Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

GSMI: Assistant Professor in Applied Ecology, Revegetation and Phytomanagement

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About Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P):

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) is an internationally oriented institution of higher learning, that is committed to an educational system based on the highest standards of teaching and research in fields related to the sustainable economic development of Morocco and Africa. UM6P is an institution oriented towards applied research and innovation. On a specific focus on Africa, UM6P aims to position these fields as the forefront and become a university of international standing. More than just a traditional academic institution, UM6P is a platform for experimentation and a pool of opportunities, for students, professors, and staff. It offers a high-quality living and study environment thanks to its state-of-the-art infrastructure. With an innovative approach, UM6P places research and innovation at the heart of its educational project as a driving force of a business model. In its research approach, the UM6P promotes transdisciplinary, entrepreneurship spirit and collaboration with external institutions for developing up to date science and at continent level to address real challenges. All our programs run as start-ups and can be self-organized when they reach a critical mass. Thus, academic liberty is promoted as far as funding is developed by research teams. The research programs are integrated from long-term research to short-term applications in linkage with incubation and start-up ecosystems. 

About GSMI:

The Geology & Sustainable Mining Institute (GSMI) is dedicated to advancing cutting-edge research in the field of sustainable mine site reclamation. Our mission encompasses a broad spectrum of expertise, focusing on the Mine Effluent Reclamation and Phytomanagement research axis. Within this axis, a significant area of interest involves conducting research to rehabilitate degraded sites, with a specific emphasis on understanding the intricate relationships between plants and mine substrates. This understanding is pivotal for ensuring the long-term success of mine site reclamation, addressing the challenges posed by mine wastes and optimizing vegetation establishment.

Our commitment extends to the development and implementation of sustainable, nature-based technologies capable of effectively managing large volumes of mining wastes. The overarching objective is to minimize environmental impact while concurrently preserving and promoting biodiversity within mining areas. Our vision is centered on establishing a mining industry that is not only sustainable but also prioritizes environmental protection, local biodiversity, and community health.

To realize this vision, we are dedicated to formulating and implementing best practices for mine solid waste management. As part of the Mine Effluent Reclamation and Phytomanagement research axis, GSMI strives to foster a culture of innovation and collaboration. We actively engage with industry partners, government agencies, and local communities to create a collaborative approach toward achieving sustainable mining practices. Through these efforts, we aim to contribute to the transformation of the mining industry into an environmentally conscious and socially responsible sector, dedicated to the well-being of both ecosystems and communities.

Job Description

The recruited Assistant Professor in Revegetation and Ecological Rehabilitation of Mining Sites will play a crucial role in establishing a robust and innovative science and technology research program at the Geology & Sustainable Mining Institute (GSMI). This program is specifically focused on restoring ecosystems impacted by mining activities, with a strategic emphasis on revegetation strategies and the phytomanagement of subsequent waste disposal areas.

Responsibilities include active involvement in designing research projects, identifying funding sources, and contributing to the successful securing of funds. The successful candidate is expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, with a primary focus on reclamation/restoration of disturbed lands. The aim is to develop a dynamic, ecologically-based, multidisciplinary research program that focuses on the utilization of native flora in revegetation processes, terrestrial vegetation ecology, and the intricate interface between soils and plants. A key aspect is securing external funding for research endeavors and establishing impactful outreach initiatives with the mining and mineral industry.

This position is predominantly research-oriented (70%), with additional responsibilities encompassing pedagogical and support activities (30%). The recruited researcher will deliver courses in both French and English, specializing in indicative themes such as Ecosystem, Ecological Restoration, Land Rehabilitation, Phytomanagement of Marginal Land, Biodiversity in Mining Areas, Native Plant Species in Revegetation, Wildlife Habitat Restoration, and Sustainable Land Management.

The Assistant Professor will not only develop and deliver courses related to ecological rehabilitation, restoration ecology, and mining site revegetation but will also provide engaging lectures, practical exercises, and fieldwork experiences for students. Essential skills include the ability to generate novel ideas, forge connections, and build upon existing concepts to develop innovative solutions. The successful candidate should demonstrate a proven ability to meet academic writing requirements for proposal development, reports, and scientific publications, with an excellent track record in research and publication. Strong English communication skills, both verbal and written, are crucial, along with the ability to collaborate effectively as part of a team or independently. Demonstrated fundraising skills are also essential for the successful execution of the role.


  • Ph.D. in Plant Ecology, botany in arid lands and Environmental Science, or a related field

  • Minimum two years research experience (Post Doc). 

  • Demonstrated expertise in the revegetation and ecological reclamation/restoration of disturbed land and particularly, mining sites. 

  • Candidates should have an interest in regulatory oversight and an interest in the environmental aspects of mined land reclamation and the regeneration of heavily impacted ecosystems. Specific skills and knowledge in evaluating environmental data, project management, GIS mapping. record of research publications. 

  • Teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels. Ability to secure research funding and collaborate with external partners. 

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Application and Selection 

Required documents: 

  • Curriculum Vitae, 

  • Application letter, 

  • Statement of research interests and plans, 

  • Statement of teaching interests and experience, 

  • 3 reference letters.

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GSMI: Assistant Professor in Applied Ecology, Revegetation and Phytomanagement
Lot 660, Hay Moulay Rachid Ben Guerir, Morocco Benguerir, Morocco
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