FACULTY OF SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA: Department of Biology: Tenure Track Position in Plant Biotechnology:

The Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in plant sciences, from candidates with demonstrated expertise in one or more of the disciplines of plant biotechnology, molecular biology, cellular biology, biochemistry, or developmental biology. Applicants that employ new or unusual model systems are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will lead a plant-centered research program within one of these disciplines, and is expected to develop an externally funded, internationally recognized research program with strong connections to industry, while contributing to undergraduate and graduate training. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach classes related to plant biology, cell biology, and molecular biology, and applicants must be able to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels in French and English.

The successful applicant will join an innovative and collaborative department of 40 researchers with expertise in a wide range of fields, including cell and molecular biology, physiology, ecotoxicology, neuroscience, developmental biology, ecology and conservation, evolutionary biology, and bioinformatics. Our Department maintains close collaborations with plant scientists and other researchers at Carleton University, the Ottawa Research & Development Centre and the Central Experimental Farm of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the Canadian Museum of Nature, and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).

The Faculty of Science maintains teaching and research greenhouses that are managed by full-time staff. Faculty members also have access to environmental growth chambers, and core facilities for molecular biology, genomics, chemistry, and microscopy.

Terms: Tenure-track position.

Salary: Salary scales for Assistant Professors start at $ 88,735 (as of May 2022).

Benefits package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete compensation package which includes long-term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of OttawaPension Plan, optional life insurance and paid leaves (including maternity, parental and academic leaves.

Location of work: Department of Biology, University of Ottawa, 30 Marie Curie Private, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5.

Contact information: Chair, Department of Biology, 30 Marie Curie Private, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, biochair@uottawa.ca. Telephone: 613-562-5729, fax: 613-562-5486

Required qualifications: PhD in Biology or a related discipline. Postdoctoral experience is expected. A demonstrated track record of excellence in one of the areas of biotechnological, molecular, cellular, biochemical, or developmental research relevant to plant sciences. A commitment to teaching and graduate training. The candidate must be able to teach in both French and English, the two official languages of the University.

Duties: The responsibilities include: 1) establishing and maintaining a robust, externally funded research program; 2) supervision of graduate and undergraduate student thesis projects in the department; 3) teaching undergraduate and graduate courses that contribute to the bilingual (English-French) Biology curriculum; and 4) performing an active role within the department by contributing to administrative and academic activities of the department and faculty. The anticipated start date of the position is July 1, 2023.

This Department prioritizes an inclusive, equitable research environment where all members of our community thrive. Because research grant success in Canada is influenced by demonstrating knowledge of the use of principles relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion in student training, applicants will also be evaluated on their experience and/or knowledge of these areas.

Application Package:

  1. A one-page cover letter formally expressing interest in the position and including a statement regarding ability to teach in French and English.
  2. A full curriculum vitae. Please include career interruptions such as parental or sick leaves that may have impacted your record of research. These will be taken into consideration in the selection process.
  3. A detailed research plan (3 pages maximum).
  4. A statement of teaching interests and how principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion will be included in training of research group members (1 page).
  5. Contact information of three references.
  6. Three peer-reviewed publications.
  7. Self-Identification Form: The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty.

Application deadline:

The full application is due October 10, 2022. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its more than 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language. Located on the unceded ancestral territory of the Anishinabe-Algonquin people, the University of Ottawa is at the heart of Canada’s capital with unparalleled opportunity for collaborations with governmental agencies.

In accordance with Immigration Canada requirements, any qualified person is invited to submit their application; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples in Canada, visible minorities members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identification Questionnaire, to be completed at the time of application.

The University of Ottawa provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you are invited to proceed in the selection process, please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations at vra.affairesprofessorales@uottawa.ca. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence. 

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