University of Alberta

Associate Professor - Nutrition, Microbes and Gastrointestinal Health

AH Ag Food & Nutritional Sci

Competition No.  -    A108134365
Closing Date  -    Dec 22, 2017

The Departments of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science (AFNS) and Biological Science at the University of Alberta are inviting applications for a joint tenure track appointment at the Associate Professor level in the area of Nutrition, Microbial and Gastrointestinal Health.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop a broad translational research program in Microbial Ecology and Nutrition-based Gastrointestinal Health. The successful candidate will also be an ambassador for research excellence and forge strong collaborative networks within both Departments, but particularly within the Division of Human Nutrition. The candidate will play a leadership role in promoting both fundamental and clinical-based studies in the general area of host microbial interactions, and will be expected to align with the mandates in areas of excellence within the University of Alberta.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in one or more appropriate trans-disciplinary areas, such as Microbiology, Nutrition and Food Science. We are seeking an individual with an outstanding record of research accomplishments, a vibrant and growing research program with a demonstrated and/or existing nationally competitive funding base. The candidate will be an emerging leader in the field and will be asked to focus and contribute to the understanding of how ecology and evolution of the gut microbiota can be used to develop strategies that target the microbiome to advance human health. 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 to graduate level courses, and take on graduate supervision and other supervisory and administrative committee work.

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 University is located in Edmonton, a vibrant city of a million people, offering a rich cultural and recreational life. For more information on the University of Alberta and City of Edmonton visit and

Candidates should send a letter of application outlining the proposed program of research, a statement of research interest, curriculum vitae, sample publications (20 pages maximum), the names of at least 3 referees, and teaching dossier with evaluations of teaching performance.  All application materials should be sent directly to:

Dr. Ruurd Zijlstra, Chair
Dept. of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science
University of Alberta
Rm. 410 Agriculture/Forestry Centre
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2P5

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

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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.