Indigenous Scholar (Assistant or Associate Professor) in Plant or Animal Biology – University of Manitoba

Indigenous Scholar (Assistant or Associate Professor) in Plant or Animal Biology
Position #23366
Department of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Posted: May 1, 2018

The Faculty of Sciences at the University of Manitoba invites applications from Indigenous (e.g., First Nations (status or non-status), Métis, Inuit) Scholars for two full-time tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, commencing January 1, 2019, or on a date mutually agreed upon. Candidates who are either of Canadian Indigenous background or are Indigenous in their respective countries/territories and whose areas of specialization complement the University’s goals on Indigenous achievement are invited to apply. The specific details of each position are provided below.

The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Me´tis Nation. Creating Pathways to Indigenous Achievement is a key priority for the University, as identified in its 2015-2020 strategic plan, Taking Our Place. Home to a vibrant Indigenous community, including 2,400 First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, the U of M has one of the largest Indigenous student populations in the country. Honoured to be chosen as host of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the U of M is dedicated to advancing Indigenous research and scholarship, and to becoming a centre of excellence for this work.

The University is located in Winnipeg, the largest city in the province of Manitoba. The city has a rich cultural environment and the region provides exciting opportunities for outdoor exploration and recreation in all seasons. Learn more about Winnipeg at

Manitoba’s Indigenous population is young and rapidly growing. Statistics Canada census data suggest that Indigenous peoples will comprise nearly 19 per cent of Manitoba’s population by 2026. The University of Manitoba’s role in reconciliation; its connections with Indigenous students, partners and communities; and its commitment to Indigenous achievement are central to the kind of future the University seeks to create.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, 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, Indigenous Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants must, at application, declare that he/she/they self-identifies an Indigenous (First Nations, Metis or Inuit) Canadian.

The Department seeks an emerging scholar with a commitment to leadership in Indigenous student mentorship and excellence in teaching and research. Outstanding candidates in any area of Plant or Animal Biology will be considered. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. and preferably post-doctoral experience or other distinguishing attributes, such as relevant research experience in Plant or Animal Biology, and have demonstrated experience in, and commitment to, leadership and mentorship related to Indigenous student achievement and engagement. Duties will include undergraduate teaching, graduate teaching and supervision, research, including the establishment of an externally funded research program, and service-related activities.

The Department currently has 31 full time tenured and tenure track faculty members and seven Instructors, and offers a full range of both undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide variety of biological sciences. The Department has well-established and equipped research facilities including infrastructure for imaging using confocal and laser-capture microdissection, GC-MS, next-generation sequencing, high-performance computing, culturing, and analytical biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, animal and plant-rearing including growth chambers and greenhouses, and biological collections. The department is supported by strong research links with other University of Manitoba departments including Microbiology, Chemistry, Plant Science, Entomology, the Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources, and the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. Further information about the Department can be obtained from For further information about the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair at

The successful candidate will have a track record of high quality scholarly research leading to peer assessed publications; will demonstrate the potential to establish an independent, innovative, scholarly, externally fundable research program; will have demonstrated strength in or strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions; and will exhibit evidence of the ability to work in a collaborative environment. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a description of teaching philosophy, a summary of research interests, a three-page research plan, a one-page plan for leadership and mentorship in the context of Indigenous student achievement in the department and Faculty of Science, the name and contact information (phone and e-mail) of three referees, and Indigenous self-declaration verification should be sent by email in a single pdf file to


Priority will be given to candidates who apply before July 15th, 2018, but the search will remain open until the position is filled. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Please note that curricula vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.