University of Alberta

Professor and Tier I (Senior) Canada Research Chair

Department of Political Science

Competition No.  -    A111133317
Closing Date  -    Jul 28, 2017

The Department of Political Science, housed in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, invites applications for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in The Politics of Citizenship and Human Rights.  Tier 1 CRCs are intended for scholars whose research accomplishments and leadership have made a notable impact on their discipline.  The selected candidate will be an academic at the senior/full-professor level and have a demonstrated record of distinguished and path-breaking research activities in the specialty areas of citizenship and human rights.  Relevant research areas should include a focus on issues of immigration, refugee and citizenship policies; diasporic populations, cultural pluralism and identity politics; and globalization, securitization and civil liberties.  The successful applicant will be responsible for fostering innovative disciplinary and multidisciplinary research collaboration, mentoring and supervising graduate students, and contributing to both public debate as well as public policy dialogue.
Candidates must hold a PhD in political science, and have an exceptional and innovative record of research leadership in the national and international arenas. They must also have a track record in obtaining external research grants, attracting and mentoring both graduate and postdoctoral fellows, as well as an original and groundbreaking program of future research.

This opportunity is open only to current University of Alberta employees. Applications are particularly encouraged from women, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal Peoples, and visible minorities.

The successful applicant will be nominated by the University for a Canada Research Chair and will also be appointed as a regular senior faculty member.  The Canada Research Chairs Program was established by the Canadian Government to foster world-class research excellence. As stated in the Terms of Reference, “Tier I Chairs, tenable for seven years and renewable are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders” in their fields. Nominations for Canada Research Chairs are subject to review by the CRC Secretariat, and appointment as a Canada Research Chair is conditional upon their approval.

Responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate teaching, graduate supervision and normal administrative committee work, as well as maintaining an original and innovative research program. However, the teaching load for a Canada Research Chair will be two one-term courses per year instead of the four one-term courses per year for regular faculty. The appointment will be with tenure, at the level of full Professor.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and, in the case of Canada Research Chairs, carries a supplement that may be taken as taxable salary or tax-free research grant or a combination thereof. The benefit package is comprehensive.

The closing date for receipt of applications is July 28, 2017. The position starting date is as early as July 1, 2018, but is negotiable.

To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below.  Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a letter describing their interest in the position, including a brief statement of their research plans, and the names of at least three referees to be consulted, to the attention of Dr. Lois Harder, Chair, Department of Political Science. 

For any questions related to the Canada Research Chair (CRC) process, please contact Steve Patten at

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.