Assistant or Associate Professor in Food Biotechnology

Assistant or Associate Professor in Food Biotechnology

Posted on November 30, 2023

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 stream position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor within the Food, Nutrition and Health Program as the Blythe and Violet Eagles Chair in Food Biotechnology in the Food Science group. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024.

The expected salary range for this position is $125,000-130,000 and 175,000-185,000 per annum, plus benefits. Salary is competitive, negotiable, and commensurate with experience, and is subject to final budgetary approval.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Food Science, Biotechnology, or related area, supplemented with postdoctoral or equivalent experience. Candidates must demonstrate potential for outstanding research with relevance to food science in areas such as food and beverage biotechnology, including but not restricted to Food Processing/Bioprocessing, Biomanufacturing, Bioengineering, Cellular Agriculture, Industrial/Precision Fermentation, Omics/Bioinformatics. Applicants must also demonstrate strong potential for excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and the ability to complement the current Food Science teaching program. As described in its Action Plan, the Faculty of Land and Food Systems uses student-centered learning to educate new generations of scientists equipped to solve the most fundamental issues faced by society (

The successful candidate will be expected to (a) develop an independent, externally funded, and internationally recognized research program; (b) foster active collaborations in research and teaching within the Faculty of Land and Food Systems; and (c) develop new courses and teach food science courses at the graduate and undergraduate level in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

The Faculty hosts a mass spectrometry core facility and has recently contributed to the construction of the new BC Food and Beverage Innovation Centre that may support the research, educational, and knowledge transfer activities of the successful candidate.

Applications must be made through the University of British Columbia’s Human Resources online careers page:

Applicants should submit one combined PDF file including: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) contact information of three references; (4) statement describing five-year research plan (1-2 pages); (5) statement of teaching philosophy with evidence of potential for effective teaching (1-2 pages); and (6) statement identifying a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (up to 1 page). Applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted and asked to provide letters of reference. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by January 31, 2024; however, this position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified. If you have specific questions about the application process, please contact the Chair of the Selection Committee c/o

Applicants are also invited to complete the following 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, identify potential barriers to the employment of designated equity group members, and comply with our hiring practices. Your participation in the survey is voluntary and confidential. Data collected through this survey will be held by the Dean’s office and will only be shared at the aggregate level with the hiring committee.

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.

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