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Assistant Professor, Transdisciplinary Geosystems Modeling for Clean Energy

University of Calgary

Job ID: 30371
Updated: November 3, 2023
Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description
The Department of Earth, Energy, and Environment (Earth@UCalgary) in the Faculty of Science in partnership with the School of Public Policy (SPP) at the University of Calgary invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor (tenure track) with a specialization in geosystems modeling for clean energy pathways intersecting with policy research. This position is a key piece of a larger Resource and Policy Nexus cluster hiring initiative, with three new positions creating unprecedented opportunities for transdisciplinary collaborations between science and policy. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024.

We seek a candidate with a research program that can transform global energy systems toward a low-carbon future by leveraging geological clean energy pathways, such as geothermal energy, hydrogen storage and production, critical mineral production, geological carbon sequestration, or other subsurface pathways. The successful candidate will apply innovative geosystems modeling and data analysis approaches to evaluate clean energy pathway development and mitigate interference of competing pathways. In particular, we are looking for a candidate who creates impact by advancing geoscientific understanding of multiple pathway development, while simultaneously seeking to address policy considerations for effectively managing resources in geological systems. Applicants must hold a PhD in earth science, geology, geophysics, energy science, or a closely related discipline and have a strong record of impactful research related to geosystems modeling. ‘Impact’ here is anticipated to be primarily in the scholarly context, but our preference is for candidates who understand and may have experienced success in achieving policy impacts as well. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an active, high-quality research program, as evidenced by: securing external research funding from a variety of sources; publication in scholarly and/or policy-relevant forums; dissemination of innovative scholarly work and applied policy options; and fostering relations with relevant partners (e.g., government, Indigenous groups, industry, academic) in the field.

The candidate will play an important role in teaching and research supervision of students at the undergraduate and graduate level. The successful applicant will be prepared to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Earth@UCalgary and at the SPP, providing evidence of teaching excellence and the desire to pursue pedagogical and curricular development in an academic setting. Evidence of effective graduate and undergraduate student supervision as well as experience in policy analysis and policy knowledge mobilization is an asset. Additionally, the candidate should provide evidence of collegial contributions within their organization and their commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), since they will be expected to fully engage in departmental and university service at the University of Calgary and work effectively with people from diverse communities and cultures.

Description of Work Environment
The Department of Earth, Energy, and Environment is a newly formed department at the University of Calgary, whose genesis was driven by the need to tackle significant Earth challenges that are emerging today. We are building a community of change-makers: a group of people who will leverage existing expertise and approach problems from every angle to find creative solutions. We have an audacious growth plan that will see us expand in the next 5 years into new areas of research and teaching, with a focus on mobilizing science and creating positive impact. We are Earth@UCalgary.

School of Public Policy is Canada's leading policy school with a faculty complement seconded from economics, science, social science, medicine, kinesiology, and legal backgrounds who advance practical and data-driven policy research. Alongside its Masters in Public Policy, the SPP is also home to the graduate level Sustainable Energy Development Masters, on which we collaborate closely with Earth@UCalgary. The School also provides executive training certificates through its Extractive Resources Governance Program.

The candidate will help launch the new department in bold directions through collaborations with SPP. Together, the stimulating and intellectually expansive setting will enable the candidate to explore transdisciplinary research that transforms science into action, informing equitable and sustainable development of natural resources for a clean energy future. This is not a role that will live in isolation; quite the opposite. It is one of three transdisciplinary Research and Policy Nexus positions that will form a nucleus of researchers tackling natural resource challenges that crosscut science and policy. As such, the candidate will benefit from a transdisciplinary team focused on science-policy intersections, supported by a purpose-built mentorship program designed to elevate all candidates and ensure they succeed. The successful candidate will split their time between the main campus (Earth@UCalgary) and downtown campus (SPP).

How to Apply
Please apply online via the ‘Apply Now’ link on the UCalgary careers website:

Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following:
• Cover letter and curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information of three referees
• Statement of research interests and vision (maximum of 2 pages)
• Statement of teaching philosophy/teaching dossier (maximum of 2 pages)
• Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (maximum of 2 pages)

Questions may be addressed to the Search Committee at The committee will be chaired by Edwin Cey, Head, Department of Earth, Energy, and Environment, Faculty of Science.

Application Deadline: December 13, 2023

Reviews will continue until the posting has been filled.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy 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 ( and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources (

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)

Acknowledgement of Non-Traditional Career Paths
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.

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 visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary
UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups. Start something today at the University of Calgary. 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.