Assistant Professor in Plant/Tree Physiology/Ecophysiology
Competition 611

Department Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept
Posted date October 18, 2023
Closing date Will remain open until filled.
Position Type Full Time


Start Date: July 1, 2024 

Location: University of Alberta North Campus

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The Position

The Department of Renewable Resources ( in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta is inviting applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the field of Plant/Tree Physiology/Ecophysiology. This is a full-time (12-month), tenure-track academic appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an innovative fundamental and applied research program, focusing on plant physiological responses to climate extremes and climate change, abiotic and biotic stressors, silvicultural treatments, land degradation, and/or other environmental stress factors over a range of ecosystem scales. The successful candidate is expected to build a nationally competitive research program supported by extramural grants. The candidate will have the freedom to explore research questions and initiate projects aligned with their expertise and interests. Teaching responsibilities typically include teaching two undergraduate courses related to plant structure and function and/or plant ecophysiology. Additionally, the candidate will be expected to develop a graduate-level course in ecophysiology that can be taught to undergraduate students as well. Other responsibilities will include recruiting and mentoring graduate students, serving the College of Natural and Applied Sciences and the university as a whole, and engaging with private and government stakeholders.

Candidates must hold a PhD in plant/tree or ecophysiology or related fields. Applicants should demonstrate strong training and research experience in fundamental and applied aspects of plant/tree physiology or plant/tree ecophysiology, with skills in a wide range of field and laboratory methods, such as metabolomics and molecular approaches, being an asset. We also welcome applicants with non-traditional pathways to an academic career in Canada. Candidates must have already completed their PhD by July 1, 2024. Postdoctoral experience would be an asset in demonstrating research excellence. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

A demonstrated record of scholarly publication, extramural funding, and teaching at the university level is required. As part of our undergraduate programs and associated faculty, candidates who can bridge the fields of environmental sciences, land reclamation and forest restoration, forestry, and soil sciences are highly desirable.

The University and the City of Edmonton 

The University of Alberta is located in Edmonton, Alberta, and is one of Canada's largest and most respected research universities, with a population of over 40,000 students. We are home to 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, and 260,000 alumni worldwide, and we have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade. In 2023, the University was ranked seventh in the world for impact on sustainability, based on the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

The Department of Renewable Resources is among the best both nationally and internationally in terms of quality of research and training much needed for the next generation of scientists and workforce to address the grand challenges for the environmental sciences, forest ecology and management, sustainable agriculture, reclamation and restoration of land and water, and soil sciences in the province and beyond. Also, close ties to the government and industry are unique in Canada and enhance the department’s positioning. The department has outstanding resources in terms of space, infrastructure, core facilities, and excellent support staff. Our graduates are leaders in a diverse array of natural resources-related companies, academic institutions, agencies, and non-profit organizations. The Department is part of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, providing opportunities for strong interdisciplinary linkages in both research and teaching.

The City of Edmonton is a vibrant multicultural center with over one million people that offers the benefits of an urban lifestyle combined with high-quality schools, varied restaurants, excellent professional theatre and music venues, excellent public transportation, and ample opportunities for recreation. Edmonton’s River Valley is the largest urban park in Canada (22 times the size of Central Park in New York City), with more than 160 km of maintained pathways and 20 major parks. It is the capital of Alberta, with the lowest provincial tax regime in the country. Edmonton is known as Canada’s Festival City, with more than thirty major annual festivals celebrating its rich cultural diversity and community spirit. It has all the attractions of a big city, yet it is clean, safe, and livable, with excellent schools and health care. Edmonton is located only a few hours drive from Banff and Jasper National Parks, which offer skiing in winter and excellent hiking and sightseeing in the summer.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA); in accordance with the Agreement, this position offers a comprehensive benefits package found here Faculty Benefits Overview.

How to Apply

Candidates should submit to the online portal the following documents as one PDF document:

  • A cover letter (single page)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A statement of research interest (max two pages)
  • A statement outlining the proposed program of research (max two pages)
  • A statement of teaching philosophy (single page)
  • A teaching dossier with evaluations of teaching performance (max two pages)
  • Three sample publications
  • The names and contact information of three references
  • A statement on how the candidate intends to incorporate Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) principles into their plans for teaching, research, and service (max two pages)

Letters of reference will be requested from applicants selected for interviews.

Review of applications will begin on or shortly after January 15, 2024. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Applicants who are interested in learning more about the department, its faculty, and its graduate student body are invited to visit our website or contact the department chair, Dr. Nadir Erbilgin, at or at 780-492-6722.

At the University of Alberta, we are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible hiring process for all candidates. If you require accommodations to participate in the interview process, please let us know at the time of booking your interview and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

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.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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, M├ętis 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.