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Assistant Professor (Tenure - Track) in Chemical Oceanography

UBC - Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Vancouver, British Columbia (CA)
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Sep 24, 2023

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The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) in the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC) seeks candidates for an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) full-time, Chemical Oceanography / Marine Biogeochemistry with an expected start date of July 2024.

We seek a scholar who will conduct innovative research and contribute strongly to teaching programs with a focus on open ocean and/or coastal water chemistry. The candidate will have a strong interest in developing and applying geochemical tools to investigate the processes that control the distribution, sources, sinks, and biogeochemical cycling of marine elements, molecules, and/or their isotopic compositions, and using this information to resolve the interplay between chemical, biological, geological, and physical processes that control the chemical composition of seawater, its spatiotemporal variability, and its response to changing marine conditions.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Earth or marine sciences, environmental chemistry, oceanography, or a related discipline at the time of appointment, and will have made, or show promise of making, impactful contributions to knowledge of ocean chemistry. Candidates should possess a strong record of research productivity commensurate with their experience, or if limited in opportunities to demonstrate this, be able to communicate a strong vision for research in the field of chemical oceanography. The candidate will be expected to develop a robust, externally funded, and internationally-recognized research program, successfully supervise graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, effectively teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Chemical Oceanography and related fields, and participate in departmental activities. Evidence of teaching excellence and interest in innovative teaching methods is welcomed. An interest in contributing to field-based learning experiences is also desirable, but not required.

They will have a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, to create a welcoming community for all, particularly those who are historically, persistently or systemically margin-alized.

EOAS is a dynamic, inter-disciplinary Earth Sciences department, with research and teaching interests spanning the history of Earth and its functioning from the core to the stratosphere ( This position will build on EOAS's internationally recognized strength in oceanographic research, with the potential to bridge to other disciplines investigating broader interactions of the ocean with the Earth system. EOAS houses state-of-the-art chemical clean laboratories and analytical instrumentation at the Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (PCIGR) and at the Microbeam and X-ray Diffraction Facility. UBC is also home to numerous shared research facilities, and provides access to a wide range of field sampling opportunities in coastal and offshore marine environments in the Pacific and Arctic Oceans.

UBC and EOAS strive to be leaders in diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a commitment to representation. UBC's strategic plan identifies inclusion as one of our key priorities. We welcome colleagues with the experiences and competencies to contribute to our principles of inclusion, equity and diversity throughout campus life, and all candidates with experience and interest in supporting historically and currently marginalized groups in their teaching or research, building on existing efforts across the UBC Faculty of Science (

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

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

How to apply: Candidates can submit their applications through the following link:

They should upload a single PDF file that includes:

  • a cover letter,
  • a detailed curriculum vitae,
  • a one-page summary of research interests and accomplishments,
  • a one-page outline of a potential five-year research program, including potential funding sources,
  • a one-page statement of teaching philosophy,
  • up to three recent publications (or other research contributions), and
  • the names and contact information for three referees.
  • 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.

The closing date for applications is October 1, 2023, at which point referees will be contacted for those applicants selected for further consideration to provide letters within a three-week timeframe. We aim to conduct in-person interviews before the end of 2023. The successful applicant will be expected to start as soon as July 2024, or at a date of mutual agreement. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Questions should be directed to the Search Committee at

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, Inuit, 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

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