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Elizabeth May Chair in Sustainability and Environmental Health

Dalhousie University
Halifax (City), Nova Scotia (CA)
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Nov 26, 2023

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The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Dalhousie University invites applications for the Elizabeth May Chair in Sustainability and Environmental Health, an endowed tenure-track or probationary tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor. The mission of the Elizabeth May Chair is to provide inspirational, experiential, and transformative leadership for sustainability and environmental health scholarship through research and teaching. We are currently seeking an exceptional individual whose research focuses on the impact of synthetic contaminants (e.g. plastics, pesticides, industrial compounds, antibiotics and/or other pollutants) on ecosystem health in coastal and/or marine environments.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in environmental science or a closely related field, with post-doctoral experience considered an advantage. Successful candidates must demonstrate research excellence through the application and/or development of analytic methods and an outstanding track record of scholarly publications.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers two undergraduate programs, a B.Sc. in Earth Science and a B.Sc. in Environmental Science, in addition to M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Earth and Environmental Sciences. The successful candidate is expected to develop and maintain a rigorous externally funded research program that expands the research portfolio of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences while actively participating in the teaching initiatives of both the B.Sc. in Environmental Science (ability to teach in the areas of impact assessment and/or environmental chemistry is considered an asset), and the graduate programs. Eligible applicants must demonstrate their interest, commitment, and ability to contribute to teaching and student mentoring within the Department.

Application Instructions:

Submit the following information via Dalhousie University’s PeopleAdmin system (

  • a cover letter outlining your qualifications for the position; a curriculum vitae; a maximum two-page statement describing your proposed research program; a maximum two-page statement describing your teaching philosophy and teaching interests; a maximum one-page statement addressing your past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service; pdf copies of 3 of your academic papers that you feel are most relevant to the position; and the contact information for at least three referees with knowledge of your work and/or recognized expertise in your discipline. Please note: letters of reference will be solicited by the Search Committee for short-listed candidates and should not be sent with the initial application.

Applications are due by 26th November 2023. The appointment will be effective 1st July 2024 or as negotiated.

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

Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, and persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

If you require any support for the purpose of accommodation, such as technical aids or alternative arrangements, please let us know of these needs and how we can be of assistance. Dalhousie University is committed to ensuring all candidates have full, fair, and equitable participation in the hiring process. Our complete Accommodation Policy can be viewed here.


Dalhousie University, situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a world-renowned educational institution with a student population of over 16,000. Currently, Dalhousie University has 11 faculties that offer 3,700 courses in 180 areas of study. Since 1818 when the university was established, Dalhousie has been integral in supporting a vibrant and diverse community.
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