University of Alberta

Assistant Professor - Tier 2 Canada Research Chair

Faculty of Medicine - Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Competition No.  -    A112640868
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair tenure-track position at the assistant professor level. We are seeking outstanding candidates with a strong research program in virology or bacteriology. Areas of interest cover a broad range of topics with relevance to significant challenges in health and technological sectors. Antimicrobial resistance and phage therapy is a specific example; however, applicants in each of the aforementioned areas will be considered. The mission of the Department is to provide an enriched environment for research, education and training in the field of infection and immunity that links molecular mechanisms to disease, treatment and prevention.

Applicants must have a PhD, postdoctoral experience and a proven record of high-quality research achievements. The successful candidate will conduct innovative independent research to attract funding and outstanding research trainees, and will contribute to the Department's undergraduate and graduate programs, including teaching and assisting with administration. There will also be significant opportunities for collaborations with several multidisciplinary research groups within the University, such as the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology.

A competitive start-up package and research support, along with the opportunity to apply for infrastructure support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to help acquire state-of-the-art equipment, will be provided. The successful candidate will be appointed as a faculty member in the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, contingent on ongoing government funding.

The successful candidate will also be nominated for a Tier 2 CRC. Nominations for CRC's are subject to review by the CRC secretariat and appointments are conditional upon their approval. Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars, i.e. candidates must have been an active researcher in the field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination. Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree and where career interruptions exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc. may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 CRC assessed through the program's Tier 2 justification process. Please contact the University of Alberta CRC Coordinator and Advisor, Glen Thomas, ( for more information. Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website ( for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.

The University of Alberta recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., parental leave or leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and that these leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

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 cover letter. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your cover letter. 

Screening of applicants will commence April 1, 2020

To apply:

1. All applicants to this job posting are required to self-identify using the following questionnaire

2. Submit a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching interests, and a two-page description of current and future CRC Tier 2 research plans by clicking the "Apply Online" button below. Also, please provide contact information of three individuals who are willing to provide confidential letters of reference. Letters are required at the later stages of the application process and will need to be directly forwarded to 

Applicants whom require an accessibility arrangement for their interview and/or subsequent recruitment meetings can contact Catherine Anley (Senior Consultant Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) at or 780.492.3020 to arrange appropriate accommodations.

 Posted: February 26, 2020

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.