Assistant Professor - Physics

AUG Sciences

Competition No.  -    A105649256
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).


Work takes place at Augustana Campus, Camrose AB.   Anticipated start date will be July 1, 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

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 Augustana Faculty

Augustana enrolls over 1000 undergraduate students in baccalaureate degree programs on a residential campus in the city of Camrose, 90 kilometers southeast of Edmonton. The Campus is located on Treaty Six territory which provided a traveling route and home to the Cree, Blackfoot, and Metis, as it did for the Nakoda, Tsuu T’ina and Chipewyan, and other Indigenous peoples. Their spiritual and practical relationships to the land create a rich heritage and ongoing model for our learning and our life as a community.

The Faculty is committed to building on its reputation for academic rigour, high-quality teaching in the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences, and extensive opportunities for students in the areas of community service-learning, undergraduate research and place-based learning. Augustana offers a distinctive undergraduate experience characterized by an alternative academic calendar (“3-11”) and a common project-based core. Students benefit from the advantages of a small campus while earning a degree from one of Canada’s leading universities.


The Department of Science at the Augustana Faculty of the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure-track position in Physics, with an emphasis in astronomy. The appointment is at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence as early as July 01, 2023. As a faculty member in the Chemical and Physical Sciences Major the successful candidate will join a collegial environment that values significant faculty-student interaction and provides unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Responsibilities associated with this position include: a primary focus on undergraduate teaching, development of a research program appropriate to an undergraduate Faculty, and meaningful service to the Faculty and broader community. The successful candidate will demonstrate potential for or a record of effective and engaging teaching at the undergraduate level. Undergraduate courses taught will include a wide range of physics and astronomy courses and may also include Augustana project-based core courses. Particular to the position, and integrated into the general responsibilities, is the ability to assume primary responsibility for the direction of the new Augustana Hejse Astronomical Observatory: to utilize this small, high quality observatory for student learning, engaging the broader public community, and research. Applicants will have a Ph.D. in Physics or Astronomy. Experience in astronomical observation will be an asset.

Augustana Faculty and the University as a whole have adopted a comprehensive Equity, Diversity and Inclusion agenda.  Augustana supports and pursues strategies of equity, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) in its overall educational mission.  The successful candidates for this position need to be prepared to address equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) during the interview process.  Augustana aims to address these issues in a meaningful and lasting way. The University's principles and actions and its EDI Strategic Plan are underpinned by respect for the dignity, rights, and full participation of all those who live, work, and learn within the university.


  • Undergraduate teaching
  • Research
  • Service to the Faculty and broader community
  • Director of the Augustana Hejse Astronomical Observatory

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Physics or Astronomy
  • Demonstrated potential for or record of effective and engaging undergraduate teaching
  • Ability to develop an appropriate research program
  • Ability to provide effective direction for the Augustana Hejse Astronomical Observatory
  • Experience in observational astronomy

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working experience in an astronomical observatory

How to Apply

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

  • Cover letter that summarizes the application and potential contribution to Augustana Faculty;
  • Curriculum vitae (CV), including links (as applicable) to scholarly publications and the names and contact information for three (3) referees;
  • Teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy (maximum 750 words) and evidence of teaching effectiveness (submit as an attachment under "Statement of Teaching/Research Interests")
  • Research statement that outlines main areas of research and future plans (maximum 750 words; submit under “Research Plan”)

Applications will be reviewed beginning February 20, 2023. Applications should be submitted online.

Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Sheryl Gares, Chair of Department of Science - ( using the subject line “Physics Tenure-Track Opportunity.”

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application (within your cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your cover letter.


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.