Assistant or Associate Professor of Environmental Risk Management and Communication

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Position: 
Assistant or Associate Professor of Environmental Risk Management and Communication
Job Type: 
Academic
Organization: 
The School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan
Location: 
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Website: 
http://www.usask.ca/sens
Deadline: 
April 21, 2014

 

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2)

Environmental Risk Management and Communication

School of Environment and Sustainability

The School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS), University of Saskatchewan, is looking for a dynamic candidate to fill a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) full-time tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in Environmental Risk Management and Communication. We seek a faculty member whose research and scholarly interests link the study of environmental risk with the societal goal of sustainability. The ideal candidate will have established him/herself as an upcoming leader in problem-oriented research, with a focus on advancing research, policy and/or practice in areas related, but not necessarily limited, to: frameworks for the management and regulation of risk (including governance, policy, law, assessment and management), communication approaches to hazards and risks, and/or consideration of cross-scalar social, environmental, and economic consequences of environmental change and/or impact. The U of S offers an exciting and unique platform for risk scholarship in the sustainability realm, given Saskatchewan’s growing natural resource-based economy. The successful candidate will join a highly engaged interdisciplinary faculty working across the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and physical sciences.

The focus on risk management and communication will move the SENS vision forward by providing an integrative, crosscutting framework to further advance interdisciplinary research within and beyond the School, particularly with research centres such as the Global Institute for Water Security, the Global Institute for Food Security, the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation, the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, and the Toxicology Centre. This position will assist in the facilitation of cross-, trans-, and interdisciplinary connections to enhance the social and policy relevance of natural and physical science research. Cross-disciplinary emphasis on or experience with the social sciences is required; familiarity with the biophysical sciences is desirable.

Requirements include a PhD in a relevant area of research, the appropriate level of national or international recognition for stage of career, and a strong record of attracting competitively awarded research funding from the Tri-Agencies (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR) or similarly competitive national or international granting agencies. Experience with a suite of qualitative or quantitative methods of analysis will be considered an asset. A proven track record of graduate and undergraduate teaching and research supervision is required, as is experience in developing interdisciplinary research partnerships and approaches involving graduate students.

The Canada Research Chair program (www.chairs.gc.ca) was established by the Canadian Federal Government with the purpose of attracting outstanding researchers to the Canadian university system. Tier 2 nominees should meet the requirements for Tier 2 appointment as defined by the Canada Research Chairs program: http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/programprogramme/nomination-mise_en_candidature-eng.aspx.

SENS is known for interdisciplinary education, research, and knowledge translation, as well as innovative teaching and curriculum design. The successful candidate will be familiar with the SENS core curriculum and identify a key place to make a contribution. We house three graduate programs in environment and sustainability, an undergraduate certificate in sustainability, and we provide a vibrant atmosphere for graduate student and post-doctoral fellow research and training. SENS facilitates interdisciplinary collaborations at and beyond the U of S. The School has faculty affiliated with the Global Institute for Water Security, the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, and the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development as well as the internationally-renowned U of S Toxicology Centre.

The successful candidate will be appointed to a tenure-track position in the School of Environment and Sustainability, but may seek a joint appointment with another academic unit if desired and appropriate, such as the College of Law, Edwards School of Business, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, College of Agriculture and Bioresources or College of Engineering. Review of applications will begin April 21, 2014, and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

For information about the University of Saskatchewan, visit www.usask.ca. For information about the School of Environment and Sustainability, visit www.usask.ca/sens.

To be considered for this opportunity, please send your CV and a letter of intent outlining your qualifications and your fit with the SENS community. Please also submit the names of three referees, a summary of your proposed research program, and your teaching and mentoring philosophy/portfolio for graduate and undergraduate students, in confidence, to:

Sharla Daviduik, Confidential Secretary to the Search Committee School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, SK Canada
E-mail: sharla.daviduik@usask.ca

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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