Assistant Professor in Urban and Peri-Urban Climate Resilience (Deadline: October 21, 2022)

Position Description

The Department of Forest Resources Management at the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Urban and Peri-Urban Climate Resilience. The successful applicant is expected to play a key role in undergraduate and graduate teaching in the thematic area of social-ecological approaches for advancing climate resilience in urban and peri-urban contexts.

The successful applicant will be an essential part of the Bachelor of Urban Forestry (BUF) and the Master in Urban Forestry Leadership (MUFL) programs. The desired starting date for this position is July 1, 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.


Candidates for this position must have a PhD in environmental science and management, natural resources management, sustainability science, urban forestry or ecology, or related field, with the focus of their research addressing social-ecological approaches for advancing climate resilience in urban and peri-urban settings.

The ideal candidate will have a track record of teaching and research that demonstrates expertise with empirical social science research methods, and an ability to connect social and ecological approaches at local and community scales. Candidates should be comfortable working with interdisciplinary perspectives and committed to advancing the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas of teaching and research. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate a strong potential for scientific publishing and securing research grants.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent research program and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentoring and academic service in the Faculty of Forestry. Applicants should demonstrate a strong interest or experience in conducting collaborative, interdisciplinary work, through existing or proposed research, teaching, leadership, service, community engagement, outreach or other relevant activities. Experience contributing to, or influencing policy will be considered an asset.

How to Apply for this Assistant Professor in Urban and Peri-Urban Climate Resilience Position

Applicants should apply through the UBC Faculty Careers website (Workday Job ID: JR9554). Applications should include the following in a single pdf document:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Statement (up to 2 pages) describing your current and proposed research program, and showing how your work contributes to social-ecological approaches for advancing climate resilience in urban and peri-urban contexts
  4. Statement (up to 1 page) of teaching interests and accomplishments, including specific interests for teaching courses in the UBC Faculty of Forestry
  5. Statement (up to 1 page) identifying your philosophy of and past/proposed contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion, along with your ability to work with a culturally diverse student body (giving specific examples where possible)
  6. Up to 3 representative publications
  7. Names and contact information for three referees

The deadline for applications is October 21, 2022, at 11:59 pm.

Questions about the position may be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Shannon Hagerman (

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Additional Information

The UBC Faculty of Forestry is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) People. As part of ongoing and University-wide efforts, the Faculty of Forestry is committed to taking action towards meaningful reconciliation. The UBC Faculty of Forestry is one of the world’s leading academic institutions in forestry, conducting both national and international research, and providing undergraduate education in seven undergraduate programs: Forest Resources Management, Forest Operations, Urban Forestry, Forest Science, Natural Resources Conservation, Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology, and Wood Products Processing.

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