Tenure-Stream Position – Elizabeth May Chair in Sustainability and Environment

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 faculty position at the rank of assistant professor. The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science provides a dynamic setting for innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship that addresses important societal challenges related to the interaction of earth system processes and human development.

We are seeking an exceptional emerging scholar whose academic activities in research and teaching are focused at the intersection of earth systems science, human use of resources and sustainable development with consequences for human population health. We are particularly interested in applicants who have established scholarship in the area of One Health and/or Exposure Science, who employ or have experience in the application of spatial methods, and who can contribute expertise to departmental and university-wide geospatial information science and technology certificates and programs. Finally, we are especially interested in candidates whose research aligns with at least one of the Dalhousie University priority research areas (Ocean Studies; Advanced Materials and Clean Technology; Health and Wellness; and Governance, Society and Culture)

Eligible applicants must hold a doctoral degree, must demonstrate research excellence and productivity, have the potential to attain external grant funding for their research program, and have a strong interest and aptitude for the teaching and mentoring of students. Ideally candidates will have training in the environmental sciences, public or population health science and demonstrate competency in the application of epidemiologic principles and associated analytical methods required to explore associations between environmental conditions and health outcomes.

The successful candidate will contribute to innovative, interdisciplinary environment and health research and will be expected to cooperate and work with other researchers, drawing on and building research strengths and capacity, ideally in alignment with Dalhousie’s Research and Innovation Strategic Direction, and the Strategic Plan for the Faculty of Science. Ultimately, the Chair will provide leadership and inspiration through collaborative research, outreach, student engagement, and the development of relationships with communities and cultures within and external to Dalhousie University.

Please submit the following information via PeopleAdmin:

  • a cover letter outlining qualifications for the position;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a maximum two-page document describing the candidate’s proposed research program;
  • sample publications (a maximum of two);
  • a one-page statement describing teaching philosophy and teaching interests; and
  • the contact information for at least three referees with knowledge of your work and/or recognized expertise in your discipline. Letters of reference will be solicited by the Search Committee for long-listed candidates and should not be sent with the initial application.

Assessment of applications will begin on 13th November 2020 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. The appointment will be effective 1st July 2021 or as negotiated.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit https://www.dal.ca/hiringfordiversity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Dalhousie University is recognized internationally for our world-class academic programs and as one of Canada’s leading research institutions. Dalhousie welcomes talented scholars to our home by the ocean and to join our mission to make a lasting impact through the discovery, advancement and sharing of knowledge. The Department represents the recent merger between the Environmental Sciences Program and the Department of Earth Sciences and is currently in a faculty growth phase. The main campus is situated in Halifax – a city known for its vibrant spirit, rich history, and scenic waterfront. Information about the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, current faculty, and research and teaching programmes can be found at: https://www.dal.ca/faculty/science/earth-environmental-sciences.html.

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