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Industrial Research Chair, Wetland Reclamation, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science

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Job ID: 13437

Updated: August 29, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

In partnership with the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), the Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, at the University of Calgary invites applications for a tenured position as an Industrial Research Chair in Wetland Reclamation.  This position would be appointed as a tenured Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.

The objectives of the IRC will be to: 1) Identify the range of successful wetland reclamation outcomes and evaluate potential performance measures of wetland sustainability, ecological function and biodiversity, 2) Develop a monitoring approach and framework to assess reclaimed wetlands in the oil sands region, 3) validate proposed performance measures and a monitoring approach and framework through field study of reclaimed open-water/marsh wetlands. 

Applicants are sought to conduct research in the area of wetland reclamation for the oil sands, as well as proficiency in developing monitoring programs and environmental policy.

The successful candidate is expected to be a productive, innovative scientist who will establish an independent, externally funded, internationally recognized research program that actively engages and trains students in conceptually-based enquiry. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Department of Biological Sciences, consistent with the expectations for other Chairs.  Excellent communication and leadership skills, and the ability to manage student projects, are expected. Minimum qualifications include a PhD (or equivalent) in some aspect of the biological sciences, with postdoctoral training. Appointment to the rank of Professor with tenure requires evidence of teaching effectiveness, recognized research attainment and a satisfactory record of service.

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, statement of teaching interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and five recent publications, as well as the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three referees. Review of applications will begin on August 28, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Applications for the Chair should be sent to:

Dr. Douglas Storey, Head, Department of Biological Sciences
University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Fax: (403) 289-9311

The University of Calgary is a comprehensive medical/doctoral research university with ~30,000 full-time equivalent students, including over 5,000 graduate students.  The City of Calgary, known as Canada’s Energy Capital, has a population of over one million and has been Canada’s fastest growing major city. Calgary enjoys a vibrant social and economic climate based on energy, high-tech industries, financial services, and tourism, and is located in southern Alberta, a dynamic and prosperous Canadian province.  Situated in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Calgary offers excellent year-round recreational opportunities.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. 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 question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

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About the University of Calgary
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Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 


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