Saturday, June 27, 2020

The King's University: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Teaching

The King's University

Location: Alberta
Date posted: 2020-06-26
Advertised until: 2020-07-27
Faculty Position: Chemistry
Academic rank: Assistant Professor (tenure track). Highly qualified candidates will be considered at higher rank.
Starting Salary: $62,929 and up. The University provides generous benefits.
Deadline: Application review process starts Oct 1, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Preferred Starting Date: June 1, 2021

Institutional Requirements:
To be considered for appointment, the candidate must wholeheartedly endorse the Mission Statement and the Statement of Faith of the University (see http://www.kingsu.ca/about-us/). The successful candidate must demonstrate graduate level course work in the areas of teaching or related experience. A Ph.D. in chemistry is required. Candidates with post-doctoral experience are preferred.

Teaching Load: Four term courses or equivalent per year, including labs and seminars.

Particulars of the Position:
The successful candidate should be able to teach courses in two of physical, inorganic, or analytical chemistry along with introductory chemistry and a desire to develop courses at new interfaces with chemistry. She or he will be required to work closely with other faculty to deliver courses and contribute to the interdisciplinary learning environment. The successful candidate will be committed to a faith-based approach to teaching and learning in the discipline and is expected to develop a program of scholarship. The faculty at The King’s University are recognized for involving undergraduate students in their scholarship, with an expectation that faculty members will apply for external funding to support their research.

Appointment: Subject to budget approval.

The King’s University is a Christian liberal arts university offering three and four-year Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, a Bachelor of Commerce, a Bachelor of Music, and a two-year after-degree Bachelor of Education (Elementary and Secondary) accredited by the province of Alberta. The University is a member of Universities Canada and of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Faculty members at The King’s University are eligible for and are currently receiving Tri-Council funding. The faculty at The King’s University are recognized for involving undergraduate students in their scholarship, with some faculty members having obtained external funding.

Qualified candidates should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts and three letters of reference to:

Dr. Hank Bestman, Vice President Academic and Research
The King’s University (Located on Treaty 6 territory)
9125 - 50 Street Edmonton, Alberta T6B 2H3
Phone: (780) 465-3500, ext. 8047
Fax: (780) 465-3534
http://www.kingsu.ca
E-mail: hank.bestman@kingsu.ca

The King's University respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including members of visible minorities, Indigenous, First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Thompson Rivers University: Physical Sciences - Term Assistant Teaching Professor (Organic Chemistry)

The Department of Physical Sciences at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) invites applications for a 1-year Limited Term faculty position in Chemistry to commence Aug 1, 2020. TRU offers B.Sc. degrees with Canadian Society for Chemistry accredited Majors in Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry. TRU also offers an interdisciplinary Major in Chemical Biology. Successful candidates may teach a selection of first-year general chemistry courses and laboratories and/or second year organic chemistry laboratories. Successful candidates may also be responsible for Laboratory Coordination, Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Assistant supervision for first-year general Chemistry laboratories, as well as first-year Chemistry summer courses. Applicants should have a commitment to excellence in teaching undergraduate chemistry including familiarity with online teaching of lectures and blended delivery of labs.

https://tru.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/Posting/share/17686

Thompson Rivers University: Physical Sciences - Assistant Teaching Professor (Chemistry)

The Department of Physical Sciences at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) invites applications for a 1-year Limited Term faculty position in Chemistry to commence Aug 1, 2020. TRU offers B.Sc. degrees with Canadian Society for Chemistry accredited Majors in Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry. TRU also offers an interdisciplinary Major in Chemical Biology. Successful candidates may teach a selection of first-year general chemistry courses and laboratories and/or second year organic chemistry laboratories. Successful candidates may also be responsible for Laboratory Coordination, Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Assistant supervision for first-year general Chemistry laboratories, as well as first-year Chemistry summer courses. Applicants should have a commitment to excellence in teaching undergraduate chemistry including familiarity with online teaching of lectures and blended delivery of labs.

https://tru.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/Posting/share/17686

Monday, June 15, 2020

Queen’s University: Department of Art History and Art Conservation ADJUNCT TEACHING POSITION in ART CONSERVATION SCIENCE

ADJUNCT TEACHING POSITION in ART CONSERVATION  SCIENCE AVAILABLE Fall 2020

 

ARTC 802-Properties of Materials

 

ARTC 808-Instrumental Methods of Analysis

 

ARTC 898-Research Project

 

Department of Art History and Art Conservation Queen’s University, Kingston, ON CAN K7L 3N6

 

The Department of Art History & Art Conservation at Queen’s University invites applications from suitably qualified candidates interested in teaching a course in the following: Properties of Materials (ARTC 802*), Instrumental Methods of Analysis (ARTC 808*), Research Project (ARTC 898). These courses will be delivered remotely with an expected enrolment of 11 students.  Candidates should have a M.Sc. or Ph.D, and teaching experience in science or conservation science. This is a fall term appointment for the period 1 September 2020 to 31 December 2020, with classes in session from 14 September 2020 to 4 December 2020. Due to COVID-19 these courses will be offered remotely for the Fall Term.


