Assistant Professor

MED Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Competition No.  -    A100151542
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Working for the Department/Faculty

The Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. We are seeking strong candidates who exhibit the potential to lead an outstanding research program at the interface of virology and structural biology. Areas of interest cover a broad range of topics with relevance to significant challenges in the health sciences. These include, pandemic preparedness, emerging pathogens, viral evolution and variants of concern, and the discovery and development of antiviral drugs and/or vaccines. 

The mission of the Medical Microbiology & Immunology Department is to provide an enriched environment for research, education and training in the field of infection and immunity that links molecular mechanisms to disease, treatment, and prevention. The department is comprised of well-funded, highly collaborative researchers, state-of-the-art core facilities, including a newly established cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM) platform centered around the Krios G4 transmission EM, and talented trainees from across the globe. The candidate will also have the opportunity to affiliate with multidisciplinary research groups such as SPP-ARC (Striving for Pandemic Preparedness - The Alberta Research Consortium) and the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology. Members of the consortium or the institute benefit from exceptional funding opportunities that include research grants and student support.  

The University of Alberta is the 4th largest university in Canada. It is located in Edmonton, just a 3 hour drive away from the famous Rocky Mountains. 


The successful candidate will conduct innovative independent research to attract funding and will contribute to the Department's undergraduate and graduate programs. A competitive start-up package and research support, along with the opportunity to apply for infrastructure support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to help acquire cutting edge equipment, will be provided. 

Applicants must have a PhD, postdoctoral experience and a proven record of high-quality research. The University of Alberta recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., parental leave or leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement, and these leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process. 

As part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program requirements, the university must conduct recruitment efforts to hire Canadians and permanent residents before offering a job to a temporary foreign worker. To ensure we remain in compliance with these regulations, please include the appropriate statement in your application "I am a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident" or "I am not a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident".

Submit a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a two-page description of current and future research interests with a brief statement of teaching experience and  an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) plan.

Any questions about this posting can be directed to the Chair of the Medical Microbiology and Immunology Department, Dr. Matthias Götte (email: 

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.