vice-Rector, Academic, Research and Creation at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) is seeking exceptional researchers in a competition for a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Paleoecology with a tenure-track faculty position. Tier II Chairs, tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field.

The Chair’s research program must be structured around one or more research themes related to the reconstruction of the dynamics and composition of terrestrial ecosystems during the Holocene (through, for example, palynology, anthracology or geochemistry). Results from the research program should eventually be applied in sustainable land use planning by using knowledge of past ecological processes to predict the future ecosystem trajectories. The start date is scheduled for the fall of 2021. The successful candidate will be an active member of the Forest Research Institute (https://www.uqat.ca/uqat/departements/irf/) and associated with the International Cold Forest Research Laboratory (https://forets-froides.org/en/irn/irn-cold-forests/https://ferld.uqat.ca/missionE.htm), located at the Lake Duparquet Research and Teaching Forest Research Station (https://ferld.uqat.ca/missionE.htm).

Candidates must have held a PhD degree (PhD with a specialization in paleoecology) for less than 10 years and must demonstrate exceptional potential to gain a significant international reputation within the next five years. They must be fluent in French and English or fluent in English and intend to learn French. Applicants will be expected to propose an innovative and high-quality research program, especially on cold forests, that will attract research funding from granting agencies and is likely to attract excellent graduate students. It is also necessary that the successful candidate is willing and able to collaborate with the faculty members in the department in which she/he will be working. The successful candidate will also be expected to demonstrate an interest in interdisciplinary and international collaborations.

The appointed candidate will be expected to contribute to the activities of the Department and the University. to teach at graduate levels in the Department’s various programs and supervise research leading to the writing of doctoral theses or dissertation.

Appointments under the Canada Research Chairs program must be submitted to the program secretariat and the appointment to a chair may not be conducted without the agreement of the Secretariat (see the Regulations of the Canada Research Chairs https://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/index- eng.aspx). The university will provide the candidate the support necessary to prepare her/his application for the Canada Research Chair Grant (https://www.uqat.ca/recherche/chaires-de-recherche-du-canada/).

Applicants who earned their PhD more than 10 years ago (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier II chair assessed through the program’s Tier II justification process (http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/nomination-mise_en_candidature-eng.aspx#s3). UQAT acknowledges that certain circumstances may have affected the record of research achievement of candidates. Applicants are encouraged to explain any personal circumstances (if applicable) in order to allow for a fair assessment of their research productivity. Please visit the Canada Research Chairs Program website for more information on the eligibility criteria.

Please visit the Canada Research Chairs Program website for more information on the eligibility criteria.

MAIN PLACE OF WORK: Laboratory at the Lake Duparquet Research and Teaching Forest Research Station located 45 minutes from the main Rouyn- Noranda campus.

START DATE: Fall 2021, provided that the successful candidate is granted the Tier II Canada Research Chair (competition in April 2021)

SALARY: Salary is based on each applicant’s qualifications and experience according to the collective agreement in effect.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS: January 15, 2021

An application file must include the following:

  • A current curriculum vitae (Applicants should explain the effects of any interruption in their career on their record of achievements so that the implications can be better assessed).
  • A letter of introduction describing the applicant’s research interests and demonstrating that her or his application meets the Canada Research Chairs program criteria.
  • A research chair proposal not exceeding three (3) pages, including a 5-year research plan, showing strong commitment to research excellence.
  • Three (3) letters of reference.
  • A photocopy of the PhD diploma.

In compliance with Canada’s immigration requirements, this competition gives priority to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

NOTE: The candidates are encouraged to submit a completed Equal Employment Opportunity form with their application (available online: https://www.uqat.ca/uqat/faire-carriere/comment-soumettre-sa-candidature/). Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

All applications will be treated confidentially. Interested persons must submit their application by January 15, 2021, to the attention of:

Dr. Manon Champagne
Vice-Rector (Academic, Research and Creation)
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)
445, boulevard de l’Université
Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec) J9X 5E4
Phone: 1-819-762-0971, ext. 2258
Email: recherche@uqat.ca

Please write CANADA RESEARCH CHAIRS in the subject line of your email, or on the envelope.