The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during this process, please contact: Diane Platt, Administrative Assistant, at plattd@queensu.ca.

 

The academic staff at Queen's University are governed by the Collective Agreement between the Queen's University Faculty Association (QUFA) and the University, which is posted at http://www.queensu.ca/facultyrelations/faculty-librarians-and-archivists/queens-qufa-collective- agreement.

 

To comply with Federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information about how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship, however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.


Applications should include a complete and current curriculum vitae, contact details for two (2) referees, and any other relevant materials the candidate wishes to submit for consideration such as a letter of intent, teaching dossier, etc.  Please arrange to have applications and supporting letters sent directly to:

 

Dr. Norman Vorano, Head of the Department of Art History & Art Conservation, Queen’s University

Kingston Ontario Canada K7L 3N6

 

Applications will be received until July 1 2020, or until the position is filled.  Review of applications will commence shortly thereafter, and the final appointment is subject to budgetary approval.  Additional information about the Department of Art History and Art Conservation can be found at http://www.queensu.ca/art.

 

Course Description

 

ARTC-802* Properties of Materials This course discusses organic and inorganic materials important in conservation. Topics covered will include the chemical structure, properties, degradation processes, and conservation treatments of the different materials. Scientific principles that are encountered in conservation treatment will also be studied. Half course. A. Murray.

 

ARTC-808* Instrumental Methods of Analysis This course is designed to give an understanding of selected instrumental methods of analysis used in art conservation. Aspects covered include the fundamental principles underlying the techniques, the instrumentation, and the practical applications and limitations. The principles of colour and light will also be covered.  Half course; fall.

 

ARTC-898 Research Project Research will be carried out in consultation with and under the guidance of the instructor. Each student will conduct a research project and produce a written report. Students will need to obtain the instructor's permission to pursue research in an area relevant to the field of art conservation. The course will include oral presentations and formal reports. The fall term of this full year course will be taught remotely and focuses on the development of the project and research design.

 

Posted: 10 June 2020

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Training and EDI Philosophy and Practices: Christopher Rowley, Memorial University [@RowleyGroup]

Name: Christopher Rowley
Institution: Department of Chemistry, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Web: www.rowleygroup.net
Twitter: @RowleyGroup

What is your philosophy and plan for training students?

At the start of their programs, I have open conversations with students about their aspirations. Often, it’s not to have a career in science; many want to go to a professional school or get permanent residence in Canada as soon as possible. We work out a plan where our objectives are best aligned.

My core training strategy is to have one-on-one interaction with students consistently. I remain actively involved in their research to the point that I can understand their raw data and help with obstacles on a day-to-day basis. I interact with each student individually using Slack and weekly scheduled one-on-one meetings.

I place a high priority on publishing research work. The standard of peer review forces everyone to be very meticulous in our work and the process of writing the manuscript refines our thinking. It also builds confidence and helps students compete for awards and scholarships. We discuss plans for publication early in their project and then work out a plan about what we will need to accomplish before we publish our work.

In keeping with this, I make a serious effort to make sure my students graduate on schedule. All my MSc students have had their theses submitted and evaluated within 2 years of starting, which is rare now. Having the work peer-reviewed already makes the thesis writing process much easier to complete and control how long it will take.

What is your philosophy and plan for equity, diversity, and inclusion issues in the sciences?

I am most concerned about gender equity in the computational sciences. The emergence of artificial intelligence and robotized laboratories creates the risk that students with computer programming skills will have huge advantages in productivity and career prospects, so underrepresentation could have larger costs in the years to come. The biggest areas I’m working on are recruiting and retention.

Recruiting

Although computational chemistry has traditionally been male-dominated, about 50% of the grad and undergrad students in my lab have been women. This has never been an intentional strategy - I accepted the strongest students who were available, judged according to their past achievements. In part, this is because I often recruit exceptional students from my undergraduate physical chemistry class and the strongest performing students have usually been women. A direct invitation from a supervisor does a lot to make a student feel confident that they can work in that area.  I also supervised several Women in Science and Engineering Summer Students, who are high-school students who complete an internship in a research job. My first WISE student is completing her MSc in physical chemistry now.

Retention

The GARCIA working paper on the leaky pipeline found that concern about job prospects and unsupportive supervisors were leading reasons why women left careers in science. Being a responsible, attentive supervisor is the right thing to do in general, but it helps underrepresented students more because the fear of a poor career outcome and the toll of a bad supervisory relationship weighs more heavily. By having their work published reliably, graduating on time, and having a sane, responsible working relationship with me, I hope they can avoid some of the existentially terrifying moments of a career in science.

My darkest fear about underrepresentation in academia is that some of these students are just making a sensible objective judgement that the rewards aren’t worth the costs and risks. While we can address flagrant barriers that only exist for underrepresented groups, many of the biggest problems about career prospects, overwork, and toxicity affect everyone but the impact is felt disproportionately. Making academia a healthier environment for everyone is the best thing we can do.


Submit your plan and philosophy here.


