Agricultural and/or Forestry Resource Economist GRSS-2014-001
Applications are invited for a tenure-track position at the level of Associate Professor within the proposed Boreal Ecosystems Research Institute (BERI) at Grenfell Campus of Memorial University. The successful candidate will contribute to the development of a research agenda and academic programming in support of the Agriculture and Forestry sectors. Emphasis for all candidates will be on research excellence with a normal teaching load of two to three undergraduate courses, such as natural resource economics, environmental economics, ecological economics or core economics courses per academic year. Additionally, the candidate has potential to teach graduate courses in the future.
Requirements for this position include:
1) graduate training to the PhD level in relevant areas of agricultural / forest / resource economics; and its sub-specialties including economics of labour and technology in agricultural and forestry secondary processing, economic modeling related to agricultural/forestry regulation and policy, agro-ecosystem management and the economics of land ownership and tenure;
2) a record of significant accomplishments in research, with demonstrated teaching experience;
3) experience in dealing with the private and/or public sector in matters relating to relevant industry sectors; 4) strong leadership and organizational skills with experience in research proposal development and project management;
5) proven ability to garner external funds to support research and train highly qualified personnel;
6) a commitment to work in an interdisciplinary environment. Knowledge of land-use change (especially forestry to agriculture transformations), and other related resource issues would be an asset. A research agenda of relevance to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador would also be of benefit.
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in economics/agricultural economics or related areas, and demonstrate a significant contribution (realized or potential) to the field as well as an ability to attract research funding. A record of teaching experience is required.
Deadline for applications is Monday, March 3rd, 2014 with the appointment effective July 1, 2014.
A letter of application containing curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, a teaching dossier, three samples of peer-reviewed publications, and the names and addresses of three references should be sent to:
Associate Vice-President (Academic)
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive
Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
Phone: (709) 637-6231
Fax (709) 637-6218
Memorial University is actively committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified women and men, visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Boreal Ecosystems Research Institute (BERI) – Background
Grenfell Campus is entering an exciting time, with rapidly expanding teaching, research, and community outreach programs. This position is part of a pan-university initiative to build expertise through interdisciplinary studies in Agriculture and Forest Science with a particular focus on soils, plants, air and water. The campus is building capacity in analytical research with a particular focus on soils, plants, air and water. A new 500 m2 (5380 ft2) facility housing three inter-connected analytical research laboratories and associated supports has recently been constructed. This research laboratory will be located in a new Environmental Research Facility attached to the existing Forest Centre building at Grenfell Campus.
Opportunities exist to contribute to graduate and undergraduate teaching, to collaborate with the Environmental Policy Institute, and to develop research collaborations with staff from both federal and provincial natural resources agencies located on or near the Grenfell campus. The successful candidate will be appointed to the Environmental Studies program unit and will help expand collaborations with industry and government to address the development of the Agriculture and Forestry sectors, while ensuring environmental integrity and responsibility. There is also potential to collaborate with the Labrador Institute, the Marine Institute, and the St. John’s campuses of Memorial University of Newfoundland to support development of these sectors.
Corner Brook – Background
The City of Corner Brook is located on the west coast of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador at the end of a fjord which extends to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It is the largest community in Western Newfoundland, and is the main government and service centre, including a large regional hospital and nursing school. This port city, which is visited by cruise ships and other large vessels, is nestled among the Long Range Mountains, providing a rugged landscape and spectacular scenery. The city overlooks the Bay of Islands, affording a wonderful view of the Blomidon Mountains. It is located 80 kilometres from Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and only 10 kilometres away is Marble Mountain, a nationally acclaimed downhill ski resort. Corner Brook is serviced by the Deer Lake Airport which is a 30-minute drive from the city.
Corner Brook has all the offerings of a modern city, including a range of eateries, pubs, and a dynamic local music scene, but still retains the charm of a country town. With its tree-lined streets, cobblestone sidewalks, Margaret Bowater Park, and a well-developed system of local hiking, jogging, and cycling trails, Corner Brook has a reputation of being safe and friendly with excellent recreational and cultural facilities. With a population just exceeding 20,000 Corner Brook is inherently a warm and decent place – a place to call home.
Summers in Corner Brook are comfortably warm which is perfect for active sports like hiking, mountain biking or sea kayaking. Fall brings cooler temperatures and vibrant autumn colors, which are normally in their prime around mid-October. Winter months tend to be mild and snowy - well-suited to a wide variety of outdoor activities. According to Canadian Geographic Magazine, Corner Brook gets more snow than any other sizeable community in the country (averaging 400 cm). Mid-winter temperatures combined with the abundant snow means that downhill and cross-country skiers or snowmobilers can start their activities in mid-December and continue until early to mid-April.
Corner Brook is the major centre in the Humber River Basin region which has a long and diverse history. Corner Brook emerged as a unique company town in the early twentieth century – with its own garden suburb – planned by the renowned Thomas Adams and his associate Andrew Cobb. At the end of WWII, the city boasted the largest integrated pulp-and-paper mill in the world. There are a dozen or so smaller communities surrounding Corner Brook. The region has been inhabited from the Bay of Islands to the Upper Humber River for thousands of years by the Maritime Archaic Indians, the Beothuk peoples, and more recently the Mi’kmaq, Acadians, and their descendants. Beginning over two hundred years ago an influx began of settlers from Britain, France, the Channel Islands, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and other parts of Newfoundland. In their wake, the local culture of the communities on the north and south shores of the Bay of Islands and Humber Arm long remained connected to the fisheries and logging industries, Corner Brook to sawmilling and pulp-and-paper production, and the Humber River Valley to logging and farming.