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Biology - Assistant Professor (Ecology of the Land-Sea-Interface)

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
Date posted: 2018-10-22
Advertised until: 2018-12-23

Memorial University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada.  As the province’s only university, Memorial plays an integral role in the education and cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador.  Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate programs to almost 18,000 students, Memorial provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning in St. John’s, a safe friendly city with great historic charm, a vibrant cultural life and easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities.

The Department of Biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland is seeking a tenure-track faculty appointment at the level of assistant professor, subject to budgetary approval.

ECOLOGY OF THE LAND-SEA-INTERFACE: With this appointment we seek to bridge the gap between the Biology Department’s strength in Terrestrial Boreal Ecology and the recently funded Ocean Frontiers Institute ( The successful applicant would be expected to bridge research activities focused on land with those based in the ocean, and create a truly landscape view of nearshore processes and dynamics. Specific expertise might be in phycology, parasitology (e.g. disease and aquaculture), nutrient dynamics from watershed to coastal zones, or other related areas.

Applicants must possess a PhD, and have a strong academic and research background. The successful applicants will be expected to develop an internationally recognized research program, and teach in both undergraduate and graduate programs. A letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, a statement of proposed research or draft NSERC proposal and list of equipment/facilities needed should be sent to the Head, Department of Biology, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL A1B 3X9. E-mail applications should be sent to chussey@MUN.CA.  The names and addresses of three referees, including email addresses should be sent separately to Head of Biology to Closing date for receipt of applications is 5:00 p.m. on January 28, 2019.

Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) is Atlantic Canada’s largest research and teaching university, and the Biology Department supports one of its largest undergraduate and graduate programs (~ 120 graduate students, MSc and PhD combined). MUN is particularly well situated to promote research involving boreal and cold-ocean species and ecosystems. Members of the Biology Department have access to many outstanding departmental and university research and teaching facilities such as the MUN Botanical Garden, genomics facilities, and the Ocean Sciences Centre in St. John’s, the Bonne Bay Marine Station in Gros Morne National Park, and the Harlow Campus outside London (England), as well as Provincial and Federal resources through Parks Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service, Canadian Forest Service, Agriculture & Agri-Foods Canada, and Provincial Departments of Natural Resources and Environment & Conservation. A detailed description of the Department’s research program is at

The Biology Department is scheduled to move into MUN’s new core science building (Sept 2020). The building is designed to increase access to shared equipment and to engender research collaborations within and among departments (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology and with some offices and meeting rooms that will give the Ocean Sciences department some presence in the building). The move to the core science facilities will add some new features for our department. Of particular note for this current position search are the necropsy room, hose-down room and field room additions.

Memorial University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified women and men, visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.  As part of Memorial University’s commitment to employment equity, all applicants are invited to identify themselves as a member of a target group(s) as appropriate.  Applicants cannot be considered as a member of a target group(s) unless they complete an employment equity survey.  If you do not receive a survey or have any questions, please contact

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

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