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Brock University - Assistant Professor Positions, Tenure Track, Department of Biological Sciences

Employer: Brock University

Closing Date: April 15, 2020

Location: St. Catharines, ON

Job Description:

The Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University is seeking applications for three tenure track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor: grapevine physiologist; ecologist; and microbiologist. Applicants for each position should possess a Ph.D., post-doctoral experience, have demonstrated strength in undergraduate teaching and research supervision, and a track record of scientific excellence and publications. The successful applicants will be expected to build and maintain an internationally recognised externally funded research program that integrates undergraduate and graduate students.

About Brock University: The Brock University experience is second to none in Canada. Located in historic Niagara region, Brock offers all the benefits of a young and modern university in a safe, community-minded city, with beautiful natural surroundings. With over 19,000 students and more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in seven diverse Faculties, Brock excels at providing exceptional experiential learning opportunities and highly rated student and campus life experiences.

 About the Position: The ecologist position can be in any area of ecology, and include field or laboratory components, with an emphasis on quantitative approaches. Preference will be given to candidates examining broad-scale ecological patterns and processes in the fields of Applied Ecology, Macroecology, Quantitative Ecology, Conservation Biology, Ecosystem Ecology, Ecosystem Services, or Global Change Biology. Current interests in the department range from vector ecology, applied ecology, environmental sustainability, conservation biology, behavioural ecology, physiological ecology, and biodiversity.

Grapevine physiology applicants should focus on the Canadian grape and wine industry such as grapevine cold hardiness, clone and rootstock interactions on plant health and wine quality, plant growth and development, or disease resistance. We particularly seek candidates with extensive expertise in viticulture who are able to contribute strong undergraduate and graduate teaching in courses such as grapevine cultural practices, grapevine biology, grape pest management, introduction to wines, advanced wine flavour, plant physiology, plant growth and development, and current topics in basic and applied plant biology within our broad based programs including Oenology and Viticulture, Biology, Biochemistry, and Biotechnology.

Applicants for the Microbiology position should have a research program focused on one or more of the following areas of microbiology: virology, bacterial genetics, microbiome analysis and bioinformatics. We particularly seek candidates with broad expertise who are able to contribute strong undergraduate and graduate teaching in courses such as Virology, Bacterial Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, within our broad-based programs including Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Oenology and Viticulture, and Biomedical Sciences.

 Qualifications: For all positions, supervision of undergraduate and graduate students, and contributions to the graduate program in Biological Sciences through supervisory committees, are expected. Teaching requirements could include undergraduate and graduate courses.

Information about the Department of Biological Sciences can be found at the department website:

Applicants to each position should apply via (career opportunities tab, external job postings) by submitting a letter of application with an extensive summary of a proposed research program, a statement of teaching philosophy, a CV, reprints of several recent publications, and contact information for three academic references to the Chairs of the individual search committees listed below. Applicants should also include a one page statement on how equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is implemented into their training, teaching and research philosophy (guidelines are outlined at the following links:

The start date for each position is negotiable, but as early as July 1, 2020. Complete applications that are received by April 15, 2020 will receive full consideration, but review of applications will continue until all positions are filled. All applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their application by email, however only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews. The availability of these positions is subject to final budgetary approval.

 Review of applications will commence on April 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of Employment Equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application.

Questions can be directed to the chairs of the individual search committees listed below.

Grapevine physiologist: Dr. Debbie Inglis
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Ecologist: Dr. Fiona Hunter
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Microbiologist: Dr. Michael J. Bidochka
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Department of Biological Sciences
Brock University
St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1
Ph: 905-688-5550 x3388

We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  

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