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Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Cellular Reprogramming, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Job ID: 15975

Updated: November 30, 2018

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) is seeking applicants for a Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Cellular Reprogramming to contribute to the Research Strategies of ‘Brain and Mental Health’ and ‘Engineering Solutions for Health’. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track).  The anticipated start date is July 1, 2019.

The Tier II CRC is expected to establish an independent, externally funded research program in human and animal cell reprogramming with an emphasis on nervous system regeneration and/or neurodegenerative disease modeling.  The position provides an excellent opportunity to interact with other established research groups in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) within the Cumming School of Medicine.  This is primarily a research position, but the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to teaching in the DVM and graduate programs in areas related to their expertise.

Tier II CRCs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars. Candidates must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination (e.g. PhD completed after 2009). Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree may have their eligibility for a Tier II chair assessed through the program’s Tier II justification process where justified career breaks exist (e.g. maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.). Please contact the University of Calgary’s Office of Research Services for more information: Further information about the Canada Research Chairs Program can be found on the Government of Canada’s CRC website, including eligibility criteria. 

The candidate will be an excellent emerging researcher who has demonstrated research creativity and innovation, and the potential to achieve international recognition within the next five to ten years. Qualifications include a PhD and subsequent postdoctoral training in molecular biology, genetics, cell biology or neuroscience, accompanied by a strong track record of peer-reviewed research.

UCVM has approximately 70 faculty members, 130 staff, 125 DVM students, 110 graduate students, 25 post-doctoral fellows, and 15 advanced clinical trainees. UCVM’s DVM program provides a comprehensive general veterinary education to approximately 30-32 students per year. The program is an integrated core-elective program, with enhanced educational opportunities in defined areas that combine discipline-based courses with extensive on-campus and off-campus experiential learning. UCVM is a research-intensive faculty with expanding research, graduate education, and advanced clinical trainee programs. Descriptions of the Faculty, its programs, and its departments can be found at The HBI ( has over 700 faculty, staff and trainees. It is focused on excellence in neuroscience and mental health education and research, and leads the university’s Brain and Mental Health strategy. The University has established the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning ( that supports the development of teaching excellence and scholarly activity.  

Located in Calgary, a vibrant, multicultural city of 1,200,000 near the Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park, and Lake Louise. The University of Calgary is a research-intensive, comprehensive university that supports innovation in education, research, and service to the community.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, but will be accepted until December 31, 2018. 

Interested individuals should submit a Curriculum Vitae, including the name and contact information of three referees; a statement of teaching and scholarly interests online via the ‘Apply Now’ link.

Those applicants wishing more information are encouraged to visit the website or email Dr. Jeff Biernaskie or

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.

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 four designated groups (women, Aboriginal People, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities) to apply. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding diversity or requests for accommodation can be sent to Human Resources (

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 Veterinary Medicine visit Careers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine 

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
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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. 

Posted On: November 30, 2018
Closing Date: December 31, 2018


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