New Faculty Position at IRES: Law, Policy and Environment

Job posted May 19, 2016.

Assistant/Associate Professor in Law, Policy and Sustainability (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia)

The Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus) is an interdisciplinary graduate program and research centre that fosters sustainable futures through integrated research and learning in support of decision making from local to global scales.

We are seeking outstanding candidates for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Law, Policy and Sustainability. Appointment level and salary will be determined depending on scholarly achievements and experience in the applicants’ field of research.  Appointment at a higher rank will be considered for an applicant with exceptional qualifications. The position is subject to final budgetary approval with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2017.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate commitment for outstanding research at the intersection of environmental law, policy and sustainability. The candidate should possess strong knowledge of the operation of law and policy in his/her field. Areas of focus are open (e.g., climate change, water, toxics, biodiversity, etc.) with preference given to those with formal legal training (e.g., JD or LL.M) alongside an interdisciplinary PhD. Methodological approaches will ideally include quantitative skills as applied to legal and policy analysis, or as applied to environmental or sustainability assessment broadly stated. Direct experience in policy making is required, and the ability to attract external funding is also expected. The successful applicant must also demonstrate excellence in teaching and supervision at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The candidate’s area of teaching should complement our graduate program in Resources, Environment and Sustainability ( and UBC’s new Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program ( The successful applicant is expected to establish synergistic research relationships within and between the research groups in the Institute, as well as within the faculty and the university. Information on current research areas can be found at

Applicants are required to submit: 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) names and contact information of three references, 3) brief statement or cover letter describing (a) your fit with IRES, (b) a five-year research plan and (c) your teaching philosophy and evidence of potential for effective teaching(1-2 pages each section). Application materials should be emailed to

Deadline for applications is July 15, 2016.  If you have specific questions about the application process, please send all inquiries to:

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community.  We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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