Faculty position, tenure-track assistant professor, University of Victoria, Canada (Indigenous applicants)

The Faculty of Science invites applications from Indigenous scholars for three faculty positions in any field of Science. The three available positions are at the tenure-track assistant professor level and are cross-posted across our six departments: Biochemistry & Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Ocean Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics & Astronomy.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • A PhD degree in either life sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, or related discipline; or expect to obtain that degree soon (“all but dissertation”).
  • Potential to develop an impactful, independent research program as demonstrated for example through high-quality research shared through outlets such as academic publications, interdisciplinary projects, and community-based projects.
  • A commitment to undergraduate and graduate education (such as supervision/mentorship) including
    • potential to develop and teach courses.
    • potential to implement new teaching initiatives.
    • potential to supervise diverse personnel effectively and create an equitable and inclusive working environment.
  • Record of, or potential for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • A record, potential, or desire to support Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in teaching and learning, including a potential to supervise diverse research personnel effectively and create an equitable and inclusive working environment.
  • A positive attitude about collaborating and participating in activities across the department, faculties and universities.
  • Demonstrated respect for different opinions and consideration for different point of views.

The following are considered assets:

  • The candidate has interest, potential or experience in either (a) working with Indigenous ways of knowing, or (b) in infusing Indigenous science approaches and perspectives into science.
  • Postdoctoral experience is
  • Potential for, and interest in mentorship, representation, and guidance of Indigenous students.
  • Potential for, and interest in land and water-based teaching, community-engaged scholarship, Indigenous scholarship, and engaging with UVic’s First Peoples House.
  • Record of, potential for, and interest in improving the participation of underrepresented groups in science.
  • Potential for, and interest in implementing new teaching initiatives including land, water, and community-engaged teaching.

In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, the selection will be limited to Indigenous peoples. Our search committee will review the pool of applications from those who self-identify with this designated group. Candidates from this group must self-identify in their cover letter to be considered for this position.

The candidate’s qualifications, experience, overall market demand, discipline, and the unit appointed to will determine a candidate’s final salary offer. The salary for this position includes a competitive salary range of $102,380 – $143,204. UVic is committed to offering an equitable and competitive salary, inclusive of a generous benefits package, eligible leaves, and pension plan.

Additional information

The Faculty of Science at UVic
The six departments in the Faculty of Science at UVic host over 140 research-active faculty members, 400 graduate students and several dozen professional researchers and support staff. All of us are deeply committed to diversification across our ranks, particularly, although not limited to people who are Indigenous, racialized, disabled, and/or have marginalized sexualities and gender identities.

We educate 3000 undergraduate students in 30 different degree programs, and confer degrees from the bachelor to doctoral level. The Faculty of Science also supports six research centres – from forest biology to particle physics – and is host to 12 Canada Research Chairs. The University of Victoria is ranked #3 in the world for climate action (2023 THE Impact Rankings), and UVic is ranked 5th in Canada and #220 globally for research impact across all sciences (2023 Times Higher Education). All high rankings are in no small part due to the research and education conducted by researchers and instructors in our six departments.

The UVic Faculty of Science is the destination of choice for curious minds.

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement.  Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; if you are neither a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, please indicate if you are authorized to work in Canada and be prepared to provide a copy of your permit authorizing same.

Contact information

To be considered please send:

  • a cover letter that addresses the full scope of the job requirements and includes Indigenous self-identification,
  • a curriculum vitae,
  • a brief statement of interest in engaging with Indigenous knowledge and research
  • a statement on equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigenization.
  • appropriate evidence of research (for example, up to five publications or equivalent work – either completed or in progress),
  • a brief teaching dossier containing e.g. teaching philosophy, syllabi of courses taught, and/or teaching interests,
  • contact information for four references.

Application packages should be addressed to Dr. Peter Loock, Dean, Faculty of Science (scieoff@uvic.ca) and will be reviewed starting from March 4th, 2024. Applications will be accepted until all three positions are filled.

Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

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