Assistant Professor in Plant Science

Assistant Professor in Plant Science

Posted on February 8, 2024

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada ( is seeking applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Plant Science, as part of the Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment and the Applied Biology programs, and the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm. The expected salary range for this position is $125,000-130,000 CAD per annum, plus benefits. Salary is competitive, negotiable, and commensurate with experience, and is subject to final budgetary approval. The anticipated start date is January 1, 2025.

Applicants must have a PhD in a field related to plant science and relevant to sustainable agriculture. Candidates demonstrating evidence of outstanding contributions in areas related to climate resilience, applied ecology and evolution, ecophysiology, genetics and breeding, plant-microbe interactions, crop management and/or precision agriculture are preferred.

The successful candidate is expected to develop an independent, externally funded, and internationally recognized research program. We seek candidates who possess and demonstrate a vibrant vision for research involving interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty members within the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and other UBC units. Applicants must demonstrate strong potential for excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and the ability to develop courses that will complement our existing teaching programs. The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in teaching, research, and service.

Applications should be submitted through the University of British Columbia’s Human Resources online careers page: (–Plant-Science_JR16188).

Applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter;
  • Current CV including list of publications;
  • Statement of research interests (2-3 pages) describing your work to date and five-year plan;
  • Statement of teaching interests, approach and philosophy (1-2 pages);
  • UBC aspires to promote inclusive excellence by supporting and recognizing efforts to advance equity, diversity and inclusion as well as decolonization (EDID) through the academic and research ecosystem. Provide a brief (1-2 page) statement describing current and future commitments or interests related to EDID. Your comments may relate to lived/living experience, professional work or practice, academic and research activities, and/or community-engagement.

Long-listed candidates will be contacted and asked to arrange for 3 letters of reference to be submitted to the search committee.

Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2024. 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.

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.

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The University of British Columbia acknowledges the Musqueam people on whose traditional territory the university resides. 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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