Instructor (Tenure-Track) in Geomatics

The Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Instructor level (tenure track towards Professor of Teaching). The successful candidate will principally lead the teaching and refinement of graduate courses in the course-based Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM) with additional teaching in other graduate and undergraduate programs as needed. The MGEM program provides education and training in advanced geomatics to an international student body that includes recent graduates, early and mid-career professionals.

Candidates for this position must have a PhD or equivalent in Geomatics or geospatial data science, or a related area. The successful candidate must provide evidence of demonstrated excellence in and commitment to teaching, promise of educational leadership at the national level, and potential for creating innovative instructional environments in the classroom. Experience in curriculum development, course design, and other initiatives that advance the University’s ability to excel in its teaching and learning mandate is also an asset.

The successful candidate will lead instruction focused on the innovative and advanced use of geospatial technologies in the field of environmental and / or natural resource management. These courses will include (i) Geospatial data analysis including programming, visualization and big data mining techniques, (ii) Advanced Geographic Information Systems, (iii) Research project design and (iv) Remote sensing approaches including the use of data from a range of sensors and platforms.

Professional or research experience with geomatics software including open source GIS and image processing software, data and tools, as well as experience applying geomatics to landscape ecology, environmental management or conservation issues is critical. Experience with “big data” in the environmental sciences, geowikis, citizen science, ArcPy programming, and machine learning applications to geomatics are considered highly desirable. Teaching will include classroom-based lectures, seminars, online components and project work. The successful candidate will also be expected to also assist in mentoring and advising individual students.

As a component of their progress towards leadership and excellence in teaching, the successful candidate should undertake research and publishing on pedagogical approaches for geomatics. As a result, experience with curriculum development and professional associations supporting STEM education, and integration of innovative teaching practices and technologies into curriculum is highly desirable. With this expertise the successful candidate will also lead, with the Program Director and Posted December 13, 2019

MGEM management team, the pedagogical development and continual improvement of the program. Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills is also required.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, statement of teaching interests relevant to the position, a one page maximum diversity statement explaining how you would contribute to the University’s mission of creating an inclusive learning environment that includes those under-represented in geospatial sciences, three recent publications or written works that highlight your contribution to the field, and full contact information for three individuals that can provide reference letters. Please also indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Applications should be submitted on the UBC Careers webpage: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers/faculty-careers/

Deadline for applications is: January 24, 2020. The appointment will start on June 1, 2020, although an alternate start date can be negotiated. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

posted: 13 December 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.