N.B.: For additional information on UQAT or the Canada Research Chairs program, please contact Dr. Julien Moulinier, Research Adviser, by email julien.moulinier@uqat.ca, or visit Canada Research Chair.

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Assistant professor in computational research 

The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada has an open faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in computational research in a wide range of subject areas related to Psychology, Neuroscience and/or Behaviour.

Please see the link below for the full job advertisement and application details.

https://careers.mcmaster.ca/psp/prepprd/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1000&JobOpeningId=34946&PostingSeq=1 

Please feel free to contact Reuven Dukas (dukas@mcmaster.ca) if you have questions.

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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CONNECTIVITY SCIENCE, CLUSTER HIRE at the University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia seeks applicants for a Connectivity Science tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor. This position is one of five new tenure-track positions in the thematic area of restoring and conserving global biodiversity.  The Faculty of Science, together with the Faculties of Arts, Forestry, and Land and Food Systems, is sponsoring this unique cluster hire, which builds on existing excellence in this area at UBC.  New hires will join an interdisciplinary research and scholarship team focused on solutions-oriented approaches to biodiversity loss and its connection to sustainability and adaptive capacity for humanity. For further information see https://biodiversity.ubc.ca/cluster-hire.

The Departments of Geography and Zoology are jointly seeking a scholar in Connectivity Science (broadly conceived) who can contribute to the overall goals of the Biodiversity Solutions team. Applicants may be trained in one or more of the following: ecology, evolutionary biology, applied ecology, geography, sustainability science, or related disciplines. The search is open to a wide range of scholars; those whose work is primarily field-based, theoretical, or statistical are all equally welcome to apply. We encourage applications from scholars who demonstrate innovative approaches to understanding the role of connectivity in biodiversity science and conservation, and encourage submissions from candidates with a diverse range of possible areas of expertise, including but not limited to:

  • movement ecology
  • functional connectivity across fragmented landscapes and/or seascapes
  • applied land and/or marine management approaches that enhance connectivity for biodiversity and/or ecosystem services
  • protected area design
  • population and/or landscape genetics
  • spatial biodiversity science and/or spatial analysis for enhancing connectivity science
  • socio-ecological analysis, including addressing the underlying economic and governance drivers of biodiversity loss, and the determinants of transformative change, restoration and conservation of biodiversity
  • use of connectivity science to explore tradeoffs and synergies with human land use
  • new tools, including computational techniques and statistical approaches, for understanding organismal movement, addressing applied habitat connectivity issues, and supporting adaptive management decision-making

The successful candidate will be expected to (i) develop an independent research program in their area of specialization and (ii) contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching and training within Geography and Zoology. We expect that this candidate, in addition to developing their own research program, will work collaboratively with other members of the Biodiversity Solutions cluster, which aims to collectively develop approaches to address social-ecological challenges related to biodiversity conservation.

Applicants should submit:

  1. Cover letter (up to 2 pages). You should make a clear and compelling case regarding:
    • How your expertise, scholarship and planned research would advance the stated goals of the Biodiversity Solutions Cluster;
    • How you have demonstrated a strong interest or experience in conducting collaborative, interdisciplinary work; and
    • How you have displayed leadership through existing or proposed research, teaching, service, community engagement, outreach or other relevant activities.  We encourage candidates to supply evidence of their productivity and/or potential in community building, community engagement, policy-making, acting as an agent of change (particularly with respect to historically underrepresented communities), leading collaborative projects, working with stakeholders, and supporting others through mentorship (including contributions to equity, diversity and inclusivity initiatives).
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. Research Statement (up to 2 pages) describing your current and proposed research program. Please address how your work advances understanding of biodiversity and solutions to biodiversity crises, highlighting aspects of cluster goals to which you might contribute directly, and making reference to interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship.
  4. Statement (up to 1 page) of teaching interests, accomplishments, and other evidence of teaching effectiveness. Please address how you could teach core undergraduate courses in a biology program and an interdisciplinary environmental program.
  5. 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 (use specific examples where possible); as well as your philosophy of, and potential future contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  6. Two sample publications (while published material is preferred, unpublished manuscripts are also acceptable).
  7. Names and contact information for 3 referees.

