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WHAT'S NEW  ::  Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

September 15, 2022
Assistant/Associate Professor, Plant-Pathogen/Microbiome Interactions

Employer: University of Calgary, Faculty of Science, Department of Biological Sciences
Location: University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
Closing Date: October 30, 2022

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Job Description

  The closing date for receipt of applications is October 3, 2022

Job ID: 26763
Updated: August 30, 2022

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

The Department of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in the area of Plant-Pathogen/Microbiome Interactions, with a start date of January 1, 2023 or later. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or in exceptional cases as an Associate Professor (with tenure). 

The successful candidate will develop a world class research program in the area of Plant-Pathogen/Microbiome Interactions with applications to agricultural biotechnology. Plants are associated with diverse communities of pathogenic, mutualistic and commensal microbes with interactions that affect plant yield, stress resistance, disease susceptibility, and bioproduct synthesis. A translational research program is expected where fundamental discoveries in Plant-Pathogen/Microbiome Interactions will lead to improved crops that are grown in Alberta and Canada. The use of cutting-edge molecular tools such as Gene Editing and Tilling by Sequencing in crop plants are considered assets. The successful candidate will lead research initiatives within the strategic interdisciplinary themes at the University of Calgary and build on current strengths in the plant biology discipline. Opportunities are available to engage broadly in research collaborations with colleagues across disciplines at the University of Calgary, including researchers belonging to the Infections, Inflammation and Chronic Diseases (IICD) theme. 

The successful candidate is expected to establish a vibrant and internationally recognized, externally funded research program, as well as provide excellent, innovative education for undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will assist in meeting the institutional goals outlined in the recently developed “Framework for Growth” and in the strategic plan of the Faculty of Science. The “Framework for Growth" is centered around three big ideas that will differentiate our entrepreneurial university and drive growth: transdisciplinary scholarship, deeper community partnerships, and future-focused delivery of programs that will see us expand the flexibility and customizability of the UCalgary experience. To learn more about this vision please see: https://www.ucalgary.ca/president/growth.

The successful candidate must possess a PhD in molecular biology and postdoctoral research experience in plant molecular biology with a specialization in Plant-Pathogen/Microbiome Interactions and related disciplines. 

Applicants at the Assistant Professor rank must have a strong publication record demonstrating excellence in research related Plant-Pathogen/Microbiome Interactions. Prior success in obtaining peer-reviewed funding will be an asset. Candidates must also demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and learning and the use of contemporary approaches to teaching.

The successful candidate at the Associate Professor rank must have a strong track record of publications in high quality journals in the area of Plant-Pathogen/Microbiome Interactions as it relates to enhanced crop production, as well as evidence of securing ongoing external and industrial research funding.  They must also have demonstrated effectiveness in teaching at the University level that utilizes contemporary approaches to teaching, and evidence of effective graduate student supervision.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in service activities, as appropriate. 

Application Instructions

 Application deadline is October 3, 2022.  

Please apply online via the ‘Apply Now’ link. A complete application should be submitted in a single pdf, and include the following:

  • Cover letter (1-2 pages)
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Research Plan (1-3 pages)
  • Teaching Philosophy (1-2 pages)
  • Statement describing the candidate’s contributions, or potential contributions to, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) along with their ability to work with a culturally diverse and international student, staff, and faculty body (up to 1 page)
  • Names and contact information of three references.

Applications and questions can be addressed to:
Dr. David Hansen
Department Head, Biological Sciences
Email: dhansen@ucalgary.ca

Business address and Job location:
Faculty of Science
2500 University Drive NW
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta  T2N 1N4 

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University is committed to student engagement and creating an innovative, student-centered learning environment. Information about the Department and its programs can be found at http://bio.ucalgary.ca.

The University of Calgary’s comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members through coverage for health, dental, life insurance, income protection for disability, and retirement income planning. To learn about our comprehensive benefits package, please visit http://www.ucalgary.ca/hr/academic_benefits_pension

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (equity@ucalgary.ca) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources (hrhire@ucalgary.ca).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers websiteFor more information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.
About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 

Application Contacts

David Hansen


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