Assistant Professor, Plant Evolution and Development
University of Toronto Scarborough
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Type: Full Time
Salary: Commensurate w qualifications
Area of Focus:
The University of Toronto Scarborough is implementing a new Strategic Plan: Inspiring Inclusive Excellence. Consistent with the values and objectives in that plan, we especially welcome candidates who self-identify as Indigenous or those who have lived experience in Black or other racialized (persons of colour) communities. This position is part of a cohort of similar faculty searches in Anthropology, Arts, Culture & Media, Biological Sciences, Health & Society, Historical and Cultural Studies, Language Studies, Political Science, Management, and Psychology. New colleagues will have the opportunity to be connected with previous cohorts of faculty from under-represented groups, including those hired in the last three years in departments spanning the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities.
The successful candidate may utilize tools from molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, cytology, or multi-omics and computational approaches to study the evolution of plant forms, function, or genomes, in a research program that should complement and deepen our existing departmental strengths. The Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology group currently focuses on plant-biotic and -abiotic interactions using a combination of whole plant physiology, molecular, genetic, biochemical and cellular approaches. Candidates who use non-model plant species or models of early-diverging plant species are strongly encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate will be expected to conduct innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program. Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field-relevant academic journals, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades for work in the field, an innovative research statement and strong endorsements by referees of high international standing.
Candidates will also be expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching through a teaching statement highlighting previous experience that can include leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, delivering conference presentations or posters, or experience as a teaching assistant or course instructor. Excellence in teaching may also be demonstrated through materials such as sample course syllabi (either of courses delivered by the candidate or planned for the future), course evaluations, or other evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities submitted as part of the application. Other teaching-related activities may include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, excellent conference posters or presentations, and/or strong engagement with local communities, conservation organizations, ecosystem managers, and the general public.
Applicants must have a PhD in Biological Sciences, or a related field, and at least one year of postdoctoral research experience relevant to the position, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching.