Assistant/Associate Professor, Ecosystem Services Under Climate Change, Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science

University of Calgary

Calgary, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Job ID: 26762

Updated: August 29, 2022

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

The Department of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in the area of Ecosystem Services Under Climate Change, with a start date of January 1, 2023 or later. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or in exceptional cases as an Associate Professor (with Tenure). 

Qualified applicants are expected to conduct research on that relates broadly to the theme of Ecosystem Services under Climate Change. This can include work focused on individual species or communities where their functioning is important to ecosystem services, or research that is primarily theoretical or aimed at methods development. We particularly encourage applications from candidates that use data and modelling intensive approaches and would be comfortable contributing to teaching courses on statistics and data science.  This is a dry lab position; we particularly encourage applicants who leverage new data streams and analytical tools (e.g., machine learning, remote sensing) to study how biodiversity drives delivery of ecosystem services (e.g., carbon sequestration, mitigation of heat extremes, air and water quality, land reclamation). The ideal candidate will focus on agricultural, industrial or urban landscapes, and improve our teaching and research capacity in key areas in which progress depends on big data and computational approaches (e.g., evolution, genomics)

The applicant is expected to establish a vibrant and internationally recognized, externally funded research program in the broadly defined area of Ecosystem Services under Climate Change, as well as provide excellent, innovative education for undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will assist in meeting the institutional goals outlined in the recently developed “Framework for Growth” and in the strategic plan of the Faculty of Science. The “Framework for Growth” is centered around three big ideas that will differentiate our entrepreneurial university and drive growth: transdisciplinary scholarship, deeper community partnerships, and future-focused delivery of programs that will see us expand the flexibility and customizability of the UCalgary experience. To learn more about this vision please see:

The successful candidate must possess a PhD or M.D. (or equivalent science degree) in Biology or related disciplines and postdoctoral experience in ecology, data science or related disciplines. 

Applicants at the Assistant Professor rank must have a strong publication record demonstrating excellence in Ecosystem Services Under Climate Change. Prior success in obtaining peer-reviewed funding is an asset. Candidates must also demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and learning and the use of contemporary approaches to teaching

The successful candidate at the Associate Professor rank must have a strong track record of publications in high quality journals in Ecosystem Services Under Climate Change, as well as evidence of securing ongoing external research funding.  They must also have demonstrated effectiveness in teaching at the University level that utilizes contemporary approaches to teaching, and evidence of effective graduate student supervision.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in service activities, as appropriate.

Application deadline is October 3, 2022.  

Please apply online via the ‘Apply Now’ link. A complete application should be submitted in a single pdf, and include the following:
– Cover letter (1-2 pages)
– Current curriculum vitae
– Research Plan (1-3 pages)
– Teaching Philosophy (1-2 pages)
– Statement describing the candidate’s contributions, or potential contributions to, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) along with their ability to work with a culturally diverse and international student, staff, and faculty body (up to 1 page)
-Names and contact information of three references
Applications and questions can be addressed to:
Dr. David Hansen
Department Head, Biological Sciences
Email: [email protected]

Business address and Job location:
Faculty of Science
2500 University Drive NW
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta  T2N 1N4 

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University is committed to student engagement and creating an innovative, student-centered learning environment. Information about the Department and its programs can be found at

The University of Calgary’s comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members through coverage for health, dental, life insurance, income protection for disability, and retirement income planning. To learn about our comprehensive benefits package, please visit 

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world’s cleanest cities and has been named one of the world’s most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 





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