Position Title: Assistant/Associate Professor Plant Ecophysiology

Posting Number: F453P

Type of position: Tenure Stream

Department/Unit: Plant, Food and Envir Sciences

Location : Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada

About the opportunity : The Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences in Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture invites applications for a tenure stream Assistant/Associate Professor position in Plant Ecophysiology with an agriculture focus. The successful candidate will commence 1 July 2023 and contribute to Teaching (40%), Research (40%) and Service (20%) responsibilities.

We are seeking an outstanding candidate with a demonstrated track record of expertise in plant ecophysiology, especially in plant ecology and environmental stress physiology. Climate change is one of the biggest issues threatening agriculture, food, and nutrition security globally.

As such, the research program must explore the interactions between crops and their environment with respect to climate change and must be relevant to the scientific community, businesses, and policymakers. The successful candidate’s research program must engage with industry, demonstrate high potential of obtaining funding and attract high quality graduate students.

The faculty expects the successful candidate to develop a strong externally funded, internationally recognized research program that includes the training of postgraduate, graduate, and undergraduate students. The candidate will be a multidisciplinary researcher with demonstrated potential to collaborate with faculty members from across departments.

We seek a team-player and team-builder who can forge synergies within and among academia, government research institutions, industry, and other stakeholders within and beyond the Atlantic region. We seek a clear and stimulating communicator who can inspire students, support faculty initiatives, serve on faculty committees, and participate in growing the positive reputation of the faculty and university.

Course assignment will reflect the expertise of the successful candidate and the needs of the department, and may include entry- or upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses.

The successful applicant must:

· hold a PhD in Plant Ecophysiology or a closely related discipline such as Plant Biology, Plant Physiology, and Plant Ecology;

· have a proven record of independent plant ecophysiology research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals;

· demonstrate an ability or potential to acquire research funding through grant-writing;

· demonstrate evidence or potential to become an international leader in the field of plant ecophysiology; and

· demonstrate experience or potential to teach effectively at the post-secondary level.

Other desirable assets may include:

· completion of professional development related to teaching;

· experience teaching international students; and

· eligibility for membership as a Professional Agrologist in Nova Scotia

A complete application package for this position should include:

· a cover letter summarizing qualifications and experience related to this position (maximum of 2 pages);

· a detailed CV;

· a prospective research plan including explanation of how equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) will be integrated and promoted (maximum of 2 pages);

· a statement on teaching interests, experience, and philosophy including an explanation of how EDI will be integrated (maximum of 2 pages);

· reprints of three publications related to plant ecophysiology; and

· names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers of three references (note: applicants selected for further consideration will be notified before referees are contacted).

The Faculty of Agriculture (https://www.dal.ca/faculty/agriculture.html)  is located on the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus, located in Truro, Nova Scotia. The Faculty offers technical, undergraduate, and graduate (MSc, PhD) programs in agriculture, aquaculture, environment, and related life and social science disciplines, and is home to approximately 1,000 students and 50+ professors. Dalhousie University is the largest university in the Maritime region of Canada and a member of Canada’s U15 research-intensive university group. It is comprised of 13 faculties with a current enrollment of 18,500 graduate and undergraduate students, including 3,500 in graduate programs, from 115 countries.

The Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences is home to a vibrant team of scientists and instructors focused on four priority areas: environmental sciences, plant and horticultural sciences, food science, and landscape architecture. Related areas of departmental research strengths include soil health, climate change, organic agriculture and agroecology. The department also benefits from strong collaborations with the agricultural industry and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research stations throughout the Atlantic region and beyond (https://www.dal.ca/faculty/agriculture/plant-food-env.html).

Dalhousie University recognizes that career paths can be diverse and that career interruptions may occur. Applicants are encouraged to include, in their cover letter, an explanation of the impact that any career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement.

Dalhousie University recognizes its obligation to accommodate candidates in order to ensure full, fair, and equitable participation in the hiring process. Our complete Accommodation Policy can be viewed online at: https://www.dal.ca/policies.

Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, and persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

For further information regarding this position, or to request accommodation at any stage of the hiring process, please contact the Chair of the selection committee, Dr. Lord Abbey, Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences at labbey@dal.ca . Applications for this position must be made through Dalhousie’s online portal accessed via this posting. Closing date for submission of applications is March 17, 2023. A quick link for direct access to posting: https://dal.peopleadmin.ca/postings/12442 All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Posting Detail Information:

Close Date: 03/17/2023

Quick Link for Direct Access to Posting:    https://dal.peopleadmin.ca/postings/12442

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