Frequently Asked Questions

Recruitment at the University of Alberta (U of A) is decentralized, which means that each department is responsible for their own recruitment and hiring processes. Below are some frequently asked questions for individuals interested in applying for positions at the U of A.

What opportunities are available at the U of A?

Available employment opportunities are posted on our website at You are encouraged to check back regularly as new vacancies are uploaded daily.

How do I apply for a job?

Each competition has specific application instructions at the bottom of the posting; please be sure to apply the way that the hiring department has specified to ensure that your application is received.

Can I send in an application to be kept on file and considered for future vacancies?

Since we are decentralized, we do not have the capacity to keep applications on file and match them to vacancies when they occur. We encourage you to check our website regularly as new postings are added daily. You will need to apply to each specific competition separately.

Application Tips
How do I know if my application was received?

If you have applied online, you will receive an email confirmation along with a copy of the posting. This may go to your Spam folder. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please submit an inquiry to the Staff Service Centre (include link) that includes the competition number and title. If you are not a current University of Alberta employee, and/or do not have a CCID, please follow the directions for external applicants.

I applied on competition # xxxx. How long does it take to receive a response for interview?

Generally it takes 10 business days for a response; however, it may take more or less time depending on the number of applicants and other recruitment circumstances. Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

There is no contact information on the posting; who should I address my cover letter to?

We recommend addressing your cover letter to the department that is listed at the top of the posting.

I want to move to Canada; do you hire foreign workers?

It depends on the type of position as well as what kind of applicant pool the department receives. For information on moving to Canada visit the Government of Canada‘s Immigration and Citizenship site or the Government of Alberta‘s Work in Alberta site.

What kind of benefits does the U of A offer for employees?

The U of A offers comprehensive benefit packages. Visit for more information.