The Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

( ) is seeking outstanding candidates for three full-time, tenure-track positions in

Plant or Soil Science, as part of the Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment group, the Applied

Biology program and the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm. The anticipated start

date is January 1, 2020.


Applicants must have a PhD in a discipline relevant to Plant or Soil Science, plus evidence of

outstanding potential for research in areas such as: agroecology, applied soil physics, environmental

soil chemistry, horticulture, pedology, plant ecophysiology, plant-microbe interactions, plant

pathology, soil-water dynamics, soil biogeochemistry, sustainable crop production and protection.

The successful candidate(s) are expected to develop an independent, externally funded, and

internationally recognized research program with a vision and demonstrated enthusiasm for

interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty members in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and

other UBC units to bring new and innovative perspectives to research and education in sustainable

agriculture and environment. Applicants must also demonstrate strong potential for excellence in

teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, complement our current teaching programs,

and be able to attract excellent graduate students.


We are particularly interested in candidates whose research programs bridge multiple scales (genes

to ecosystems) and/or address plant/crop adaptation to environmental change. Ideal candidates will

conduct inter- and multi-disciplinary research on plants and soils in inventive ways to develop

solutions for sustainable crop production and soil and water management. Corresponding to the

vision of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, the candidates’ research expertise and program must

be grounded in sustainable agriculture and food systems and capable of linking cutting-edge research

with public outreach and knowledge mobilization.


Applications should be made through the University of British Columbia’s Human Resources online

careers page: ( Applicants should send: 1) cover letter; 2)

curriculum vitae; 3) names and contact information of three references, 4) five-year research plan

(1-2 pages) and 5) a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of potential for innovative and

effective teaching (1-2 pages). Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2019. 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.


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.