Vision Scientist: Assistant/Associate Professor

Ophthalmology & Visual Science

Competition No.  -    A113444947
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The University of Alberta (UofA), Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor contingent tenure-track appointment in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, focusing on Translational Vision Science. The UofA in Edmonton is one of Canada's top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences.  Home to 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the University has an annual budget of $1.8 billion and attracts more than $480 million in sponsored research revenue.  The UofA offers close to 400 rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on five campuses - including one rural and one francophone campus.  The University has more than 260,000 alumni worldwide.  The University and its people remain dedicated to the promise made in 1908 by founding president Henry Marshall Tory that knowledge shall be used for "uplifting the whole people."

The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences (OVS), in conjunction with the Department of Medical Genetics and the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute (NMHI), UofA, seeks an accomplished investigator to join our Faculty (at a rank commensurate with their scientific credentials).  The successful applicant will be appointed by OVS, with an adjunct or cross-appointment in Medical Genetics and NMHI, and be part of an innovative program (Alberta Vision Net) that offers a highly collaborative environment for both fundamental and translational vision research and builds on inter-departmental strengths in neurobiology, developmental biology, vascular biology, and molecular genetics of vision.

We are seeking an outstanding scientist with a PhD who has a significant track record of accomplishment and a well-established research program in an area of translational vision science.  The applicant is expected to have a competitive publication record of original peer-reviewed research, and to develop or have an established extramurally funded research program in vision research.  Applicants must also provide evidence of their commitment to multi-disciplinary collaborative research and excellence in teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The successful applicant will receive a competitive recruitment package with startup funds and newly renovated laboratory space and support from a productive network of vision and other scientists.  A contribution to teaching within OVS and Medical Genetics is expected. This position will involve at least 70% of protected time for research with the remainder spent on other academic activities, including teaching and administration.

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 application (within the cover letter.)  

For full consideration please send via online application electronic copies of curriculum vitae, a two-page statement of research interest, relevant publications, and three letters of reference attention to:

Dr. Karim F. Damji, Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of Alberta

c/o Meagan Strachan  Email:

The competition will remain open until the position is filled.

How to Apply


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.