Research Chair - Microbiology of forest soils - UL

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Research Chair - Microbiology of forest soils - UL

Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Microbiology of forest soils
Département des sciences du bois et de la forêt,
Université Laval
Québec, QC G1V 0A6
In a privileged environment in the heart of Quebec City, Université Laval is recognized for its culture of excellence in teaching and research. Via the Department of Wood and Forest Sciences of the Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics, Université Laval is the only institution in Quebec to offer professional programs in forestry and wood sciences, gaining access to the associated professional associations. The department is also responsible for an integrated bachelors program in Natural and Managed Environments. The department has 34 full time professors and lecturers, three research chairs, three major initiatives, two research centers and over 300 students in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Interesting opportunities exist for interdisciplinary research with the departments of geography and geomatics, as well as with other faculties at Université Laval.
Position Description
The Wood and Forest Sciences Department of Université Laval is currently preparing an application for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair ( in soil microbiology. This chair is for five years, renewable, and will lead to a permanent position. The applicant must be an exceptional, established researcher, recognized by peers to have the potential to become a leader in the field.
Research Program
The research program should address one or more of the following themes related to microbiology of forest soils:
- Microbial community dynamics in ecotones, in the context of climate change, particularly northern transitions in the Quebec forest
- Factors influencing the assemblage of microbial communities;
- Response of microbial communities to natural and anthropogenic disturbances;
- Role and potential use of soil microbes in nutrient cycling and tree nutrition.
The proposed research program should be aligned to be complementary to research activities already ongoing in the department and aim to build a strong graduate training program in this domain. The integration with research programs already in place at Université Laval in the north is encouraged. The Chair will have a reduced teaching charge, and the expectation is for involvement in diverse internal and external academic activities (department, faculty and university level committees).
The selected candidate will first participate in an internal competition at Université Laval, for which the deadline is July 4th. If the project is selected at this stage, it will be subsequently be improved and presented to the Canada Research Chair program. The provision of a post depends on the success of the candidate in obtaining a Research Chair.
Selection Criteria
1) Have specific competencies in at least two of the domains cited above in the description of the research program
2) Applicants should be at a tenured professor level, or have the necessary qualifications to occupy a position at one of this level
3) Have demonstrated strong research and teaching capacities
4) Have demonstrated a capacity to integrate within multidisciplinary research teams
5) The publication record should be higher than average for a researchers at a similar level in their career (in a comparison at the national level)
6) Demonstrated abilities to supervise graduate students
7) Have a higher than average funding level for a comparable reference group
8) Have demonstrated collaborations at an international level
9) Be able to communicate in French, or be willing to upgrade language capacity within a year
Employment conditions are consistent with the collective agreement in place for professors at Université Laval.
Estimated date of hiring: January 2017.
Université Laval favours diversity, and encourages all qualified persons to apply, in particular qualified women, members of visible minorities, indigenous persons and handicapped persons. The priority will be given to Canadian applicants or those with the status of permanent residents.
All interested persons should send their application by electronic mail, including a letter of motivation, a CV and the name of three references, by June 2nd to: Jean-Claude Ruel, Director, Department of Wood and Forest Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics, Université Laval. Email: direction-foresterie [-at-]