Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Geomicrobiology - University of Calgary, Canada

The Department of Geoscience in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary (UofC) in Alberta, Canada, is seeking applicants for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Geomicrobiology.

The successful candidate will be appointed as a tenured member of the Faculty of Science in accordance with University policies, based on a recommendation from the Dean, Faculty of Science. The appointment will be at the rank of full professor (or associate professor, with the expectation to be promoted to full professor level within one or two years of the nomination). 

In accordance with the regulations set for Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs (, the candidate will be an outstanding researcher who has demonstrated research success with international recognition in the following areas:

innovative discoveries about microbial communities responsible for biogeochemical processes in surface and subsurface environments;
the application of leading-edge and next generation analytical approaches in geo-microbiology such as ‘omics’ techniques;
The candidate will be required to conduct research exploring the potential of microbial communities in geoscience areas of strategic priority at the UofC (e.g. the Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources, the UofC’s Strategic Focus on “Energy Innovations for Today and Tomorrow”, and the Faculty of Science’s Grand Challenge “Energy in Transition”).

The Tier 1 CRC nominee must have established an internationally recognized and externally funded research program with an emphasis on geomicrobiological approaches that have the potential to lead to innovations in geoscience and energy research. Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in research evidenced by:

a track-record of producing impactful, peer-reviewed publications in highest ranking journals,
demonstrated ability to obtain significant research support from a variety of sources,
an excellent track record in supervision, mentorship and placement of a diverse team of highly qualified personnel (HQP).
The University of Calgary prides itself on our ability to facilitate pathways and support mechanisms for knowledge translation and commercialization. Therefore, a track-record in innovation with technology transfer is a strong asset.

The CRC Tier 1 funding is for a seven-year, renewable term. Chair candidates will be required to have a PhD and academic qualifications that commensurate with an appointment at the rank of Professor and an internationally distinguished research and teaching record. Candidates must have the necessary credentials to deliver on the mission of the Chair to lead a novel and innovative research program at the intersection of leading-edge Geomicrobiology and Energy research within the strategic plan of the Faculty of Science and the University of Calgary Eyes High Strategy.

Please contact the University of Calgary’s Office of Research Services for more information on the nomination process: Further information about the Canada Research Chairs Program can be found on the Government of Canada’s CRC website, including eligibility criteria.

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.  

How to Apply

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online via the Careers at UCalgary site ( Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents):

Cover letter and curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information of three referees;
Statement of research interests and a clear description of how the planned research program is related to UofC’s strategic priorities;
Statement of teaching philosophy/teaching dossier;
Statement on equity, diversity and inclusion in your research group.
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Questions may be addressed to:

Bernhard Mayer, Professor and Head Department of Geoscience +1-403-220-4275

Applications are accepted until January 15, 2020.

15 January 2020
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