University of Manitoba
Department of Soil Science
Position Start Date: April 1, 2020
Position Number: 28506
Title: Assistant Professor of Soil Fertility and Agronomy (Tenure Track)
Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Posting End Date: January 31, 2020
The Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Soil Fertility and Agronomy at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position begins on April 1, 2020, or as soon as possible after that. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The position will contribute to teaching, research, service and outreach functions grounded in the Department’s pillars of sustainable food production systems, soil and environmental health, greenhouse gas and climate change mitigation and adaptation, and seasonally-frozen soils and environments.
The successful applicant will be a core contributor to the agronomic expertise in the Department
(www.umanitoba.ca/afs/soil_science) and FAFS, and will develop an externally-funded field research program focusing on the effects of nutrient management on crop yield, crop quality, agricultural sustainability and environmental quality. The successful applicant will benefit from excellent research facilities and the intense dedication to research, teaching, and outreach by Department members. Anticipated establishment of an NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in 4R Nutrient Management provides the successful candidate an excellent opportunity to be a member of a team to strengthen the Department as a leader in soil fertility, crop nutrition and nutrient management in Canada. The Department has excellent research infrastructure and facilities, including the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm, a 406-acre facility located 70 km southwest of Winnipeg; and the Glenlea Research Station, a 1,000-acre facility 20 km south of Winnipeg, as well as successful cooperation with farmers for siting field trials across Manitoba. The Department also benefits from collaborations with other institutions and with provincial and federal departments, including Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, which has two major centres in Manitoba: the Cereal Research Centre located at Morden, and the Brandon Research and Development Centre. The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences is home to the National Centre for Livestock and Environment (NCLE, https://umanitoba.ca/faculties/afs/ncle/index.html), which engages in multi-disciplinary, multi-agency research partnerships focused on furthering the long term economic and environmental sustainability of integrated livestock and crop production systems.
Qualified applicants must possess a Ph.D. in soil science, agronomy or a closely related discipline with a focus on soil fertility, crop nutrition, and/or nutrient management; a record of excellence in field research as demonstrated by scholarly publications; the potential for developing an exciting and impactful field research program, including supervision of graduate students; demonstrated ability or potential for high quality undergraduate and graduate teaching; and excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to engage with a wide audience, including farmers and the agricultural industry. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in soil fertility and related subjects in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS).
The University of Manitoba, founded more than 140 years ago, is located in Winnipeg and is Manitoba’s largest research-intensive university. The University community is comprised of close to 30,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and over 140,000 alumni. A vibrant, prairie city with a population exceeding 700,000, Winnipeg boasts world-class arts and entertainment, professional sports teams, and an affordable, balanced lifestyle; for more information, visit www.tourismwinnipeg.com
The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
Applicants are requested to submit the following materials, preferably via email as one PDF file attachment, by the application deadline of January 31, 2020. These materials will be shared with the members of the search committee.
1) A cover letter
2) Short statements of:
a) Research interests and scholarly work in relation to soil fertility, crop nutrition and nutrient management;
b) Experience in, and approach to, training and mentoring a diverse student population
3) A curriculum vitae that includes the names of three referees
4) Other materials that help support the applicant’s application
Dr. Francis Zvomuya,
Head, Department of Soil Science,
University of Manitoba 362 Ellis Building,
13 Freedman Crescent
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2 Canada
Telephone: (204) 474-9932
Please refer to Position Number 28506 in the subject line.
Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provisions of “The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy” (Manitoba). If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact U of M’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator, Valerie Williams at Valerie.Williams@umanitoba.ca or (204) 474-8371.