University of Alberta

Assistant Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Competition No.  -    A107937552
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP) in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS). Preferential consideration will be given to applicants whose research interests complement current expertise in SURP. We are seeking outstanding individuals with research expertise in one or both of the following areas: ecological and environmental planning, and land use planning. 

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Planning or a closely-related field, demonstrate excellence in research with clear evidence of teaching potential, and have the Registered Professional Planner (RPP) designation to practice within Canada or attain the RPP designation within two years from date of hire at the University of Alberta. Criteria for research excellence will include a statement of research philosophy and goals, an emergent record of publications and presentations in high impact venues, a developing research funding record, a summary of planned research projects, and appropriately supportive and detailed letters of reference. Documentation of teaching and supervisory potential will include previous teaching experiences, letters of reference, and a statement of teaching philosophy. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an innovative and robust externally-funded research program, engage in relevant domestic and international research networks, teach graduate and undergraduate courses, advise students in the applied Master's program, and contribute service to the school, the department and the university. 

As one of Canada's largest post-secondary institutions, the University of Alberta offers an excellent research environment. SURP has close to 80 undergraduates, 35 MSc and 6 PhD students. The undergraduate and graduate programs are respectively accredited and preliminarily-accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Alberta Professional Planners Institute. The School is served by 6.5 full-time faculty members and several sessional instructors, and has developed alongside vibrant Human Geography and Environmental Earth Science programs. It also has linkages with other planning-related academic and research units across the University such as the Applied Land Use Planning Program and City-Region Studies Centre in the Faculty of Extension, and the Alberta Land Institute. For more information on the School, please visit: 

The University of Alberta is situated in Edmonton, a metropolitan area of over one million people with a vibrant research community and an excellent standard of living. Alberta's dynamic and growing communities provide excellent opportunities for local planning research and projects. 

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a research statement describing research interests and plans, a statement of teaching philosophy and summary of teaching experience. Short-listed candidates will be asked to arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent to the attention of the Chair via 

All correspondence should be addressed as follows and emailed to

Dr. Stephen T. Johnston, Chair 
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
1-26 Earth Sciences Building
University of Alberta 
Edmonton, AB Canada T6G 2E9

While the search will continue until the position is filled, applications received on or before January 15, 2019 will receive full consideration. The anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2019. 

For more information about the Department, the Faculty of Science, and the University of Alberta, please see

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. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. 

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.