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Department Head, Chemistry, Faculty of Science

Job ID: 17275

Updated: January 23, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The University of Calgary is one of Canada’s top comprehensive research intensive universities, with over 34,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 14 faculties, over 1,800 academic staff, and over 3,200 non-academic staff across 5 campuses. 

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Calgary has over 500 undergraduate and 100 graduate students and 80 academic and support staff. Our innovative approach builds a strong community through teaching, learning, research, scholarship and collaborative partnerships. We conduct transformative research in sustainable energy and carbon capture as well as in chemical education. Our cutting-edge programs provide unique hands-on learning experiences and students flourish in a stimulating environment with access to state of the art laboratories and linkages to a global network of alumni. We have developed local, national and international networks with strategic partners that have expanded our research capabilities, strengthened student experience and broadened our community outreach.  Our students, faculty and staff thrive within a community of innovators, learners and entrepreneurial thinkers.  

Reporting to the Dean of Science, the Department Head serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for all aspects of the management, operation and development of the Chemistry department. The Head recognizes opportunities and promotes academic and research activities through interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation among colleagues.  The Head should be a relationship builder and strong communicator, demonstrating a passion for teaching, learning and research in Chemistry, while being the primary advocate and liaison for the department.

The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker, collaborative leader and distinguished scholar in any area of Chemistry.  They demonstrate a notable track record in teaching, research excellence and community engagement.  The successful candidate will have an earned PhD along with academic qualifications commensurate with an appointment With Tenure at the rank of Associate Professor, as well as proven leadership and administrative proficiency. Candidates with industry experience are also encouraged to apply. The appointment as Head is for a five-year period with the possibility of renewal.

Through our Eyes High vision we have fundamentally transformed the University of Calgary. We have raised our global profile, enhanced the quality of undergraduate and graduate education, promoted innovation and excellence in scholarly activity, and provided significant returns to the community and economy both locally and beyond. Eyes High 2017-2022 will leverage our momentum and aspirations to be recognized as a top 5 research university in Canada, with a strong focus on student experience, campus culture and entrepreneurial thinking. 
Recently ranked the 4th most liveable city in the world by The Economist, and possessing one of the youngest populations of major cities in Canada, Calgary is home to the University of Calgary, world-class attractions, sporting amenities and public infrastructure that support healthy lifestyles. Calgary is a city of leaders—in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism with the highest concentration of entrepreneurs and Canadian head offices in Canada. Situated in the sunny foothills of Canada's majestic Rocky Mountains, Calgary is a major urban centre surrounded by an area of profound beauty with an unspoiled, resource-rich natural environment.  

Consistently rated by the United Nations as the world’s best country to live in, Canada is the world’s second largest country by total area and is one of the most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations. The 10th largest advanced economy in the world, relying upon its abundant natural resources and sophisticated international trade networks, Canada ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, and education. 

The University of Calgary’s comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members through coverage for health, dental, life insurance, income protection for disability, and retirement income planning. 

To learn about our comprehensive benefits package please visit

The University of Calgary welcomes diversity and encourages applications from all qualified peoples, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Indigenous persons.

To explore this opportunity contact Janet Soles and Associates at or forward your CV and related documents to  

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 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
About Calgary, Alberta

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. 



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