Tenure-track asst. professor position in evolutionary/comparative biomechanics at the University of Calgary

The Dept. of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary is searching for a tenure-track assistant professor in evolutionary/comparative biomechanics, with an anticipated start date of Sept. 1, 2020. Here’s the ad.

This is the same position that was advertised last winter; it was offered but in the end wasn’t filled.

Here’s a bit of context and encouragement, especially for our many non-Canadian readers, some of whom hopefully fit this position and will apply:

  • If you’re interested in this position and think you might fit the ad, you should definitely apply. Yes, like the ad says, we are legally obliged to give preference to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. But I, and several other faculty in my department, are living proof that we do hire non-Canadians. I was a US citizen living in the UK at the time I was hired. So 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.
  • 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.
  • Canadian health care! (I almost feel like that’s all I should have to say to spark a deluge of applications from Americans…) 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
  • 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 Faculty of Engineering, the strong primatology group in Anthropology, the Faculty of Kinesiology, the medical school, the vet school, the Royal Tyrell Museum 90 min. drive away, and Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island (which UCalgary helps run), 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.
  • It’s very important to us that the successful candidate be able to teach comparative vertebrate anatomy at the undergraduate level. So if your research and training focuses on invertebrates, you need to explain why you’d be able to teach the vertebrate courses the successful candidate will be expected to teach. (EDIT: note that we won’t necessarily expect the successful candidate to teach the entire comparative vertebrate anatomy course right out of the gate. You might be able to team-teach it with someone who’s taught it before, for instance.)
  • Calgary is a safe, growing, diverse city of about 1.3 million people. It’s located 45 min. drive from the Canadian Rockies with all the opportunities for recreation that implies. Here’s what they look like; click that link and tell me you don’t want to live here. 🙂
  • If you have any 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.
  • In case anyone was wondering, the ad is posting now, and has a fairly short deadline (Mar. 18, 2020), because of when the search was approved.

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. Don’t fall into the trap of taking yourself out of the running by convincing yourself you wouldn’t be competitive. If you think you could do the job and might take it if offered, apply!

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