University of Alberta

Assistant/Associate Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair - Dairy Cattle Production/Nutrition/Physiology

Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science

Competition No.  -    A108136109
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure track NSERC Industrial Research Chair (NSERC IRC) appointment in the general areas of Dairy Cattle Production, Nutrition or Physiology.

Building on recognized strengths at one of Canada’s foremost research-intensive universities, the appointee is expected to develop a world-class research and teaching  program to support sustainable growth in the dairy sector. The program will address industry priorities and complement the current foci on cow longevity, and enhancing the quality and composition of milk in an efficient and environmentally sustainable manner. The University of Alberta, the largest research institution in the province,  offers a dynamic and exciting research and teaching environment, with access to outstanding facilities for both fundamental and applied research. Facilities include the Dairy Research and Technology Centre (DRTC) at the nearby Edmonton Research Station, which is ranked as one of Canada’s premier animal and plant research facilities, as well as the state-of-the-art Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Centre and other specialized analytical laboratories on the main campus. As an NSERC IRC the successful candidate will work cooperatively with other DRTC scientists to strengthen the existing partnership involving the University of Alberta, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, University of Calgary, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Alberta Milk. They will also develop a program that support the long term vision of the dairy industry in assuring consumers of the attributes of milk and milk production including, Safety, Quality, Traceability, Biosecurity, Animal Care and Environmental Sustainability.

Candidates must have a doctorate in dairy science/animal science, or related field with focus on nutrition, physiology, management, metabolism, or environmental impacts and provide evidence of outstanding research potential, demonstrated leadership ability, excellent communication skills and a strong track record of effective technology transfer activities. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as integrated research programs that support the department’s overall mission. That mission emphasizes achieving teaching and research excellence in efficient and sustainable production, processing, and utilization of safe and nutritious food to promote health, within the context of the agri-food industry. The department, with a faculty that has garnered national and international recognition, is unique in Canada because of its depth of academic expertise and its broad range of disciplines.  For further details see:

Candidates should submit a statement of interest and vision regarding research and teaching, curriculum vitae, 3 sample publication and the name and contact  information of three referees. Interested candidate are encouraged to apply online. The position will remain open until filled; however, review of applications will commence on August 31, 2018. Appointment will be at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, depending on the qualifications of the candidate.  The department will facilitate the submission of an NSERC-Industrial Research Chair application, but the appointment will not be contingent on the success of the application.  For further information on this position, or the department, please contact the Chair by email at or visit our website at:

With more than 38,000 students and 15,000 staff, the University of Alberta ( grants over 8,500 degrees annually to graduates of 388 undergraduate and 500 graduate programs. A research, medical-doctoral, multi-campus institution, the University of Alberta offers a full range of academic and professional programs.

The Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES) is a science-based faculty that is uniquely positioned. Our professors and students draw from the natural sciences, the social sciences and the arts and humanities to seek comprehensive solutions to some of the key challenges our province, country and world face today. ALES was founded in 1915 and has a long and rich history, tracing back to one of the oldest Faculties and earliest Departments at the University of Alberta. Teaching, research and community engagement within the Faculty are focused on healthy human environments; the sustainability of land, forests and water; the biological, economic, social and technological underpinnings of the bio-products industry; and global food systems.

The Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science (AFNS) at the University of Alberta, is a vibrant, collegial and unique department, the first of its kind in North America. AFNS has a mission of serving the community through excellence in teaching and research in efficient and sustainable agricultural production, value added processing, food safety and human health to promote the health and quality of life. AFNS administers a budget of about $ 38 million, including approximately $24 million in research and trust funds.

The department now has a total of 65 academic staff (including secondments); over 100 Research Associates, PDFs, Adjunct professors, and visiting scientists; 350 administrative/technical and Support staff. There are approximately 250 graduate students, and over 800 undergraduate students enrolled in the BSc in Agriculture, Animal Health, Nutrition & Food Science degree programs, administered at the Faculty level. 

Greater Edmonton, with nearly one million residents in the city and surrounding communities, is a beautiful city straddling a spectacular river valley park system. It is  the capital of Alberta, with the lowest provincial tax regime in the country. Edmonton is known as Canada’s Festival City, with more than thirty major annual festivals celebrating its rich cultural diversity and community spirit. It has all the attractions of a big city, yet it is clean, safe, and livable, with excellent schools and health care. Edmonton is located only a few hours from Banff and Jasper National Parks, which offer skiing in winter and excellent hiking and sightseeing in summer (

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We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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.