Tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the areas of Urban, Regional and/or Environmental Planning

Faculty of Science, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Competition No.  -    A104851438
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The University of Alberta is one of the largest and most research productive universities in Canada. With more than 40,000 students from 146 countries, the U of A regularly ranks in the top 5 universities in the country and in the top 100 universities in the world according to QS Worldwide university rankings. The university offers highly competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package.

Greater Edmonton, Amiskwacîwâskahikan, in the language of the Plains Cree, is situated on Treaty Six Territory.  We recognize and respect the history, languages, and cultures of the First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our institution.  With over one million residents in the city and surrounding communities, the location offers a unique quality of life, a beautiful, park-like setting on a spectacular river valley, an international airport, the lowest provincial tax regime in the country, and is located in Canada’s most optimistic and economically vibrant province. Edmonton boasts 78 arts and cultural organizations including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Opera, Citadel Theatre and more than 30 arts and cultural festivals taking place each year.

The University of Alberta committed to diversifying the institution’s professoriate through an inclusive excellence initiative that included hiring Black Scholars across a range of disciplines and faculties.

Continuing this commitment, for this position in the Faculty of Science, the University of Alberta seeks qualified individuals who self-identify as persons of Black African or Black Caribbean descent and lived experience. 

Departmental Executive Summary

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is a highly-ranked, internationally-competitive department with a strong research profile. We are a diverse unit with programs in human geography, geology, urban planning (within the School of Urban and Regional Planning), environmental earth sciences, environmental studies, and paleontology. Internationally, the earth science program is ranked 35th in the world, according to Nature, and ranked 43rd in the world by Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). In the 2022 Times Higher Education Impact rankings, the University of Alberta was ranked 11th in the world in contributing to Sustainable Cities and Regions, thanks in part to researchers in Human Geography and Planning in EAS. Our research vision is to fund and publish high quality research in top-tier, international venues across the research themes that span our seven degree programs.

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is interested in attracting candidates in all areas of academic focus related to Urban, Regional and/or Environmental Planning.

The position will be tenure-track and while we intend to hire at the Assistant Professor rank, we will consider appointment at the rank of Associate Professor in the case of a suitably experienced candidate.

A PhD or equivalent doctorate degree is required. The successful candidate will have:

  • productive postdoctoral training or other postgraduate work experience;
  • completed publications in high quality, peer reviewed journals and presented research findings in other venues including conferences, books, or book chapters;
  • demonstrated evidence of strong teaching skills;
  • a record of outreach broadly related to their research, teaching, and/or equity, diversity, inclusivity, and decolonization; and
  • the ability to work and communicate effectively across disciplines and with external communities.

How to Apply

To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following:

  • Cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate’s profile and the names of the three referees (see below for more information)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Research statement that outlines main areas of current and future research (submit under “Research Plan”). This research statement must include a list of publications and conference presentations.
  • Writing samples from recent research publications or presentations (submit under “List of Publications”)
  • Teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy, evidence of, or potential for, teaching effectiveness, and sample course outline(s) (submit as an attachment under "Statement of Teaching/Research Interests")
  • Letters of reference will be requested from applicants selected for interviews. Applicants will be expected to contact the three referees and arrange to have them submit their letters of reference via email attachment to Robert Summers (robert.summers@ualberta.ca). Please enter “Assistant or Associate Professor - Tenure-Track, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences" in the subject line.

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".

Review of applications will begin September 2023 and will continue until the position is filled, with a targeted start date of January 1, 2024. We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

All applicants to this job posting are required to self-identify using the following questionnaire: https://ualberta.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_brRoTlLXP6Ylpu6

Applicants who require an accessibility arrangement for their application, interview, and/or subsequent recruitment meetings can contact easda@ualberta.ca to arrange appropriate accommodations.

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.