University of Alberta

Assistant Professor in Conservation Biology

Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences - Department of Renewable Resources

Competition No.  -    A108231456
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Renewable Resources, in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada, invites applications for a tenure track position in Conservation Biology.  The position will be filled strictly at the Assistant Professor level and those seeking appointment at other ranks will not be considered.  Qualifications are a PhD, with strong interest and demonstrated experience in the science of biodiversity and applying it in conservation work. We seek an academic who takes a multi-species approach to biodiversity science working across scales (communities to landscapes) and focusing on northern ecosystems (aquatic, terrestrial or wetland).

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a program of independent research and graduate student education, including a balanced portfolio of ‘pure’ and ‘applied’ research strong enough to attract excellent levels of competitive funding. This must include a commitment to developing strong relationships with university colleagues and to working with NGOs, industry, and government to serve conservation interests. We seek applicants possessing expertise in species identification for at least one biotic group, and especially encourage applications from those with special interest in applied work with invertebrate or fungal biodiversity. Teaching responsibilities will include regular courses and field courses in the BSc Environmental and Conservation Sciences and BSc Forestry programs and in the Department's course-based Masters, MSc and PhD programs. We particularly seek applicants with the desire and ability to teach quantitative approaches. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop a course in an area of particular interest to them.

The position is available immediately.  An application package, including a cover letter, description of research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier, and names of three referees should be submitted online through the link below.

The Committee welcomes applications at any time and will begin considering candidates on February 15, 2017, continuing until the position is filled.  Candidates selected for an interview can expect to be informed during the month following the closing date with all applicants being informed once the position has been filled. Additional information about the Renewable Resources Department and our research, undergraduate and graduate programs is available at:

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How to Apply

Apply Online

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

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 is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.