Applicants should be prepared to upload in the above order and in a single PDF (maximum size 15MB) via this online form: https://geog.air.arts.ubc.ca/position-00056136/

Equity, inclusivity 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.

Applicants will be asked to complete an equity survey. The survey information will not be used to determine eligibility for employment, but will be collated to provide data that can assist us in understanding the diversity of our applicant pool and identifying potential barriers to the employment of designated equity group members. Your participation in the survey is voluntary and confidential. This survey takes only a minute to complete. You may self-identify in one or more of the designated equity groups. You may also decline to identify in any or all of the questions by choosing “not disclosed”.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Further information

The anticipated starting date for positions is July 1, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter, dependent on immigration and travel restrictions.

The UBC Vancouver campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.  UBC is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world.  UBC embraces innovation and challenges to the status quo. 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.

The Zoology Department includes more than 38 principal investigators and promotes integrative research in biology (https://www.zoology.ubc.ca/). Its faculty and students pursue cutting edge questions in Comparative Animal Physiology and Biomechanics, Evolution, Ecology, and Cell and Developmental Biology. The Geography Department, with 31 research faculty members, is one of the largest and strongest Geography Departments in North America, and is regularly ranked in the Top 10 worldwide. It offers a wide range of educational programs, including the largest undergraduate program in Environment and Sustainability at UBC (https://geog.ubc.ca/). The Department’s research clusters include: Biodiversity, Ecology, Politics; Cities, Economies, Transnational Flows; Climate: Science, Change, Action; Digital Geographies, Geospatial Analysis, GIS; Gender, Race, Class; Power, Colonialism, Justice;  War, Security, States; Water, Ice, Landscapes.

The successful applicant will also join the Biodiversity Research Centre (http://www.biodiversity.ubc.ca/).  The centre includes more than 90 faculty across the two UBC campuses (Vancouver and Okanagan) and provides exceptional opportunities to interact with an outstanding and collegial research community, develop strengths in research and graduate teaching, study and contribute to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s collections (http://beatymuseum.ubc.ca/), and participate in the Museum’s educational programs and outreach efforts.  The Beaty Biodiversity Museum comprises a research collection of over 2.1 million natural history specimens over several major collections: the Spencer Entomological Collection, Cowan Tetrapod Collection, Fossil Collection, Fish Collection, Marine Invertebrate Collection and the Herbarium which holds major collections of bryophytes, lichens & fungi, macroalgae and vascular plants.

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Indigenous Scholar, Faculty of Science, University of Manitoba

