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Assistant Professor, Forest Biology and Silviculture

University of Northern British Columbia

Assistant Professor

Forest Biology and Silviculture
Ecosystem Science & Management Program
College of Science and Management
One-year, Term

The University of Northern British Columbia invites applications for a one-year term position in the Ecosystem Science and Management Program at the rank of Assistant Professor, with proposed starting date of July 1, 2020. As an institution committed to the fostering of an inclusive and transformative learning environment, UNBC values high quality and growth in both teaching and scholarship.

UNBC offers an accredited B.Sc. in Forest Ecology and Management. Students graduating from this degree have diverse knowledge and experience in ecological, operational and social/cultural dimensions of professional forestry and other management-related careers. UNBC also offers graduate degrees at the Masters and Ph.D. levels. These degrees are supported by a core group of high-caliber faculty who are actively engaged in a wide variety of research.

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research in their area of expertise, and will have the opportunity to collaborate with UNBC faculty with expertise in natural resource management, forest and aquatic ecosystems, plant ecology and physiology, invertebrate and vertebrate ecology and physiology, conservation science, Indigenous land management, soil science and genetics. Additionally, the successful candidate will have opportunities to work with scientists and managers in industry, government, conservation organizations and northern communities. The successful candidate will teach or co-teach several courses a year, which may include forest plant systems, forest biology and silvics, silviculture, and other courses in support of the BSc in Forest Ecology and Management and other degrees in ESM. Previous experience in teaching lecture and laboratory courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels is desirable.

Applicants for this position should hold a PhD and have a growing record of scholarly activity, as well as present evidence of a commitment and record towards teaching excellence. For this position, we seek an individual with particular expertise in forest biology and silviculture related to core degree requirements.

UNBC provides broad support for faculty to develop their research and teaching capabilities, a modern and comprehensive campus, and a distinctive quality of life in central British Columbia. UNBC is equipped with significant research facilities and infrastructure including a dendroecology lab, an Enhanced Forestry Lab, a core analytical chemistry lab, and three field research facilities, including two research forests. UNBC is situated among diverse landscapes and ecosystems, and enjoys strong community connections. Diverse ecosystems and a resource-based economy provide many easily-accessible research opportunities.

For more information on the UNBC Ecosystems Science and Management Program and Prince George/northern BC, please visit and respectively.

About the University and its Community
Located in the spectacular landscape of northern British Columbia, UNBC is one of Canada’s best small research-intensive universities. We have a passion for teaching, discovery, people, the environment, and the North. It is a friendly community offering a wide range of outdoor activities including exceptional skiing, canoeing and kayaking, fly fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. The lakes, forests and mountains of northern and central British Columbia offer an unparalleled natural environment in which to live and work.

UNBC provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities that explore cultures, health, economies, sciences, and the environment. As one of B.C.’s leading research-intensive universities, we bring the excitement of new knowledge to our students, and the outcomes of our teaching and research to the work. In addition to fostering and celebrating academic excellence, UNBC is a welcoming place, with a learning environment that is friendly, inclusive, and supportive.

Small classes and a connected community exemplify UNBC and mean that our student body gets to know their professors by name. Outstanding academics, hands-on research, unlimited adventure and a tight-knit campus community result in strong student satisfaction at UNBC.

For the past 10 years, UNBC has placed in the top three in its category in the annual Maclean’s university rankings, the only University of its size to achieve that feat. UNBC also recently placed among the top four per cent of higher education institutions worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

For more information about living and working with the University of Northern British Columbia please refer to and . Make your mark with this leading post-secondary institution.

To Apply

Applicants should forward their cover letter indicating potential contributions to the Program, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching approaches and research program, and the names and addresses of three references (including telephone, fax, and email information) quoting competition #FAESM01-20 BW to:

Office of the Provost, University of Northern British Columbia
3333 University Way, Prince George, B.C., V2N 4Z9

Email submissions:
Inquiries: Dr. Kathy Lewis, Chair of Ecosystem Science & Management
(250) 960-6659

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

We thank all applicants for their interest in UNBC however, only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Applications received on or before March 13, 2020, will receive full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.