Assistant Professor, Synthetic Biology for Biomedical and Health Applications
University of Calgary
The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. In alignment with the University of Calgary's Framework for Growth plan and in support of its strategic academic and research priorities, the successful candidate will actively contribute to research, student/postdoc supervision, undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as curriculum development. In time, the successful candidate is expected to grow into a leadership role within the Department, School, and University. The successful candidate will also provide service to the department, faculty, institute, University, and community and contribute to achieving equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible employment practices and workplaces.
The successful candidate will be expected to establish a strong research program in the area of Molecular and Cellular Synthetic Biology Engineering for Health, with the potential to achieve national and international recognition in the next five to ten years. They will be expected to attract competitive external funding to support their research activities, and to attract excellent trainees and staff. They will also be expected to teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, related to their area of expertise. In alignment with the University of Calgary's strategic vision, and in support of its strategic priorities of leadership, teaching and research integration, the successful applicant will actively contribute to teaching and curriculum development.
The successful candidate will be an emerging scholar with an original, creative, innovative, and forward-looking research program, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to become an international leader in the field. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in engineering, life sciences, or equivalent. The successful candidate's research program will focus on Synthetic Biology for Biomedical and Health Applications. This may be accomplished through these novel research themes:
1) Developing novel synthetic biology techniques for biomedical and health applications
2) Developing diagnostic and therapeutic technologies and biomanufacturing processes based on synthetic biology
3) Translating basic synthetic biology tools and techniques to practical applications
The successful candidate will have a mandate to develop a research program that advances critically required knowledge for applying synthetic biology tools to a breadth of application areas, that will attract competitive external funding, and experience in teaching and graduate student supervision at the University level. They are expected to be or become eligible for registration as a professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) (https://www.apega.ca/). If any candidates require further information about this criterion, they are encouraged to contact the Department Head.
The research area exemplifies the University of Calgary's vision of research that is built around areas of excellence, entrepreneurial thinking, innovation, advanced technology, and strong connections to industry and community.
The Schulich School of Engineering is committed to fostering diversity through cultivating an environment where people with a variety of backgrounds, genders, interests and talents feel welcome and included. In 2016, the Schulich School of Engineering was recognized with the KNOVO Award of Distinction to honour the school's commitment to diversity and equity.
The new Biomedical Engineering Department is the home of undergraduate (BSc) and graduate (MSc, PhD) programming and is an anchor for cross-campus transdisciplinary activities in Biomedical Engineering. Biomedical Engineering at the University of Calgary (ucalgary.ca/bme) involves more than 300 faculty members with current annual research funding exceeding $75M. The university has made significant investments in Biomedical Engineering to date, including the allocation of six Tier 1 and nine Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs. A strong culture of collaboration and cross-disciplinary research excellence is enabled by significant research infrastructure located in multiple centers across campus. The University of Calgary's multidisciplinary Engineering Solutions for Health: Biomedical Engineering research strategy drives innovations that are saving lives and revolutionizing health care. Biomedical Engineering is led by the Schulich School of Engineering, with the Cumming School of Medicine, and the faculties of Kinesiology, Nursing, Science, and Veterinary Medicine. With collaborative teams focused on wearable technologies (We-Trac CREATE), human mobility, health monitoring and management including e-health, advanced biomedical imaging, precision bio-diagnostics, regenerative medicine and novel medical technologies, our researchers are transforming health services and quality of life.
The successful candidate will benefit from a rich ecosystem, which includes world-class scholars, a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, and an equitable, diverse, and inclusive university community that supports transdisciplinary research, partnerships and collaborations, and education excellence. The Schulich School of Engineering Strategic Plan, Schulich Momentum, identifies four pillars: 1) Indigenous Engagement, Inclusivity and Reconciliation; 2) Fostering a Community through Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility; 3) Preparing Tomorrow's Engineering Changemakers; and 4) Elevating Research and Innovation Impact. The Schulich School of Engineering is a key contributor the University of Calgary Framework for Growth plan, which emphasizes transdisciplinary scholarship, deeper community integration, and future-focused program delivery. For more information, please visit the Schulich School of Engineering website.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates are encouraged to submit an application online via the UCalgary Careers page:
Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents, such as publications):
Cover letter and curriculum vitae, as well as the name and contact information of three referees
Statement of research interests, accomplishments and vision (maximum 2 pages)
Statement of teaching philosophy promoting student learning and success (maximum 2 pages). This can include information on teaching experience, training, and mentoring inside and outside the classroom at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels
Statement on equity, diversity and inclusion (maximum 2 pages)
Application Deadline: March 30, 2023
Questions may be addressed to:
Dr. Michael Kallos
Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering
The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.
As an equitable and inclusive employer, 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 designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (email@example.com) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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)
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About the University of Calgary
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