University of Alberta

Assistant Professor in Economic Geology

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Competition No.  -    A107930854
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level in Economic Geology. Exceptional candidates may be considered for hiring at the rank of Associate Professor. It is expected that successful applicants will make use of our world-class facilities and expertise in Resource Geochemistry. Our Resource Geochemistry group draws exceptional strength from having built up geochemical facilities that together constitute the Canadian Centre for Isotopic Microanalysis and which includes >$30 million worth of state-of-the-art laboratories and analytical equipment. We are seeking outstanding individuals who demonstrate the potential to develop strong research programs in Economic Geology across the fields of geology, environmental Earth science, geochemistry and geophysics.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Earth Science or a related field of Science and demonstrated excellence in research with evidence of teaching potential. Evaluation of research excellence will be based on the applicant’s record of publication in high impact journals, indications of a developing research funding record, a summary of planned research projects, and appropriately supportive and detailed letters of reference (to be made available on request). Teaching and supervisory potential will be documented via previous teaching experiences, letters of reference, and a statement of teaching philosophy.

The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s largest post-secondary institutions, and the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (EAS), with more than 55 faculty, is one of its largest and highest impact Earth Science departments. The University and EAS provide numerous opportunities for collaborative research, and the normal teaching load is 2.5 courses per year. The successful candidates will be expected to develop an innovative and robust externally-funded research program, engage in and develop domestic and international research networks, teach graduate and undergraduate classes, supervise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and provide service to the Department, the Faculty, and the University, as well as to professional and external communities. Candidates for an appointment may be considered as nominees for one of four open Tier II Canada Research Chair positions in the Faculty of Science, in cases where the appointment advances the strategic objectives of the Faculty of Science and the University of Alberta. 

Interested individuals should submit a curriculum vitae, a description of their area(s) of research and planned research projects, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Applicants should provide the names and contact information for three individuals who can provide letters of reference. Applications, labeled attention of the Chair, should be delivered to

All correspondence should be addressed to:

Dr. Stephen T. Johnston, Chair
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
1-26 Earth Sciences Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB Canada T6G 2E3 

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Although the search will continue until the position is filled, applications received on or before December 15th, 2016 will receive full consideration. The anticipated start date of the position is July 1, 2017.

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.

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.