Campus Alberta Innovates Program Chair
University of Alberta - Edmonton, AB

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In 2011, the Government of Alberta created the Campus Alberta Innovation Program (CAIP) Chairs as part of its Campus Alberta collaborative initiative. The program is designed to recruit new research leaders to Alberta, aligned with strategic priority areas – in this case, Water Management. At the end of their terms as CAIP Chairs, the appointees will assume regular (tenure-stream) faculty positions. For more information on the CAIP Chair program, visit

The Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta invites applicants with outstanding academic and leadership skills to apply for a CAIP Chair in Watershed Management or Wetland Restoration Ecology. Academic appointment will be made at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Full Professor level depending on the seniority of the individual. The value of this prestigious CAIP award is $2.1 million, to be used for both salary and research.

The successful candidate must have a strong record of research in watershed management or peatland or wetland restoration ecology and must propose a program of research that demonstrates excellence, originality, collaboration and innovation. The Chair will provide leadership in developing new knowledge in the ecology and management of water or wetland resources and disseminating this knowledge to students, research partners and the public. The successful candidate will present evidence of capabilities in developing a competitive, externally-funded research program, in an area that complements existing strengths of the Department. Applicants require a Ph.D., a demonstrated potential for attracting and effectively supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and abilities in technology transfer activities. Demonstrated excellence in teaching is required; evidence of novel approaches, collaboration, and interest in alternative (non-traditional) teaching methods are assets. The Chair will be encouraged to develop connections and research collaborations with members of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta and with water scientists at other Alberta institutions.

The Department of Renewable Resources has excellent facilities in environmental, soil and forest sciences. It contributes to undergraduate programs in conservation biology, forestry, crop science and land reclamation. Our mission is to discover, apply and share knowledge of natural and managed ecosystems.

TheUniversity of Alberta is one of Canada's foremost research intensive universities, with approximately $500 million annually in external research funding and undergraduate and graduate enrollment exceeding 38,000. With a population of over one million people, the greater Edmonton area offers a diverse array of cultural and sporting activities year-round, with a strong focus on the arts and a vibrant community spirit. Located only a few hours away from the spectacular Canadian Rockies, Edmontonians have quick and easy access to some of the finest skiing, kayaking, cycling, camping, backpacking and fishing in the world. Alberta has a strong economy, an excellent standard of living, and low taxes.

Applications should include a statement of research interest, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier and philosophy and the names of three referees. The Selection Committee will begin consideration of applicants on August 31, 2013; the competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is appointed. Applications should be submitted online at or sent electronically to:

Victor Lieffers
Professor and Chair
Department of Renewable Resources
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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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.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.