Indigenous Scholar – Faculty of Science – University of Manitoba Position # 29312 and 29313

The Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba invites  applications from Indigenous (e.g., First Nations (status or  non-status), Métis or Inuit) Scholars in any field of science for two full-time tenured or tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate or Full Professor, commencing July 1, 2021, or on a date  mutually agreed upon. Rank and salary will be dependent on  qualifications and experience. Candidates who are either of Canadian  Indigenous background or are Indigenous in their respective countries/territories and whose work complements and supports the education, research, and Indigenous initiatives within the Faculty of  Science and at the University of Manitoba are invited to apply.

We seek an emerging or established scholar with a commitment to  excellence in teaching, research and community outreach.  The  successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in any field of science and  have demonstrated experience in, and commitment to, leadership and  mentorship related to Indigenous student achievement and engagement.  Relevant research, industry, or community experience or other  distinguishing attributes are considered an asset. Duties will include  undergraduate teaching, graduate teaching, and student research  supervision; research, including the establishment of an externally  funded research program; and service and community activities.  The  relative division of activities for the successful candidate between  teaching, research, and service/community activities are flexible.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.   Appointment can be in any department in the Faculty of Science or  joint across multiple departments.

The Faculty of Science comprises the departments of Biological  Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and  Astronomy, Microbiology, and Statistics and features many additional  interdisciplinary programs and activities, at both the undergraduate  and graduate levels that cross departmental boundaries.  The Faculty  of Science 50th Anniversary Challenges for the coming decades commit  us to important work in the following challenge areas: Explore Life on  the Smallest Scales, Harness Microbial and Genetic Worlds, Transform  Tomorrow’s Devices, Make Computers our Sixth Sense, Revolutionize  Science and Math Literacy for the 21st Century, Expand our  Contribution to the Innovation Ecosystem, Leverage the Origins of the  Universe, Reconnect Nature’s Networks, and Cultivate Remote and Rural  Communities. The Faculty of Science has a deep commitment to  educational excellence and a strong and active community of science  educators, including the Pedagogy and Learning Science working group,  and features the newly created Manitoba Institute for Science Teaching.

The Faculty of Science has launched a major new initiative, the  Wawatay Program, in order to develop closer ties to Indigenous  communities, dramatically grow the number of Indigenous science  graduates, infuse Indigenous science approaches and perspectives into  science education and strengthen mutual research.  In summer of 2021,  we will be hosting a major new international conference, “The 2021  North America Indigenous Science Conference”.

The University is located in Winnipeg, the largest city in the  province of Manitoba. The city has a rich cultural environment and the  region provides exciting opportunities for outdoor exploration and  recreation in all seasons. Learn more about Winnipeg at www.winnipeg.ca.

Manitoba’s Indigenous population is young and rapidly growing.  Statistics Canada census data suggest that Indigenous peoples will  comprise nearly 19 per cent of Manitoba’s population by 2026. The  University of Manitoba’s role in reconciliation, its connections with  Indigenous students, partners and communities, and its commitment to  Indigenous achievement are central to the kind of future the  University seeks to create.

The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the  homeland of the Métis Nation. Creating Pathways to Indigenous  Achievement is a key priority for the University, as identified in its  2015-2020 strategic plan, Taking Our Place. Home to a vibrant  Indigenous community, including 2,400 First Nations, Métis and Inuit  students, the U of M has one of the largest Indigenous student  populations in the country. Honoured to be chosen as host of the  National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the U of M is dedicated  to advancing Indigenous research and scholarship, and to becoming a  centre of excellence for this work.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and  diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications  from women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons,  persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and  genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification  of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however,  Indigenous Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given  priority. Applicants must, at application, declare that he/she/they  self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Metis or Inuit)  Canadian, or as Indigenous in their respective countries/territories.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process,  please contact UM.Accommodation@umanitoba.ca or 204-474-7195. Please  note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a two-page description of  teaching philosophy, a two-page summary of research interests  accessible to an interdisciplinary audience, a three-page research  plan, a one-page plan for leadership and mentorship in the context of  Indigenous student achievement in the department and Faculty of  Science, the name and contact information (phone and e-mail) of three  referees, and Indigenous self-declaration verification should be sent  by email in a single pdf file to  Indigenous_Scholars.Science@umanitoba.ca.

Priority will be given to candidates who apply before November 30,  2020, but the search will remain open until the position is filled.
Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled  in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of  Privacy Act. Please note that curricula vitae may be provided to  participating members of the search process.

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