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Assistant Professor, Tier II Canada Research Chair, Geospace Dynamics and Space Plasma Physics, Department of Physics & Astronomy

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Job ID: 12830

Updated: December 4, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Applications are invited from emerging leaders in the area of Geospace Dynamics and Space Plasma Physics for a Tier II Canada Research Chair position at the University of Calgary. The Chair will be appointed to a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. In alignment with the University's Eyes High strategic vision, including its institutional priority research theme of New Earth-Space Technologies, and in support of its strategic academic and research priorities of leadership, internationalization and creation of a dynamic research environment, the incumbent will join a community of world-class scholars in the Space Physics group.       

Tier II Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Candidates who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree and who have had career breaks, such as maternity, parental, or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc., may have their eligibility for a Tier II Chair assessed through the program’s Tier II justification process. Please contact the research grants office for more information. For more information about the CRC program, including eligibility criteria, please visit

The University of Calgary Space Physics group is a world leader in satellite-borne and ground-based imaging of the aurora, is building the world's foremost network of imaging riometers, and operates the South face of the Resolute Bay Incoherent Scatter Radar. As well, the group leads the ePOP satellite, and has developed and flown more than 20 instruments on satellites and sounding rockets over the past four decades, including the electric field instruments on ESA's Swarm satellites. The group maintains an international profile via research on the physics of the aurora, geospace dynamics including the radiation belts and the substorm, ionospheric plasma physics, and the effects of space weather on technological systems.

The chair will be based in the Space Physics group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a record of leadership in research, including success in in obtaining competitive research funding. As well, candidates will be expected to have an outstanding publication record, and an international reputation as an emerging or proven research leader.  It is expected that the chair's excellent track record in research would be related to or complementary to any of the Space Physics group's areas of focus, and that the chair will develop a research program that capitalizes on the opportunities afforded by the recently approved Transition Region Explorer (TREx) project. TREx, which will be fully implemented by 2018, will be revolutionary new network of imaging riometers and high time resolution multi-spectral auroral imagers. Teaching will also be required of the incumbent and a demonstrated interest in quality instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels will be expected. The successful applicant will hold a PhD in Physics or a related field.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy 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 online.

How to apply:

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via an 'Apply Now' link and include:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae with a complete publication list
  • Research plan
  • Teaching dossier
  • Complete contact information for three references

Applications should be addressed to:

Dr. David Knudsen, Head
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
T2N 1N4

The review of applications will begin on July 17, 2017 and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

The University 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.

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. 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.

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 become 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. Ranked as the top young university in Canada and North America, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta

Ranked the 5th most livable city in the world, Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and one of the best cities in Canada to raise a family. 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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