Assistant Professor in Indigenous Epidemiology, Tuberculosis, and Artificial Intelligence

NS Faculty of Native Studies

Competition No.  -    A115749587
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Location - North campus. This role is in person

Department summary

The Faculty of Native Studies (FNS), one the largest Indigenous programs in the world, is devoted to understanding the historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous societies in Canada, with reference to the evolving Indigenous societies and cultures locally, nationally and internationally. The Faculty graduates both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with Bachelor's degrees in Native Studies, Native Studies and Education, Native Studies and Environmental Science and offers a Master of Arts in Native Studies and a PhD in Indigenous Studies. The Faculty also offers three Certificate Programs: Indigenous Governance and Partnership (embedded with degree), Indigenous Governance and Partnership (non-embedded), and Aboriginal Sport and Recreation (embedded with degree). Situated within a research-intensive university, the FNS' research profile centres Indigenous knowledge and relationships with Indigenous communities and is open to a highly diverse range of theoretical perspectives.

The Faculty of Science is one of the University’s largest. With seven outstanding departments (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computing Science, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Physics, and Psychology), it is home to 7,500 undergraduate students, ca. 1,200 graduate students, and about 300 faculty members, and raised ~$100M in research funding last year. Science is heavily involved in the upcoming cohort hire of CCAI Chairs, and expects to recruit 11 new faculty members across multiple departments through this initiative. The Department of Biological Sciences ( is one of the largest in North America, with 60 faculty members and 240 graduate students. Home to many highly decorated and internationally renowned faculty, the Department brings in ca. $15M in funding each year. Exceptional infrastructure supported by both the Department and the Faculty of Science and includes access to service units in chemical analysis, molecular biology, and microscopy. Members of Biological Sciences benefit from interdisciplinary connections with members of many other departments in the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Faculty of Agriculture, Life, and Environmental Sciences, the Faculty of Native Studies, and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. Researchers in the Department maintain close ties with various UofA-based centres, networks and institutes, including the Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases, the Canadian Glycomics Network, the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, the Alberta Diabetes Institute, the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, and the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute.

Position summary

The Faculty of Native Studies (FNS) and the Faculty of Science (Biological Science) are seeking applications for a tenure-track cross-appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Indigenous Epidemiology, Tuberculosis, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) specifically pertaining to metagenomics, paleopathogenomics, and machine learning approaches to understand and address health disparities.


Applicants will have a PhD in a Biology, Anthropology, or a closely related field with a focus on the intersections of genome science and Indigenous knowledges, and a demonstrated track record of excellence in teaching and research as well as active engagement and relationships with Indigenous communities. In keeping with the teaching and research foci of FNS, we have a specific interest in applicants that demonstrate research and teaching excellence in Indigenous Science, Technology and Society (Indigenous STS). Applicants will be expected to seek Tri-Council funding and engage in innovative interdisciplinary research (in FNS and Faculty of Science). In addition to maintaining an active scientific research program, they will also be expected to teach courses in both the Faculties of FNS and Science as well as engage in innovative teaching activities (through online and continuing education).

The successful candidate may have the opportunity to be nominated for a Canada CIFAR Artificial Intelligence (CCAI) Chair by the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii). Amii is one of three institutes named in the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy and represents more than 35 artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning researchers at the U of A, as well as CCAI Chairs at post-secondary institutions across Western Canada. The CCAI Chair includes research funding for at least five years. This position is part of a University of Alberta cluster hire in the areas of research strength that include Health, Energy, and Indigenous Initiatives in health and humanities, among others. The University of Alberta is world-renowned for its strength in AI; this cohort will bring together and foster the next generation of scientists leading the development of machine learning for societal benefit, fulfilling Amii's mandate of AI for good and all.

Minimum Qualifications

PhD in a Biology, Anthropology, or a closely related field with a focus on the intersections of genome science and Indigenous knowledges, and a demonstrated track record of excellence in teaching and research as well as active engagement and relationships with Indigenous communities.

Applications should include Curriculum Vitae, Teaching Dossier, the names of three referees, sample publications, a research plan (statement of research), and teaching philosophy and interests. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The review process of application will start March 1st, 2023 and the position will remain opened until filled. Expected start date July 1, 2023 (negotiable). Application must be submitted online to:

Dr. Nathalie Kermoal, Dean (Acting)

Faculty of Native Studies

Priority will be given to Indigenous applicants, defined under Section 35(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 which defines Aboriginal peoples as Indian, Inuit, and Métis.


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.