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

University of Victoria: Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 2 in Quantum Computing for Modeling of Molecules and Materials

Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technologies CAMTEC - Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science and the Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technologies (CAMTEC) at the University of Victoria invite applications for a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 2 in “Quantum Computing for Modeling of Molecules and Materials”. The successful applicant will be nominated by the university for a CRC Tier 2 and upon approval by the CRC Secretariat, will then be offered a tenured or tenure-track appointment at the appropriate rank. Rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Preferably, the position will involve a formal cross-appointment in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy. 
Quantum computing is an exciting and fast-growing research area that is generating new approaches for the calculation and prediction of molecular and material properties. The province of British Columbia (BC) houses some of the most innovative quantum computing companies in the world and it has recently allocated funds for a new Quantum Algorithms Institute aimed at securing a steady flow of highly-trained personnel to support our Provincial industrial leadership in this area. The University of Victoria, through the Faculty of Science, CAMTEC and the Matrix Institute for Applied Data Science, provides an ideal environment to support the Provincial initiative by enabling a high-level research program in the application of quantum computational tools to solve relevant problems in chemistry, physics, materials science and nanotechnology.
Tier 2 CRC Chairs are one of Canada’s premier early-career recognition and recruitment programs, and are intended for exceptional emerging scholars. Candidates must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years after earning their highest degree at the time of nomination (expected nomination by April 2021). However, applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. Please contact the Strategic Research Initiatives Office at the University of Victoria for more information (sridirector@uvic.ca). Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/home-accueil-eng.aspx for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.

Requirements

The successful candidate will be an emerging world-class scholar who has demonstrated research productivity and potential to achieve international recognition within the next 5-10 years.  The appointee will be expected to establish an independent, creative, innovative, high-impact and externally-funded research program. The proposed research program should have the potential for national and international collaborations, including industrial partnerships, and should be complementary to the quantum computing activities at the University of Victoria and in BC. It is anticipated that the appointee will develop as an outstanding teacher and mentor of diverse undergraduate and graduate students, and has the potential to manage a healthy research environment that integrates diverse employees. A PhD degree in an area related to quantum computing or computational materials science is required.
Applicants should provide: a) a cover letter that states the primary and the secondary department for the potential cross-appointment; b) a curriculum vitae;  c) a concise research proposal (5 pages maximum - NSERC Discovery Grant format preferred);  d) a teaching statement, including  teaching interests and experience  (maximum 2 pages); e) an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) statement (maximum 1 page)  indicating previous experience with a diverse group of co-workers and collaborators, and a brief plan about future implementation of an inclusive environment in the research group; f) a brief (maximum 1 page) statement about the quantum computing ecosystem in BC and in Canada, indicating the potential for collaborations; g) names and contact information (addresses, email addresses and phone numbers) for four or more individuals able to act as references; and h) up to 4 publications that illustrate their most important past research contributions.

Additional information

Victoria is consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world and boasts a vibrant environment for advanced research, which includes close interactions between members of the Faculty of Science, CAMTEC, the MATRIX Institute and other provincial and national research centres. 
UVic offers a diverse research environment and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement (www.uvic.ca/vpacademic). Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association (www.uvicfa.ca).

Contact information

Application documents should be submitted electronically at https://academicjobsonline.org/ addressed to:
Dr. Alexandre G. Brolo
Director of the Centre for Advanced Materials & Related Technology
University of Victoria, PO Box 1700, Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2
You are asked to upload your application information to this service for our mutual convenience and the convenience of your referees.  Your data will be stored on servers located outside Canada and is not under the control of the University of Victoria. You may wish to review the privacy statement on https://academicjobsonline.org. If you do not wish to use this service, please email Sandra Carlson at dsecchem@uvic.ca for application instructions.

Application deadline

Applications will start to be considered after October 1st, 2020 to identify a suitable candidate who will be nominated for a CRC by April 2021.

Equity statement

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here: www.uvic.ca/equitystatement.
Applicants who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at FRrecruit@uvic.ca. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence. The University of Victoria acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and encourages applicants to explain these in their application.
We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Eric Keske hired at Trent University [@TrentU, @EricKeske]

Eric completed his B.Sc. at the University of Western Ontario, and then moved to Queen's University for his Ph.D. working with Professor Cathleen Crudden. His research was focused on the design and development of novel homogeneous catalysts for use in organic synthesis. During his Ph.D., Eric was awarded with multiple teaching awards and participated in a research exchange at the University of Waterloo working with Professor Eric Fillion in organic synthesis. Additionally, Eric was awarded the Dobbin Scholarship from the Ireland Canada University Federation (ICUF) which sent him to Dublin Ireland to work with Professor Martin Albrecht at University College Dublin.
In 2015, Eric was selected as one of the 45 international Reaxys Ph.D. Prize finalists, and was awarded an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, UK, working with Professor Guy Lloyd-Jones in mechanistic organic chemistry. On his return to Canada, Eric’s second postdoctoral fellowship was at the University of Toronto working with Professor Robert Morris designing bifunctional ligands for applications in catalytic hydrogenation. Eric will begin his appointment at Trent University in July and begin a research program dedicated to homogeneous catalysis and the development of synthetic methods for conjugated organic materials.

Google Scholar: https://bit.ly/2IxIMXT 
Twitter: @EricKeske