Social-Ecological Hiring Cluster at University of British Columbia

Social-Ecological Hiring Cluster at University of British Columbia, University of British Colombia


Cluster hire




The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia seeks applicants for five tenure-track positions at the level of Assistant Professor in the thematic area of restoring and protecting global biodiversity. The Faculty of Science, together with the Faculties of Arts, Forestry, and Land and Food Systems is sponsoring this unique cluster hire, which builds on existing excellence in this area at UBC.  These new hires will join an existing interdisciplinary research and scholarship faculty team focused on solutions-oriented approaches to biodiversity loss and its connection to sustainability and adaptive capacity for humanity. For further information see

The five positions that are currently being recruited for are:

Assistant Professor of Biodiversity Data Science

Assistant Professor of Conservation and Restoration Science

Assistant Professor, Human Dimensions of Biodiversity Conservation



UBC’s Biodiversity Solutions cluster hiring initiative builds on the university’s position as a global leader in ecological and environmental research. Launching in Fall 2020, the initiative is designed to broaden collaborative opportunities across and beyond UBC for globally important, policy-relevant biodiversity and conservation research and partnerships. Spearheaded by UBC Science, the new hires will join an existing team from the faculties of Arts, Land and Food Systems, Forestry, and the Sauder School of Business.

Biodiversity loss is occurring at unprecedented rates—with common species currently declining and 25% of species threatened with extinction. We depend on biodiversity for many basic needs; however, the importance of biodiversity to human health and well-being rarely drives decision-making.

UBC is seeking five exceptional individuals to join this interdisciplinary team dedicated to solutions-oriented research on the pressing problem of biodiversity loss, its economic and social impacts, and connections to sustainability and adaptive capacity for humanity. Collaborative researchers and emerging leaders from all backgrounds and perspectives who share its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion are encouraged to apply.

This hiring initiative offers a unique opportunity for scientists with a wide variety of backgrounds, including biodiversity, business, conservation science, ecology, economics, environmental science, evolutionary biology, environmental social science, and environmental policy, to join a fantastic collaborative research community at UBC.

Committed to excellence, collaboration and inclusion OMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE, COLLABORATION AND INCLUSION

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.



The cluster aims to:

  • Protect and restore the adaptive capacity of biodiversity and its connection to ecosystem functioning and human well-being.
  • Engage a diverse range of communities and institutions in socially just and effective biodiversity conservation.
  • Explore biodiversity’s connections to sustainable land and ocean management.
  • Develop and support the implementation of equitable and effective policies, business models and governance systems to improve restoration and conservation of biodiversity.


Cluster members include scholars in ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation, public policy, environmental social sciences, food systems, fisheries, economics and business. They include U.S. National Academy of Science members, MacArthur Fellows, Royal Society of Canada Fellows, Canada Research Chairs, Steacie Fellows, Volvo Environmental Prize Laureates, and the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment.

How To Apply

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