Position # 29312 and 29313

The Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba invites applications from Indigenous (e.g., First Nations (status or non-status), Métis or Inuit) Scholars in any field of science for two full-time tenured or tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate or Full Professor, commencing July 1, 2021, or on a date mutually agreed upon. Rank and salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience. Candidates who are either of Canadian Indigenous background or are Indigenous in their respective countries/territories and whose work complements and supports the education, research, and Indigenous initiatives within the Faculty of Science and at the University of Manitoba are invited to apply.
We seek an emerging or established scholar with a commitment to excellence in teaching, research and community outreach.  The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in any field of science and have demonstrated experience in, and commitment to, leadership and mentorship related to Indigenous student achievement and engagement. Relevant research, industry, or community experience or other distinguishing attributes are considered an asset. Duties will include undergraduate teaching, graduate teaching, and student research supervision; research, including the establishment of an externally funded research program; and service and community activities.  The relative division of activities for the successful candidate between teaching, research, and service/community activities are flexible. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Appointment can be in any department in the Faculty of Science or joint across multiple departments.
The Faculty of Science comprises the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, Microbiology, and Statistics and features many additional interdisciplinary programs and activities, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that cross departmental boundaries.  The Faculty of Science 50th Anniversary Challenges for the coming decades commit us to important work in the following challenge areas: Explore Life on the Smallest Scales, Harness Microbial and Genetic Worlds, Transform Tomorrow’s Devices, Make Computers our Sixth Sense, Revolutionize Science and Math Literacy for the 21st Century, Expand our Contribution to the Innovation Ecosystem, Leverage the Origins of the Universe, Reconnect Nature’s Networks, and Cultivate Remote and Rural Communities. The Faculty of Science has a deep commitment to educational excellence and a strong and active community of science educators, including the Pedagogy and Learning Science working group, and features the newly created Manitoba Institute for Science Teaching.
The Faculty of Science has launched a major new initiative, the Wawatay Program, in order to develop closer ties to Indigenous communities, dramatically grow the number of Indigenous science graduates, infuse Indigenous science approaches and perspectives into science education and strengthen mutual research.  In summer of 2021, we will be hosting a major new international conference, “The 2021 North America Indigenous Science Conference”.
The University is located in Winnipeg, the largest city in the province of Manitoba. The city has a rich cultural environment and the region provides exciting opportunities for outdoor exploration and recreation in all seasons. Learn more about Winnipeg at www.winnipeg.ca.
Manitoba’s Indigenous population is young and rapidly growing. Statistics Canada census data suggest that Indigenous peoples will comprise nearly 19 per cent of Manitoba’s population by 2026. The University of Manitoba’s role in reconciliation, its connections with Indigenous students, partners and communities, and its commitment to Indigenous achievement are central to the kind of future the University seeks to create.
The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. Creating Pathways to Indigenous Achievement is a key priority for the University, as identified in its 2015-2020 strategic plan, Taking Our Place. Home to a vibrant Indigenous community, including 2,400 First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, the U of M has one of the largest Indigenous student populations in the country. Honoured to be chosen as host of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the U of M is dedicated to advancing Indigenous research and scholarship, and to becoming a centre of excellence for this work.
The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Indigenous Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants must, at application, declare that he/she/they self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Metis or Inuit) Canadian, or as Indigenous in their respective countries/territories.
If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact UM.Accommodation@umanitoba.ca or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.
Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a two-page description of teaching philosophy, a two-page summary of research interests accessible to an interdisciplinary audience, a three-page research plan, a one-page plan for leadership and mentorship in the context of Indigenous student achievement in the department and Faculty of Science, the name and contact information (phone and e-mail) of three referees, and Indigenous self-declaration verification should be sent by email in a single pdf file to  Indigenous_Scholars.Science@umanitoba.ca.
Priority will be given to candidates who apply before November 30, 2020, but the search will remain open until the position is filled.
Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Please note that curricula vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.
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Assistant Professor of Biodiversity Data Science, University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia seeks applicants for five tenure-track positions at the level of Assistant Professor in the thematic area of restoring and protecting global biodiversity. The Faculty of Science, together with the Faculties of Arts, Forestry, and Land and Food Systems is sponsoring this unique cluster hire, which builds on existing excellence in this area at UBC. These new hires will join an existing interdisciplinary research and scholarship faculty team focused on solutions-oriented approaches to biodiversity loss and its connection to sustainability and adaptive capacity for humanity. For further information see https://biodiversity.ubc.ca/cluster-hire.

As one of the five positions, we seek a Biodiversity Data Scientist to be jointly appointed in the Departments of Botany and Zoology, with opportunities for strong interactions with UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum and Biodiversity Research Centre. Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. degree by June, 2021, show evidence of potential to develop a strong research program, and contributions to teaching and training at graduate and undergraduate levels. In evaluating candidates, we may also consider contributions to leadership, community service or engagement, and social or policy impacts of the candidate’s work.

