University of British Columbia
Faculty of Forestry
Department of Wood Science
Assistant/Associate Professor in Bioproducts Biotechnology
Applications are invited for a faculty position at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level in the field of bioproducts biotechnology in the Department of Wood Science at the University of British Columbia.
Preference will be given to visionary candidates who show promise or accomplishments in one or more of the following research streams:
• Use of biocatalysts such as microbes and enzymes to process lignocellulosic biomass in more sustainable ways
• Utilization of “omics-tools” for the molecular mechanisms of microbially-mediated polymer synthesis, such as tailored polysaccharides
• New approaches to design “cell factories/enzymes” or other biomass resources for the production of tailor-made bio-based fuels, chemicals, and/or materials.
A vital component of the future bioeconomy will involve harnessing of biotechnology to valorize renewable biomass feedstocks via enzymatic and/or microbial strategies or other biotechnology-based processes. The Department of Wood Science has a dynamic, world-renowned cluster working in both the upstream and downstream processing of plant-based resources, into which the successful candidate would be integrated. Further opportunities exist to collaborate across the Faculty in areas including sustainability assessment using techno-economic assessment (TEA), product and social Life Cycle Assessment (LCA & S-LCA) to assess the economic viability, environmental, and social impacts of the various biotechnological approaches.
The applicant will also be integrated into the UBC Bioproducts Institute (www.bpi.ubc.ca), a Global Research Excellence Institute at UBC. Within the BPI, numerous additional collaborative possibilities exist with colleagues in the Departments of Microbiology, Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, and the Michael Smith Laboratories. Relevant BPI thematic areas include Biocatalytic Transformation and Engineering of Biomass, Bio-based Polymers and Carbon Materials, BioProducts Ecosystem Analysis, and Biorefinery Systems. It is expected that the applicant will add to UBC strengths in these areas.
Applicants must have training in a biotechnology-related discipline (e.g., chemical engineering, microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, wood science, or other related fields), and show evidence of an established track record for applying these innovative technologies to lignocellulose biomass, fibre and/or polysaccharide processing. World Class research facilities, including well-equipped laboratories rich in analytical instrumentation, molecular biology, protein biology, and wood fibre and biomaterials testing analytics are readily available. In addition, a Process Development Unit (fermenters, pretreatment reactors, and fractionation equipment) are available for any work requiring scale-up processes or reactions. The individual will be expected to establish a world-class research group and to teach in the evolving Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology (BEST) undergraduate program that was launched in September 2020. In addition, the individual will contribute to the establishment of a related non-thesis Masters program.
The Department of Wood Science currently includes 23 faculty members working across a range of disciplines. The Faculty of Forestry, one of the largest such faculties globally, has over 80 faculty members and provides opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with world-class researchers. For more information on the Department, BEST, CAWP, and the Faculty of Forestry, see www.wood.ubc.ca, https://forestry.ubc.ca/programs/undergraduate/forest-bioeconomy-sciences-technology/, www.cawp.ubc.ca, and www.forestry.ubc.ca, respectively.
This position is at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level (tenure-track), based on teaching and research experience. The anticipated start date for the position is 1 September 2022, but this may be negotiated. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. All UBC positions are subject to final budgetary approval.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the BC 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, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Your application package should include a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests relevant to the position, up to five recent publications that highlight your contribution to the field, and three letters of reference (colleagues and/or previous supervisors who are familiar with your academic endeavors). Please also indicate in your application if you are a Canadian or permanent resident of Canada.
Please email your application package in a single PDF file to FPB.email@example.com. The deadline for receiving applications, including reference letters, is March 31, 2022.
Questions should be directed to Prof. Shawn Mansfield, Chair of Search Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).