Only a few days left to apply to the TT position in evolutionary/comparative biomechanics at the University of Calgary!

The Dept. of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary is hiring a tenure-track asst. professor position in evolutionary/comparative animal biomechanics. Link goes to the ad. The application deadline is Mar. 18.

If you think you might want this job, you should totally apply! Here’s why:

  • We are taking non-Canadian applicants seriously. I, and several other faculty in my department, are living proof that Calgary does hire non-Canadians. Don’t take yourself out of the running by not bothering to apply because you assume, incorrectly, that it wouldn’t be worth your time because you’re not Canadian.
  • You’ll be able to get research funding. Federal funding for basic research is much easier to get in Canada than in the US or most other countries, which makes it much easier to set up and sustain a long-term research program without having to constantly chase money.
  • Calgary is a great place to do comparative/evolutionary biomechanics. We’re a big public research university. And between the biological sciences department, the geosciences dept., the strong primatology group in Anthropology, the Kinesiology faculty, the medical school, the vet school, and the Royal Tyrell Museum 90 min. drive away, you can’t throw a rock around here without hitting an evolutionary biologist, a vertebrate paleontologist, someone working on human biomechanics, or someone else whose research interests overlap yours.
  • Canadian health care! Plus, the University of Calgary offers good extended health benefits that cover additional stuff on top of what the government covers.
  • Canadian faculty positions are 12 month positions. None of that US summer salary nonsense here.
  • The Canadian Rockies. They’re a 45 min. drive from the university. Here’s what they look like. Don’t you want to ski and hike and bike and camp and climb rocks and fish and raft and snowshoe and stuff?
  • Calgary is a nice, affordable city. Housing in Calgary isn’t nearly as expensive as in Toronto or Vancouver. You’ll be able to buy a house as an asst. prof.

A bit of broader advice for anyone thinking of applying, but worrying that they might not be “competitive”. Remember that you can’t estimate in advance how likely you are to be interviewed for any given faculty position. That’s in part because recently-hired TT faculty in ecology and allied fields vary hugely on any measurable dimension you care to name, even among recent hires into the same department. The only good predictor of the number of interviews you’ll get is the number of positions you apply for. Remember as well that faculty job seekers (and faculty themselves!) tend to greatly overestimate how many papers a typical new hire has, and how many it takes to be competitive. Finally, you have no idea who else will apply (and neither does anyone else, because the application deadline hasn’t passed yet!). Don’t fall into the trap of taking yourself out of the running by convincing yourself you wouldn’t be competitive.

If you have any general questions about the department, university, city, or Canada that aren’t specific to this position, I’m happy to answer them. Inquiries about the position should go to Doug Storey, our Head of Department, headbio@ucalgary.ca.

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