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Assistant Professor in Agronomy

Job Description

The Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences (PFES) in the Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture invites applications from qualified candidates for a full- time, tenure stream faculty position in Agronomy at the Assistant Professor rank. The successful candidate will commence July 1, 2021 (or negotiable) and contribute to Teaching (40%), Research (40%) and Service (20%) responsibilities.

The Faculty of Agriculture (https://www.dal.ca/faculty/agriculture.html) is located on the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus, located in Truro, Nova Scotia. The Faculty offers technical, undergraduate, and graduate (MSc, PhD) programs in agriculture, aquaculture, environment, and related life and social science disciplines, and is home to approximately 1,000 students and 50+ professors. Dalhousie University is the largest university in the Maritime region of Canada and a member of Canada’s U15 research-intensive university group. It is comprised of 13 faculties with a current enrollment of 18,500 graduate and undergraduate students, including 3,500 in graduate programs, from 115 countries.

The Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences is home to a vibrant team of scientists and instructors focused on four priority areas: environmental sciences and agroecology, plant and horticultural sciences, food science, and landscape architecture. Related areas of departmental research strengths include soil health, climate change, organic agriculture and agroecology. The department also benefits from strong collaborations with the agricultural industry, and research stations of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, throughout the Atlantic region and beyond.

Cropping systems in Atlantic Canada are diverse with major industry sectors linked to perennial (blueberry, forages) and annual crop (potatoes, cereals, pulses and oilseeds) production. Agri-environmental challenges include soil organic matter decline, soil erosion, and impacts of excess nitrogen and phosphorus fertilization. The incumbent for this position will conduct research that (i) improves the efficiency, productivity and sustainability of cropping systems, with a primary focus on annual cash crops; (ii) undertakes a systems approach to improve crop resilience to biotic and abiotic stresses and reduce cropping systems environmental impacts; (iii) utilizes innovative and advanced technologies and tools including digital spatial and temporal data; and (iv)supports value added cropping systems including novel crop development and organic production systems.

The successful candidate will be required to teach undergraduate students as well as mentor and train graduate students. The teaching assignment will reflect the expertise of the successful candidate within the needs of the department, and may include courses at the entry- and/or upper- level. Service responsibilities include development of good working relationships with appropriate commodity and community groups, industry and government. The candidate is expected to maintain professional membership in the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists and become an active, engaged member of the Department, Faculty and University. Activities at local, national and international levels are expected to promote continuous improvement in research, teaching and learning at Dalhousie.

The successful applicant will:

  • Hold a PhD in agronomy or a closely related discipline.
  • Have a record of independent systems-based agronomic research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, or demonstrate potential for strong research publication record.
  • Demonstrate an ability or potential to acquire research funding through grant-writing and will be evaluated on their potential to develop a strong externally funded program, including Tri-Council (https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca) funding.
  • Show evidence of their potential to become an international leader in the field of agronomy. We seek a team-player and team-builder who can forge synergies within and between academia, government research institutions, industry, and other stakeholders within and beyond the Atlantic Region.
  • Demonstrate experience to, or potential to, teach effectively at the undergraduate level.
  • Ideally have completed (and show evidence for) at least some professional development related to teaching.
  • Be a clear and stimulating communicator who can inspire students of all levels, support Faculty initiatives, and participate in growing the reputation of the Faculty and University.
  • Be eligible to become a professional agrologist in Nova Scotia.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. In keeping with the principles of employment equity, this position is restricted to candidates who self-identify in one or more of the following groups: Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, and persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity

(see  https://www.dal.ca/becounted/selfid for definitions of these groups). All such qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Dalhousie University recognizes that career paths can be diverse and that career interruptions may occur. Applicants are encouraged to include, in their cover letter, an explanation of the impact that any career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement.

Dalhousie University recognizes its obligation to accommodate candidates in order to ensure full, fair, and equitable participation in the hiring process. Our complete Accommodation Policy can be viewed online at:  https://www.dal.ca/policies.

For further information regarding this position, or to request accommodation at any stage of the hiring process, please contact the Chair of the selection committee, Dr. Derek Lynch, Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture: [email protected] Applications for this position must be made through Dalhousie’s online portal via this posting.

Closing date: Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Posting Number: F178P

Type of position: Tenure Stream

Department/Unit: Plant, Food and Environmental Sciences
Location: Truro

How to Apply

Application Deadline: 01/05/2021

A complete application package for this position should include:

  • A cover letter summarizing qualifications and experience related to this position (maximum of 2 pages).
  • A detailed CV.
  • A prospective research plan, including explanation of how equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) will be integrated and promoted (maximum of 3 pages).
  • Statement on teaching interests, experience, and philosophy, including explanation of how EDI will be integrated (maximum of 2 pages).
  • Reprints of up to four publications related to agronomy or a closely related discipline.
  • Names,  addresses and emails of three references (applicants selected for further consideration will be notified before referees are contacted)

Quick Link for Direct Access to posting:  http://dal.peopleadmin.ca/postings/5158

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  • 1.  Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 2.  Cover Letter
  • 3.  Teaching Statement
  • 4.  Research Statement
  • 5.  Sample Publication(s)
  • 6. List of referees