The Biodiversity Data Scientist will conduct research tackling current challenges in using and integrating disparate data streams to promote major advances in biodiversity monitoring and conservation. Relevant data streams are accumulating rapidly, including remote sensing (e.g., GPS telemetry, camera traps, audio recordings, satellite and aerial imagery), environmental DNA, citizen-science data, and the physical and digital databases of natural history collections, along with methodological advances such as machine learning. We seek a scholar who harnesses such data and methods, and applies them to conservation problems locally or globally. We welcome applications from scholars who use their analyses for programs and platforms that educate, inspire or engage citizens, stakeholders or decision-makers, or that guide choices in biodiversity conservation within their social context. The candidate’s expertise may be in evolutionary biology, ecology (including statistical, computational, and applied ecology), environmental sciences, or related disciplines.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent research program and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching and training, and academic service in their departments. They will also work collaboratively with other members of the Biodiversity Solutions team to develop approaches to solving social-ecological challenges related to biodiversity conservation. Applicants should have a strong interest in conducting collaborative, interdisciplinary work, as demonstrated through existing or proposed research, teaching, leadership, service, community engagement, outreach, contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, or other relevant activities.

Applicants should submit to UBC-Department of Zoology-AP [#17215]

1.    Cover letter (up to 2 pages) that summarizes briefly
a.    How your expertise, scholarship and planned research will advance the research vision of the Biodiversity Solutions Cluster,
b.    How you have demonstrated a strong interest or experience in conducting collaborative, interdisciplinary work,
c.    How you have displayed leadership, for example through existing or proposed research, teaching, service, community engagement, outreach, outreach, contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion, or other relevant activities.
2.    Curriculum vitae
3.    Statement (up to 2 pages) describing your current and proposed research program, and showing how your work does or will connect to understanding of biodiversity or solutions to biodiversity crises.
4.    Statement (up to 1 page) of teaching interests and accomplishments, addressing how you will teach core undergraduate courses in the UBC Biology program run by the Departments of Botany and Zoology
5.    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
6.    Up to 3 representative publications
7.    Candidates should arrange for three referees to submit letters using Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/17215

Equity, inclusivity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We particularly 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, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Applicants will be asked to complete an equity survey. The survey information will not be used to determine eligibility for employment, but will be collated to provide data that can assist us in understanding the diversity of our applicant pool and identifying potential barriers to the employment of designated equity group members. Your participation in the survey is voluntary and confidential. This survey takes only a minute to complete. You may self-identify in one or more of the designated equity groups. You may also decline to identify in any or all of the questions by choosing “not disclosed.”

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Review of applications will begin mid-November 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Further information
The anticipated starting date for positions is July 1, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter, dependent on immigration and travel restrictions.

The UBC Vancouver campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.  UBC is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world.  UBC embraces innovation and challenges to the status quo. 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.

The Zoology Department includes more than 38 principal investigators and promotes integrative research in biology (https://www.zoology.ubc.ca/). Its faculty and students pursue cutting edge questions in Comparative Animal Physiology and Biomechanics, Evolution, Ecology, and Cell and Developmental Biology. The Botany Department, with 30 research faculty members, is one of the largest and strongest botanical/plant-science focused departments in North America, offering a wide range of research and educational programs (https://www.botany.ubc.ca/). Specializations range from the organismal to the molecular level.

The successful applicant will also join the Biodiversity Research Centre (http://www.biodiversity.ubc.ca/).  The centre includes more than 90 faculty across the two UBC campuses (Vancouver and Okanagan) and provides exceptional opportunities to interact with an outstanding and collegial research community, develop strengths in research and graduate teaching, study and contribute to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s collections (http://beatymuseum.ubc.ca/), and participate in the Museum’s educational programs and outreach efforts.  The Beaty Biodiversity Museum comprises a research collection of over 2.1 million natural history specimens over several major collections – Spencer Entomological Collection, Cowan Tetrapod Collection, Fossil Collection, Fish Collection, Marine Invertebrate Collection and the UBC Herbarium, which holds major collections of bryophytes, lichens & fungi, macroalgae and vascular plants.

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