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Faculty Member, Bioinformatics (req4659)

The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority.

Location: Saskatoon
Status: Tenure Track
Employment Group: USFA
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Posted Date: 7/5/2019
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Applications are invited from qualified individuals for a tenure track position with the College of Arts and Science in the Department of Computer Science. The University of Saskatchewan, the College of Arts and Science and the Department of Computer Science are strongly committed to diversity. Applications from Indigenous persons and women are especially encouraged and will be given preference. The successful candidate will build a substantial, externally funded research program in Bioinformatics or Computational Biology, with an emphasis on the development of novel algorithms and software. While all aspects of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology will be considered, preference will be given to candidates with a strong record in the empirical evaluation of large heterogeneous datasets.

Applicants should prepare a research statement outlining their research accomplishments and proposed research area, and how their research fits within a department of Computer Science. This position is affiliated with the Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre ( Candidates should identify in their research statement how they would interact with research underway at P2IRC. As the current university vision emphasizes collaborative research, the successful candidate should identify how they will work with other faculty members in the department, units on campus, and external and academic partners, while maintaining an independent Bioinformatics research program.

The successful candidate will teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level, in both the Computer Science and Bioinformatics programs. Prospective candidates are encouraged to visit the departmental website ( for program details. A teaching dossier, comprised of a teaching philosophy statement, reflection on prior experience, and which courses the candidate could teach in the department must be included. In particular, the candidate should identify which of the required third year courses in the four-year Computer Science degree they are comfortable teaching (see Appendix).

The Department of Computer Science is the home of 27 faculty, 10 staff, and more than 150 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working in diverse areas of computer science.

The College of Arts & Science offers a dynamic combination of programs in the humanities and fine arts, the social sciences and the sciences. There are over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students in the College and 312 faculty, including 7 Canada Research Chairs. The College emphasizes student and faculty research, interdisciplinary programs, community outreach and international opportunities.

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis.  The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of over 24,000.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a PhD in Computer Science or related discipline from a reputable institution, be able to teach some of the listed third year courses in Computer Science (see Appendix), and have a research track record consistent with acquiring external funding from a competitive granting agency.

Salary Bands
Assistant Professor: $93,293 to $112,109; Associate Professor: $112,109 to $130,925; and Professor $130,925 to $152,877. The position is anticipated to be at the Assistant Professor level, but exceptional candidates at higher ranks may be considered.

This position includes a comprehensive benefits package which includes a dental, health and extended vision care plan; pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program.

How to Apply
Interested candidates must submit, via email, a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, a research statement; a teaching statement, and the contact information of at least three references to In addition to its usual content, the cover letter should clearly state the position the candidate is applying for, and the Canadian citizenship or immigration status of the applicant. We encourage all candidates to self-identify as a member of an equity group member (women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities) in their letter of application.

For additional information or questions, please contact

Kevin Stanley
Head, Department of Computer Science
110 Science Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK  S7N5C9
Telephone: (306) 966-4886

Due to federal immigration requirements, we also ask candidates to indicate whether they are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or are otherwise already authorized to work at this position for the duration of the appointment, with an explanation if this last category is indicated.

Review of applications will begin September 15, 2019; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled.  The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020. 

Appendix: List of Third year courses
Links to the program can be found at Students are required to take six of the seven third-year courses listed below.

CMPT 317: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
CMPT 332: Operating Systems Concepts
CMPT 340: Programming Language Paradigms
CMPT 353: Full Stack Web Programming
CMPT 360: Machines and Algorithms
CMPT 370: Intermediate Software Engineering
CMPT 381: Implementation of Graphical User Interfaces

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The University must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.