Biological Sciences Departmental Chair

Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences

Competition No.  -    A104843185
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Applications are invited for the position of Chair, Department of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta. 

Candidates must be existing full-time academic faculty members who have a tenured appointment in a relevant field at the University of Alberta. 
Candidates must be existing full-time academic faculty members who have a tenured appointment in a relevant field in the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta.

Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities, as well as a vision to maintain and strengthen the department’s excellent national and international reputation. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and have a solid academic record in teaching, service, and research, including an established funded research program.

The successful candidate will have a vision for the future of the Biological Sciences that strategically builds on strengths towards the future of research, teaching, and pedagogy in the Biological Sciences both from a national and international perspective, and from the perspective of the University of Alberta for Tomorrow. The successful candidate will lead through a lens of opportunity, collaboration, mentorship, and EDI. The Chair will be an excellent communicator and advocate for Biological Sciences who is able to work with the dean to align with priorities of the Faculty of Science and the University.   

The Department of Biological Sciences has 63 tenured/tenure track faculty members who are recognized internationally for their excellence in research and teaching. The annual departmental operating grant totals approximately $21.6 million dollars of expenditures with an additional approximate $19 million dollars under administration in the research portfolio. The department includes 226 graduate students currently enrolled and 1,895 undergraduate students in honors, specialization and general programs. The department teaches approximately 120 sections, with an approximate total ranging from 7,000 - 10,000 individual registrations and also houses ten museum collections and five research service units and state of the art facilities to support the research and teaching mission.

To apply, please submit a resume and vision statement that addresses candidate qualifications by Friday, December 18, 2020, to Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell, Dean of Science, by electronic mail to:  The anticipated start date of the appointment is July 1, 2021.  

How to Apply

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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.