Assistant or Associate Professor – Animal Welfare

Assistant or Associate Professor in Animal Welfare

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada ( is seeking an outstanding candidate for a full-time, tenure-track position within the Animal Welfare Program at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The successful candidate will be expected to complete an NSERC Industrial Research Chair application within 6 months of hiring to establish the BC SPCA/NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare. Possible start dates are January 1 or July 1, 2019.

Applicants must have a PhD in a discipline relevant to animal welfare, plus evidence of outstanding potential for research that will complement the Animal Welfare Program’s current work by developing a world-leading research program in areas such as: companion animal welfare; identification and management of animal pain and stress; effects of hormones on development and behaviour; shelter animal health; welfare in veterinary care; the effect of human care on animal welfare; and societal factors that affect animal welfare. Successful applicants are expected to establish a strong research relationship with the BC SPCA, other animal welfare and protection organizations, and the BC veterinary community.

The successful applicant must demonstrate clear potential for excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The incumbent will be expected to do undergraduate teaching that contributes to the Applied Animal Biology Program, and that fits with the strongly student-centered approach to teaching followed by the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. The incumbent will also be expected to mentor MSc and PhD students within the highly cooperative approach to graduate teaching adopted by the Animal Welfare Program.

Applications should be made through the University of British Columbia’s Human Resources online careers page: ( Applicants should send: 1) a cover letter; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) names and contact information of three references, 4) a brief statement describing their five-year research plan (1-2 pages) and 5) a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of potential for effective teaching (1-2 pages). Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2018. Specific questions about the application process should be directed to the Chair of the Selection Committee c/o Please do not send applications by email.

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