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Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Complex Systems, Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Job ID: 11959

Updated: December 14, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science is currently seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor, Complex Systems.

Location:                            Calgary
Functional Area:               Teaching and Research                              
Faculty:                               Faculty of Science
Position Type:                    Assistant Professor, Tenure track             
Unit:                                     Department of Physics and Astronomy
Experience Required:      Intermediate Level                           
Education Required:        Ph.D.

Applications are invited from emerging leaders in the area of Complex System physics for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position at the University of Calgary. We invite applications in all areas of theoretical, computational, applied and experimental physics related to complex systems. We seek outstanding candidates who will complement and expand the current activities in this area in the Department and across the broader UofC community working on complex systems. Current research on the physics of complex systems focuses on complex networks, network inference and causality, critical phenomena, fracture mechanics, extreme events and hazard assessment, nonlinear dynamics, pattern formation, statistical physics, and neurophysics. Current collaborations across UofC focus on geocomplexity including seismicity, hydraulic fracturing and space physics as well as on biocomplexity including brain networks, the dynamics and structure of neuronal cultures, biocomputation and molecular dynamics, as well as cardiac arrhythmia. Ideal candidates have documented world class research in complex system, a track record of working across disciplines and a commitment to excellence in in undergraduate and graduate teaching in physics. Candidates are expected to develop a vigorous, independent, and externally funded research program within a dynamic and collaborative environment. Candidates should be interested in fostering transdisciplinary interactions and collaborations within the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy and across the University of Calgary as promoted by the Eyes High Initiative.

The University of Calgary Complexity Science group in less than a decade of existence has already established itself as a leader in a number of areas related to complexity science, including earthquake dynamics, nonlinear geosciences and even social system dynamics.  The new incumbent will be expected to expand the breadth of work and the profile of this burgeoning group.

The position will be based in the Complexity Science group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. It is expected that the successful candidate will have an excellent track record in research in any area of Complexity Science, although alignment and potential collaboration with other areas of research activity in the Department (Astrophysics, Environmental and Isotope Physics, Quantum Optics, Radiation Oncology Physics, Space Physics) or with members of other Departments or Faculties at the University of Calgary will be viewed as advantageous. It is anticipated that the applicant would normally be appointed at the Assistant Professor level.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University is committed to student engagement and creating an innovative, student-centered learning environment.  The incumbent will be expected to contribute substantially and at a high level of quality to the teaching efforts of the Department. Information about the Department and its programs can be found at

How to apply: Applicants should submit a letter of application, a research plan, a teaching dossier, curriculum vitae with a complete publication list, and complete contact information for 3 referees addressed to:

Dr. Robert Thompson, Head
Department of Physics and Astronomy

The review of applications will begin on March 31, 2017 and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following questions: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to become one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. Ranked as the top young university in Canada and North America, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
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