Assistant Professor of Political Science in Climate Politics

ART Political Science

Competition No.  -    A111148678
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Location - North campus

This role is in person

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.

Department summary

The Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta is one of the most diverse, critical, and well regarded in Political Science in Canada, and has a strong international record of research and teaching. We currently have 21 full-time faculty (of whom 50% are women and 40% are BIPOC), over 550 undergraduate majors, and 65 graduate students across three Masters degrees and a PhD program. We teach in six undergraduate fields: Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, Indigenous Politics, International Relations, Gender and Politics, and Political Theory.

The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s top five research universities, with a large Faculty of Arts that comprises 15 departments across the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts. Edmonton is an affordable and welcoming northern capital city with a population of around 1.1 million people and a significant Indigenous presence.

Position summary

The Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Climate Politics, to start July 1, 2023. 

Potential applicants interested in knowing more are invited to visit or to contact the Chair, Cressida Heyes (

In your application, please include a cover letter, CV, statement of research and teaching interests, and a writing sample of no more than 8000 words. Only longlisted candidates will be asked for further materials, which will include three confidential letters of recommendation.


An Assistant Professor will standardly work 40% on research, 40% on teaching (fulfilled by teaching 4 HCE per year and working with graduate students), and 20% on service (to their department, the university, and the profession).


  • Qualified candidates will hold a PhD in Political Science or a related discipline, or be ABD and expect to complete the degree before taking up the position.
  • The department is especially interested in candidates with an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to climate justice.

*The position will remain open until filled, but review of applications will begin on November 21, 2022.

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.