Assistant Professor in Animal Welfare

Assistant Professor in Animal Welfare

Posted on November 30, 2023

The University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Faculty of Land and Food Systems ( invites applications for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Animal Welfare, within the Applied Biology Program. The successful candidate will contribute to the advancement of animal welfare through research, teaching, and public outreach. We welcome applications from candidates interested in animals kept by people for different purposes, including food production, companionship and research. We also welcome scholars from both the natural and social sciences. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024.

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

The UBC Animal Welfare Program ( is one of the largest and most respected programs in the world in the field of animal welfare science. Since its inception in 1997, the program’s research has led to improvements in the lives of animals in British Columbia and around the world. The mission of the program is to improve the welfare and humane care of animals through active efforts in research, education and public outreach.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a related area, ideally supplemented with postdoctoral or equivalent experience. Candidates must have a strong record of peer reviewed research in animal welfare, a passion for teaching and mentoring, and demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct innovative and collaborative research in the field of animal welfare, teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and provide leadership within the Program, Faculty, University and within the field. 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 (

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 (1 page); and (6) statement identifying a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (up to 1 page). 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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