Applications are invited from emerging leaders in the area of Basin Dynamics, for a Tier II Canada Research Chair position at the University of Calgary. As part of the university’s strategic focus on Energy and Environment, the incumbent will join a world-class team of scholars in sedimentology, tectonics, petroleum geoscience, geochemistry and geophysics as well as research scientists at Natural Resources Canada (Geological Survey of Canada) who are involved in Arctic Basins research. The chair will be based in the Department of Geoscience and will be part of the Calgary Geoscience Research Centre, recently established in partnership with the Geological Survey of Canada. The successful applicant is expected to develop a first-class research program that exploits geological and geophysical advances to investigate the tectonic evolution and dynamics of sedimentary basins of northern and Arctic Canada, neighbouring Alaska and Greenland as well as other circum-arctic basins such as those in Siberia and the Barents Sea. These vast and resource-rich sedimentary basins are of strategic national importance and represent remarkable natural laboratories for applied and theoretical research, as well as for training a new generation of northern and Arctic experts.

The chair holder will have access to a wealth of legacy data acquired during the 1970s and 1980s in the many basins of Canada's Arctic (e.g. Beaufort Mackenzie, Sverdrup Basin, Yukon basins, etc.). Working in partnership with industry, government and academia, the successful applicant will provide leadership in a variety of initiatives to acquire new onshore and offshore data in order to develop a broad understanding of the origins, evolution and architecture of the many sedimentary basins of the North and the Arctic. A multidisciplinary approach that combines analysis of geological and geophysical data will enable the chair to develop integrated multi-scale models of basin development. The chair holder is expected to build a dynamic research team that includes graduate students (M.Sc. and Ph.D.), post-doctoral fellows, as well as fellow professors and researchers in the Department of Geoscience and at the Geological Survey of Canada. An important element of the research will be geodynamic models and interpretations that link tectono-stratigraphic events in Canadian basins with contemporaneous global tectonic events. A broad and far-reaching geological and geophysical expertise will be considered an asset for this position. This is a tenure track Associate Professor position conditional on a successful CRC application.

Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, statement of teaching interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, five recent publications as well as the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of at least three referees. Consideration of applicants will begin on December 17, 2010.

Applications should be sent to:
Dr. David Eaton, Head, Department of Geoscience
University of Calgary,
2500 University Drive, N.W.
Calgary, AB  T2N 1N4
Fax: (403) 284-0074

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Calgary respects, appreciates and encourages diversity.

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Thursday April 28, 2011