Assistant/Associate Professor and WGRF Chair in Cropping Systems

University of Alberta



The Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science (AFNS) at the University of Alberta is inviting applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the Assistant/Associate Professor level in the area of Cropping Systems that is supported by the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF). The focus of this position is to develop landscape and farm-level management systems that optimize agricultural land yield, quality, and ongoing input costs, while simultaneously improving environmental health and agricultural sustainability. This could include the role of novel rotations using more diverse annual and perennial crop choices. Ultimately, this research will link crop productivity, water and fertilizer use efficiency, manure management, and detection and control of weeds, insects and diseases, with other environmental benefits, such as carbon storage in soils and/or the dynamics of greenhouse gases (N2O and CH4), in a systems approach. The candidate will be expected to develop a strong collaborative research program in the Division of Plant BioSystems within the Department of AFNS and Faculty of ALES, and play a leadership role in promoting Alberta’s diverse bio-based economy. Alberta has a vibrant field crop industry generating about $6B annually at the farm gate. The successful candidate will provide scientific direction and coordination of a program aimed at delivering plant-based agricultural products into value-added production chains, thereby bolstering
the value of these crops. 

The University of Alberta, one of Canada’s premier research institutions, offers an excellent research environment encompassing state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, including laboratory and field equipment dedicated to the position, plant growth facilities (field facilities at South Campus Edmonton and the St. Albert Research Stations, and greenhouse and growth chamber facilities at the Ag-Forestry Research Centre), a comprehensive range of analytical research labs, leading-edge food safety and processing laboratories at Agri-Food Discovery Place, the Agricultural Genomics and Proteomics Unit, and the Human Nutrition Research Unit.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in one or more appropriate disciplines, such as Agronomy, Crop Science, Applied Plant Science, Agro-Ecology, or closely related fields.  We are seeking an individual with an outstanding record of research accomplishments, a vibrant and growing research program, acknowledgement by peers as an emerging leader in their discipline, and a sound understanding of contemporary cropping systems. The candidate will have the vision and proven talent essential to build a successful collaborative research program that crosses institutional and disciplinary boundaries. The candidate will be expected to teach at all levels of the curriculum, from undergraduate to graduate level courses, and take on graduate supervision and other supervisory and administrative committee work. 

The successful candidate's proposed research program should conform to the University’s vision and "cornerstones" outlined in the UofA institutional plan “For the Public Good” document (

Candidates should submit a letter of application outlining the proposed program of research, a statement of research interest, curriculum vitae, sample publications (20 page maximum), the names of at least 3 referees, and teaching dossier with evaluations of teaching performance. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online. The position will remain open until filled; however, review of applications will commence on June 1, 2019.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protestion Act (R203(3)(e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in the cover letter of your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

For further information on this position, or the department, please contact the Chair by email at or visit our website at

With more than 36,000 students and 12,000 staff, the University of Alberta ( grants almost 7,500 degrees annually to graduates of 200 undergraduate and 170 graduate programs. A research, medical-doctoral, multi-campus institution, the University of Alberta offers a full range of academic and professional programs.

The Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES) is a science-based faculty that is uniquely positioned. Our professors and students draw from the natural sciences, the social sciences and the arts and humanities to seek comprehensive solutions to some of the key challenges our province, country and world face today. ALES was founded in 1915 and has a long and rich history, tracing back to one of the oldest Faculties and earliest Departments at the University of Alberta. Teaching, research and community engagement
within the Faculty are focused on healthy human environments; the sustainability of land, forests and water; the biological, economic, social and technological underpinnings of the bio-products industry; and global food systems.

The Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science (AFNS) at the University of Alberta, is a vibrant, collegial and unique department, the first of its kind in North America. AFNS has a mission of serving the community through excellence in teaching and research in efficient and sustainable agricultural production, value added processing, food safety and human health to promote the health and quality of life.  AFNS administers a budget of about $ 38 million, including approximately $24 million in research and trust funds.

The department now has a total of 66 academic staff (including secondments); over 100 Research Associates, PDFs, Adjunct professors, and visiting scientists; 350 administrative/technical and Support staff. There are approximately 250 graduate students, and over 850 undergraduate students enrolled in the BSc in Agriculture, Animal Health, Nutrition & Food Science degree programs, administered at the Faculty level. 

Greater Edmonton, with nearly one million residents in the city and surrounding communities, is a beautiful city straddling a spectacular river valley park system. It is the capital of Alberta, with the lowest provincial tax regime in the country, and has led the nation in economic growth in the past five years. Edmonton is known as Canada’s Festival City, with more than thirty major annual festivals celebrating its rich cultural diversity and community spirit. It has all the attractions of a big city, yet it is clean, safe, and livable, with excellent schools and health care. Edmonton is located only a few hours from Banff and Jasper National Parks, which offer skiing in winter and excellent hiking and sightseeing in summer (

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