Department of Botany in the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Position Description

The Department of Botany in the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver seeks candidates for a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor in the area of Plant Developmental Biology, with start date no earlier than July 1, 2024.

The position requires a minimum of PhD degree, postdoctoral experience, and an exceptional track record in the field of Plant Developmental Biology. The successful candidate is expected to establish an independent and innovative research program using cellular, molecular, genetic and /or genomic approaches to address fundamental mechanisms of plant development, effectively teach and supervise undergraduate and graduate students, and contribute to departmental service. They will also have a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, to create a welcoming community for all, particularly those who are historically, persistently or systemically marginalized.

In evaluating candidates, we may also consider evidence of leadership within the candidate’s community, and demonstrated interest in evidence-based teaching approaches. The position includes opportunities for strong interaction with UBC’s Biodiversity Research Centre, Michael Smith Laboratories (MSL), Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC Botanical Garden, Faculty of Land & Food Systems, and the Faculty of Forestry.

Location Description

The Botany Department, with 30 research faculty members, is one of the strongest botanical/plant-science-focused departments in North America, offering a wide range of research and educational programs ( The UBC Botany Department embraces research, teaching and learning at the frontiers of plant/algae, fungi, and protist biology. This organismal diversity is being studied at all biological levels from the biochemical, molecular, genomic and cellular mechanisms underlying plant growth and responses to the changing environment and disease, and from the evolution of species and domains of life, to the ecology of populations, communities, ecosystems, and the biosphere. The Botany Department collaborates with the Zoology Department to teach the UBC Biology undergraduate program. The department has a strong tradition of enhanced educational experiences, engaging undergraduates in research, and scholarship of teaching and learning. Research in the department is supported by the microscopy infrastructure in the Bioimaging Facility, the Sequencing Consortium, and the Centre for Plant Growth.

Application Instructions


  1. Cover letter (up to 2 pages) describing your research vision and accomplishments, how your expertise, scholarship and planned research will integrate with the Department of Botany, with examples of leadership in research, teaching, service, community engagement, outreach, contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion, or other relevant activities.
  2. Curriculum vitae including a list of publications.
  3. Research statement (up to 2 pages) describing your current and proposed research program.
  4. Teaching statement (1-2 pages) describing teaching philosophy/interests and accomplishments, addressing how you will teach core undergraduate courses in the UBC Biology program.
  5. Up to 3 representative publications.
  6. Names and contact information for 3 referees.
  7. Diversity statement (1 page) describing your lived background experience (if comfortable), and your past experience and future plans regarding working with a diverse student body, and contributing to a culture of equity and inclusion. Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with UBC EDI mandates and resources ( when preparing the statement.

Applications must be addressed to Botany Head, Professor Shawn Mansfield and submitted via Academic Jobs Online  The closing date for applications is December 18, 2023 at 5pm (Pacific Standard Time).

Additional Information:

The Vancouver campus of UBC is situated on traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam).

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  Inclusion is built by individual and institutional responsibility through continuous engagement with diversity to inspire people, ideas, and actions for a better world. 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, Métis, Inuk, or Indigenous person. In assessing applications, UBC recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., parental leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority, and members of historically marginalized groups will be given special consideration.

Also, within this hiring process we will make efforts to create an inclusive and equitable process for all candidates (including but not limited to people with disabilities).  Confidential accommodations are available on request for applicants who are short-listed by contacting Jessica Sui, Faculty HR Manager at