Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in the area of Chemical Lipidomics

Calgary (City), Alberta (CA)
To be discussed
October 18 2019
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Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in the area of Chemical Lipidomics

The Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary invites applications for a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in the area of Chemical Lipidomics. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or in exceptional cases as an Associate Professor (with tenure) and will be nominated for an NSERC Tier II Canada Research Chair. The candidate’s program is expected to combine recent advances in analytical technology and big biological data analysis via biochemical techniques, including high-resolution mass spectrometry to radically expand the practical scope of Lipidomics analyses of the complex molecular phenotypes that contribute to health or disease. The anticipated start date for the position is September 1st, 2020.

Eligibility criteria

Tier II Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Candidates who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree and who have had career breaks, such as maternity, or extended leaves, clinical training, etc., may have their eligibility for a Tier II Chair assessed through the program’s Tier II justification process. Please contact University of Calgary’s Office of Research Services for more information:

Further information about the Canada Research Chairs Program can be found on the Government of Canada’s CRC website, including eligibility criteria: and .

The Role and Expected Duties

The Chair will establish an active research program that focuses on the molecular roles that lipids play in biology. Research questions investigated by the candidate may include (but not limited to) time- and stressor-dependent perturbations in the lipidomes related to cell-cell signaling, role of lipids in promoting or resolving inflammation, microbial lipidomics, whole-body energy regulation, the lipid underpinnings of metabolic disease, and unpacking the role lipids play in ageing and tumorigenesis. Additional foci may include the complex lipid changes induced by viral infections and the impacts xenobiotics on lipid and hormonal metabolism. The proposed CRC will develop the Lipidomics platform necessary to investigate the emerging areas of biology.

The proposed position will build on the existing UCalgary strengths in metabolomics, proteomics, and peptidomics. This new CRC-based program will work closely with the Calgary Metabolomics Research Facility (CMRF), one of Canada’s largest mass spectrometry facilities for small molecules, and will interface with the existing suite of structural biology, physical chemistry, and wet laboratory facilities housed in the Department of Biological Sciences building. The CRC will advance institutional leadership in the analysis of big data and augment our existing excellence in the biomolecular computing through the Centre for Molecular Simulation (CMS). The CRC in Chemical Lipidomics will provide a cross-disciplinary bridge for the already existing programs in Biochemistry (BCEM), Cell, Microbial and Molecular Biology (BCEM), Nanotechnology/Material Chemistry and Biological/Medicinal Chemistry programs in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry. The Chair will have unique opportunities to interact with leading researchers in health sciences, structural biology, microscopy, structural proteomics and technology development.

The long-term goal for the CRC chair is to develop a vibrant and internationally recognized research program in alignment with institutional and the Faculty of Science strategic research plans. More specifically, the CRC chair position fits within the institutional research priorities in “Engineering Solutions for Health” and “Infection, Immunity, and Chronic Diseases” and the Faculty of Science grand challenge in the “Personalized Health at the Molecular Level.” The successful candidate will possess the attributes and desire to lead research initiatives within strategic interdisciplinary themes at the University of Calgary, to build on current strengths, to develop strategy for future growth and promote program development combined with both student engagement and experience. Additionally, the Chair will play an important role in teaching and research supervision of students in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry undergraduate and graduate programs. Service to the Department, Faculty, University, and Community is also expected.

The University of Calgary is Canada’s a young and ambitious comprehensive research institution. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The student body includes 25,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students enrolled across 100 different undergraduate, graduate or professional degree programs. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

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The University of Calgary requires the successful candidate will have a PhD or equivalent science degree in chemistry (analytical or physical), biochemistry, cellular or molecular biology, and relevant post-doctoral experience.

The successful candidate at the Assistant Professor level must demonstrate evidence of a track record of publications in high quality journals, prior experience in working with external research funding programs including peer-reviewed post-doctoral fellowships programs, and effectiveness in teaching at the University level.

The successful candidate at the Associate Professor level must demonstrate evidence of a strong track record of publications in high quality journals, evidence of securing ongoing external research funding, effectiveness in teaching at the University level, and evidence of effective graduate student supervision.

How to Apply

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online via the 'Apply Now' link via the University of Calgary career’s website 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, including the name and contact information of three  referees
  • Statement of research interests
  • Statement of teaching philosophy/teaching dossier
  • Statement on equity, diversity and inclusion

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Questions may be addressed to:

Sergei Noskov, Professor and Associate Head (Research)

Department of Biological Sciences


Applications are accepted until November 18, 2019.

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 four designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities) to apply. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however in appropriate circumstances, preference in hiring may be accorded to candidates from the groups noted above.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding diversity or requests for accommodation can be sent to Human Resources (

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.