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Campus Alberta Innovates Program (CAIP) Research Chair, Aquatic Ecosystem Health

University of Calgary

As part of its implementation strategy, the University of Calgary will be funding a Campus Alberta Innovates Program (CAIP) Research Chair in the area of Aquatic Ecosystem Health. Protecting Alberta’s river systems is critical to the sustainability of industry, and Alberta’s natural resources. Effects within watersheds are cumulative, and current management approaches are informed by a variety of poorly aligned monitoring approaches that lack a common framework, regulatory approach, philosophy, and methodology. Cumulative effects assessment needs to be better integrated through regional environmental assessment and regional environmental effects frameworks that connect to regulatory and policy assurance including regional land use planning processes.

Working with relevant government agencies, industry-based partners, and stakeholder organizations, the strategic objective of the CAIP Chair will be to:

1) conduct innovative research on the assessment and prediction of cumulative environmental effects;
2) develop and validate novel cumulative effects approaches that integrate the monitoring and assessment of ecological and environmental indicators into direct application for resource management decision-making;
3) create a functioning network of inter- and trans-disciplinary expertise that focuses on the analysis, interpretation and synthesis of complex environmental data.

Research under this CAIP Chair will advance adaptive monitoring approaches, programs and systems, which can underpin a regional watershed-based integrated management system. The emphasis will be on conceptualizing, designing, and operating programs that are supported by hypothesis-driven science and research aligned to adverse outcome pathways to better link monitoring systems into an assessment and management system to identify, manage and mitigate cumulative effects. The focus will be to develop approaches and strategies for mobilizing and integrating the knowledge to help transform provincial and national strategies for sustainability of aquatic systems.

The Chair will collaborate with industry, government, academic and indigenous partners throughout Alberta’s drainage basins, and will develop integrated approaches for addressing cumulative effects at a watershed scale. The Chair will link to developing and existing University of Calgary expertise in aquatic sciences (hydrology, ecotoxicology, aquatic ecology, water quality), as well as the Water and Energy, (other areas) and to other CAIP Chairs. The Chair will be contributing to a University-AEP collaborative program.

• The appointment to the CAIP Chair will be for a seven (7) year period and will be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and salary commensurate with experience. The position will be in the Faculty of Science.
o Applicants at the associate professor level must provide evidence of an established, externally funded research program, a strong publication record, evidence of successful teaching and graduate supervision, and evidence of established academic engagements in professional and other communities.
o Applicants at the full professor level must provide evidence of a well-established funded research program, outstanding academic publication record, evidence of a fully established, demonstrated ability to lead research teams, outstanding teaching and graduate supervision record, and evidence of academic service and/or leadership.

• As per CAIP Research Chair award requirements, this Chair position is intended for academic scholars residing outside of Alberta, however, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows that reside within Alberta may apply for the position.

• PhD in Aquatic Ecosystem Health
• An outstanding and externally well funded research program
• A track record of capacity-building, knowledge translation, and working collaboratively and effectively with government, academic and Indigenous partners, is an asset.
• Developing monitoring frameworks and regional, provincial and national monitoring programs
• Effectively collaborating with industry, governments and stakeholders including Indigenous communities and experts
• Leading aquatic scientist with international recognition
• Familiarity with aquatic monitoring systems internationally, nationally and provincially
• Familiarity with the policy and regulatory construct in Alberta and key science and knowledge gaps associated with regulatory and policy assurance
• Knowledge of the cumulative effects assessment practice in Canada and Alberta including in the oil sands region and under the Oil Sands Monitoring Program.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link(see full link below). Please be aware the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents such as publications):
• Cover letter, curriculum vitae and names and contact information of three (3) references
• Statement of research interests and a description of a proposed five (5) year research plan for the Chair

Application Deadline: April 15, 2019.

Questions about this position may be directed to: Marjorie Moreau

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