The University of Alberta invites applications for the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Glycomics. Established in 2008 by the Government of Canada, the CERC program supports world-renowned researchers and their teams to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. The successful candidate will receive up to $20M over seven years to support an internationally-leading research program.

The appointment will be in the Faculty of Science’s Department of Chemistry, which has 34 research faculty and 230 graduate students, supported by excellent services, including X-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, and high-field NMR laboratories.  Excellent electronic, machine, and glassblowing shops, and a biological services laboratory are other key components of departmental infrastructure.

The Chair is expected take a leadership role in continuing the long tradition of excellence that the University of Alberta has established in glycomics/glycoscience. The Chair will also become a member of the Alberta Glycomics Centre (, which comprises 11 Principal and Associate investigators who collaborate on interdisciplinary projects that seek to understand the role of complex carbohydrates in life processes. One aspect of the funding places emphasis on practical outcomes of Centre-funded research, which targets new bioactive carbohydrate derivatives as potential therapeutics and transfer of intellectual property.  In addition, the Chair will have the opportunity to join the Canadian Glycomics Network (, a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence with a mission of identifying novel solutions to unmet medical needs through glycomics. 

Position requirements include:

• A PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, or an aligned field

• An exceptional internationally-recognized research program directed towards the role of complex carbohydrates in biological processes as applied to mammalian systems. Demonstration of international recognition must include a sustained record of high impact publications, presentations at international meetings and research awards

• A proven track record of excellence in teaching, mentoring, research training, outreach, professional service, and a demonstrated commitment to supporting the involvement of diverse groups in research

The appointment will be at the Full Professor level and the salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Interested applicants should provide: 1) a complete curriculum vitae; 2) a maximum three-page description of current and future research; 3) a maximum two-page summary of contributions to outreach; professional service and their philosophy on involving diverse groups in research; and 4) the names and contact information of five referees. As the University of Alberta and the CERC program are committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, we ask applicants to complete the self-identification questionnaire:

The recruitment and nomination process involves open advertising with a statement of commitment to equity in the nomination and appointment process.  

The position will remain open until filled; however, review of applications will commence on March 7, 2018. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by that date.

Applications must be submitted to: