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Assistant Professor, Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences

University of Northern British Columbia

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Environment

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The University of Northern British Columbia invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Department of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences at the rank of Assistant Professor, with proposed starting date of July 1, 2022 (negotiable). 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 a major in Environmental Science and various minors, including a minor in Soil Science. Faculty supervise MSc and PhD students within the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies graduate program at UNBC. The successful candidate should be qualified to teach into a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in soil science, and one or more of geochemistry, environmental measurements, waste management, and environmental reclamation. UNBC prides itself in offering an interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching. The successful candidate will have numerous opportunities to collaborate with faculty, and to teach students, associated with other degree programs, including those located within the Faculty of Environment and the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

We seek an outstanding soil scientist, or a scientist with similar expertise, with primary strengths in soil chemistry, environmental chemistry and/or mineralogy. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous externally funded research program that will enhance knowledge in soil science or a related field. The proximity of UNBC to the forestry, mining, and petroleum industries, as well as a growing agricultural sector, provides many opportunities to those wishing to include an applied component in their research program.

Applicants for this position should hold a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Soil Science, or a cognate discipline, have a growing record of scholarly activity, and present evidence of and commitment to teaching excellence.

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, with a core campus in Prince George and three regional campuses in Northern BC (Quesnel, Fort St. John and Terrace). We have a passion for teaching, discovery, people, the environment, and the North. Our region is comprised of friendly communities, 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 BC’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 world. 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 students and professors get to know one another. 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 4 per cent of higher education institutions worldwide in 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, the names and addresses of three references (including telephone and email information), and the following form which can be found here: quoting posting #FAENSC02-21 BW to:

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

Email submissions:
Inquiries: Dr. Gail Fondahl, Acting Chair, Department of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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 December 15, 2021, will receive full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.