Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Social-Ecological Systems (Deadline: May 15, 2014)

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Social-Ecological Systems

The Department of Forest Resources Management in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in social-ecological systems. The UBC Faculty of Forestry conducts national and international research and provides undergraduate and postgraduate education in forest management, forest sciences, conservation science and management, and wood science and processing. Included is research on animals, plants, people, and their interactions, with a special emphasis on forest environments.

Candidates for this position must have (or will have by June 2014) a Ph.D. in the field of social aspects of resource management at multiple scales. It is expected that the successful candidate will do research on the interdependence of biophysical systems, human behaviour and governance. The candidate should be comfortable working with interdisciplinary perspectives in this field and mobilize that knowledge for natural resources planning, policy and management. Familiarity with the operations of international conservation mechanisms and organizations is essential. The candidate should have demonstrated success in publishing in relevant peer-reviewed literature.
The individual should have interests in one or more of the following areas:

    • Qualitative and quantitative social research methods
    • Environmental and socio-cultural values
    • Resource management in changing landscapes (focus on institutional, policy and human behavioural dimensions)
    • Sustainability and conservation in changing landscapes (focus on institutional, policy and human behavioural dimensions)
    • Decision making under uncertainty
    • Science/policy interface

Since this position will play an important role in teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, evidence of excellent post-secondary teaching is essential. Teaching responsibilities will include CONS 200 – Foundations of Conservation (a large course fundamental to several undergraduate programs), a social research methods course and at least one other course related to human dimensions of conservation. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a strong research program, and contribute to the Faculty’s strategic aims and graduate student research.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Canada will be given priority. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

Your application should include curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests relevant to the position, up to three citations (or pdf’s) of recent publications that highlight your contribution to the field, and the names, addresses and e-mail addresses of three people to provide professional references. Please also indicate in your application if you are a Canadian or permanent resident of Canada. Please send applications to:

Heather Akai, Administrator
Department of Forest Resources Management
2nd floor, Forest Sciences Centre
2045 – 2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4
E-mail: heather.akai@ubc.ca

The deadline for applications is May 15, 2014. The expected starting date for this position is July 1, 2014, but an alternative date may be arranged.