University of Alberta

Tier II Canada Research Chair in Nutritional Immunology


Competition No.  -    A108133335
Closing Date  -    Aug 12, 2017

This competition is restricted to existing members of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES).

The Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science (AFNS) at the University of Alberta is inviting Notice of Interest from current members of the Faculty of ALES for nomination to a Tier II Canada Research Chair in the area of Nutritional Immunology. They should, at a minimum, be Assistant or Associate Professors, or possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed to these levels. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a broad translational program in Nutrition-based Immunology. The successful candidate will be an ambassador for research excellence and forge a strong collaborative network within the Division of Human Nutrition, Department of AFNS. The candidate will play a leadership role in promoting both fundamental and clinical-based studies in the general area of chronic disease(s), but will be expected to align with the mandates in areas of excellence within the University of Alberta, including (but not limited to) the Alberta Diabetes Institute.

The University of Alberta, one of Canada’s premier research institutions, offers an excellent research environment encompassing state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, including wet lab and clinical core facilities within the Alberta Diabetes Institute and Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Innovation. Other immediate facilities also include a comprehensive range of analytical research labs, leading-edge nutrition/food and processing laboratories at Agri-Food Discovery Place, the Agricultural Genomics and Proteomics Unit, and the Clinical Human Nutrition Research Unit.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Nutrition or Metabolism and training in immunology.  It is preferred, but not required that the candidate is eligible to apply for registration with the College of Dietitians of Alberta with a vision to contribute to the Dietetic Specialization (RD) program within ALES. We are seeking an individual with an outstanding record of research accomplishments, a vibrant and growing research program, and acknowledgement by peers as an emerging leader in Nutrition and a sound understanding of immunology systems. The candidate will have the vision and proven talent essential to build a successful collaborative research program that crosses institutional and disciplinary boundaries. The candidate will be expected to teach at all levels of the curriculum, from undergraduate (including the dietetics program) to graduate level courses, and take on graduate supervision and other supervisory and administrative committee work.

As outlined in the Canada Research Chair program details, “Tier II Chairs, tenable for 5 years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging scholar (i.e. within 10 year of earning their highest degree) acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field”.  Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. Please contact the UofA CRC Coordinator and Advisor for more information. Interested candidates are encouraged to consult the CRC website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria ( In addition, the successful candidate's proposed research program should ideally conform to the University’s vision and "cornerstones" outlined in the UofA institutional plan “For the Public Good” document (

Candidates should send a Notice of Intent outlining the proposed program of research, a statement of research interest and a curriculum vitae. The closing date for application is August 12, 2017. 

For further information on this position, or the department, please contact the Chair by email at or visit our website at

How to Apply

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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.