Position in Environmental Soil Chemistry

The Department of Natural Resource Sciences of McGill University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Environmental Soil Chemistry. The successful candidate will conduct research with a focus on the chemistry of degraded soils, particularly as it applies to urban and peri-urban agricultural and contaminated sites. Research areas of particular interest include the remediation and restoration of soil quality of degraded and contaminated sites, and the behavior, bioavailability and transport of trace metals and organic contaminants.  

The successful applicant will hold a PhD degree in an appropriate discipline and will have post-doctoral experience and a record of publication in high-quality scholarly journals. The position will require the development of a strong externally-funded research program involving the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students. It will involve teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as service to the university and scholarly communities. Collaboration in research and teaching is encouraged with others in the Department and across the Faculty and University, particularly with the research groups in soil and water in the Department of Bioresource Engineering. 


The Department of Natural Resource Science is a multi-disciplinary unit with a community of researchers in soil science, ecotoxicology, forest and landscape ecology, wildlife and fisheries biology, entomology, microbiology, economics and natural resource policy. The position will be a key component of undergraduate and graduate research and teaching in soil science, and will complement our current strengths in, ecotoxicology, ecology and microbiology. In addition, it will provide essential expertise in the developing environmental contamination – food chain – human nutrition nexus. In this context, a systems approach to research and teaching will be essential. We are committed to excellent teaching in support of active graduate and undergraduate programs. The position will support departmental trace metal and soils analytical laboratories that currently provide services across the Faculty.


McGill’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is located on the Macdonald Campus, 30 km from the city of Montreal. The Campus comprises 650 hectares of farm and forested lands, commercial and research animal facilities, experimental field stations and state-of-the-art student learning facilities. Additional information concerning McGill and its Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences can be found on their respective web sites (www.mcgill.ca, www.mcgill.ca/macdonald).


McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Applicants should submit, by February 15 2015, their curriculum vitae, statements of their research and teaching philosophies and the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who can evaluate their candidacy, directly to:

Dr. Jim Fyles, Chair

Department of Natural Resource Sciences

Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

McGill University, Macdonald Campus

21,111 Lakeshore Road

Ste Anne de Bellevue, Quebec

Canada H9X 3V9