University of Alberta

Tenured or Tenure-Track Position in Structural Geology or Organic Geochemistry

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Competition No.  -    A107924023
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a full-time tenured or tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in either structural geology or organic geochemistry.

We are seeking an individual with expertise in the structural geology of sedimentary basins or with expertise in organic geochemistry applied to problems in petroleum systems. An applicant in the area of structural geology will preferably have experience in the interpretation of seismic data. The successful candidate will be actively involved in teaching in the Integrated Petroleum Geosciences (IPG) program, a rigorous one-year course-based M.Sc. program offered jointly by the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) and the Department of Physics that prepares students to work in the modern petroleum industry. He or she will play a significant role in supervising IPG capstone projects and would be expected to develop his/her own research program with supervisor of graduate students being an integral part. 

Current areas of strength within the University, in which research collaboration with the successful candidate could develop, include sedimentology of clastic and carbonate sediments, geochemistry, hydrology, geomechanics, seismic analysis and petrophysics. The successful candidate will contribute to these strengths by developing an active research program that includes supervision of graduate students, collaborating with other faculty members, obtaining external funding, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. The Department is equipped with outstanding analytical facilities for stable isotope analysis, radiogenic isotopes and the major and trace element composition, including the new Canadian Centre for Isotopic Microanalysis. Other facilities within the University include the Geomechanical Reservoir Experimental Facility in the Department of Civil Engineering and the Rock Physics Lab in the Department of Physics. 

Applicants must hold a PhD in either structural geology or organic geochemistry and have an established research program in an academic or industrial setting in one of these areas.  Applicants must have a track record of publications, the potential for attracting external funding to support their research program, and experience in teaching advanced industry or post-graduate courses.

Applications may be addressed to the Acting Chair, Dr. Robert Creaser, and should include a current curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and a statement of teaching philosophy. Applicants should also arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent to: 

Dr. Robert Creaser, Acting Chair
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
University of Alberta 
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E3

Application review will begin September 1, 2014; however, the competition will remain open until suitable candidates are found. The start date for this position is January 1, 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

Robert Creaser, Acting Chair
Dept of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E3


(780) 492-8190

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.