Tuesday, October 20, 2020

University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus: Head of Chemsitry

 Head of Chemistry – Associate or Full Professor Competition

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, invites applications for the position of Head of Chemistry effective July 1, 2021.

UBC Okanagan offers a world-class, globally recognized degree at a smaller and more intimate campus. Chemistry https://chemistry.ok.ubc.ca/ is one of four administrative units and 7 departments within the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science. Fifteen Chemistry faculty are actively engaged in mentoring >940 undergraduate and graduate students. More than $15 million in research funding has supported >355 chemistry research projects since 2005. Undergraduate programs include majors and minors in Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Biochemistry. Two graduate programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology  attract dynamic graduate students into our community.  Research in the Chemistry department spans many traditional and emerging disciplines of chemistry and biochemistry, with noteworthy focus on chemical biology and biophysics, catalysis, natural products, metabolomics, computational chemistry, and biochemical structure and mechanism. The newly recruited Head will join Chemistry at an exciting time. The Department’s next phase is to firmly establish itself as a national leader in Chemistry education and increase its international research stature.  The Head will have the opportunity to shape the Department of Chemistry and strengthen its position into the next decade.

The Head’s position is a faculty appointment, typically at the Full Professor level.  We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated excellence in research, teaching, leadership and administration skills, with proven ability to lead and motivate faculty, staff, and students.  Field of research specialization can be related to any area of Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, or Biochemistry. The position is open to applicants of all chemistry sub-disciplines. Individuals with research interests related to machine learning approaches to Chemistry, green energy initiatives, environmental and sustainable chemistry are encouraged to apply. Desirable attributes include a strong record of published research and external funding, undergraduate and graduate education, mentorship, and leadership experience. Evidence of strong commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is required.

The Head will provide administrative, intellectual, and academic leadership of the Unit and will serve on the Faculty’s Leadership Team.  Responsibilities of the Head include overseeing the overall operation of the Chemistry department including mentoring and advocating for faculty and staff within the Faculty and the University. Direct experience with managing reappointment, tenure and promotion processes and familiarity with budget processes are considered assets.  As a faculty member of the Unit, the Head will be expected to maintain an active research program in their chosen field, to supervise graduate students, and otherwise contribute to the Unit’s teaching programs. The Head position will be available July 1, 2021 with a five-year renewable term.  The Head reports directly to the Dean of Science.

At UBC’s Okanagan campus we embrace bold new ways of thinking. We welcome and celebrate people with passion, who need to make a difference. With 9,643 undergraduates and 1,065 graduate students, UBC Okanagan has grown to be a diverse and vibrant part of the Okanagan community.  Kelowna is connected by direct flights to major Canadian and USA cities and the region is considered one of the most desirable regions to live in Canada. For more information about the Okanagan Campus, see https://ok.ubc.ca. For more information about the Faculty of Science, see https://science.ok.ubc.ca.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

University of British Columbia: Biological Chemistry/Chemical Biology

 The Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia (www.chem.ubc.ca) is seeking an outstanding new investigator for a full-time tenure-track faculty position, at the rank of Assistant Professor, at its Vancouver campus.  With over 60 faculty, over 230 graduate students and 60 dedicated staff members, UBC Chemistry is one of the world’s top Departments, boasting outstanding research infrastructure, well-equipped shops and services and an unparalleled location on Canada’s beautiful west coast. 

We are seeking candidates of exceptional scientific talent who have demonstrated success in the field of Biological Chemistry/Chemical Biology.  Research programs in the areas of organic, inorganic, physical, theoretical, analytical, and materials chemistry that have strong relevance to the understanding and manipulation of biological systems will all be considered.

The position requires a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or a related discipline and an outstanding research track record.  Relevant postdoctoral experience is highly desirable. The successful candidate will develop and maintain an internationally recognized research program.  As a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, the successful applicant will be expected to effectively supervise graduate students, collaborate with other faculty members, obtain external funding, teach undergraduate and graduate Chemistry courses, and actively participate in departmental activities. Leading candidates will complement and strengthen the Department and University’s expertise in research and education.

The successful candidate will be eligible to hold an appointment at the Assistant Professor level but a higher rank may be considered for applicants with exceptional qualifications and experience. 

The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority.  Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada.

Applicants should upload a cover letter including a summary of research interests and fit to the position, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a detailed research proposal, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and a statement describing your experience working with a diverse student body, as well as your past, present, and/or future contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion on campus or within your discipline. 

Applicants should also provide contact information for three reference letter writers.


                                                 Apply here: https://xenon.chem.ubc.ca/chempostings/index.php/Applicant

Review of completed applications will begin on January 8th, 2021

Please contact:  chemsearch@chem.ubc.ca for general inquiries. 


Application packages are not accepted via email.


Saturday, October 3, 2020

Dalhousie University: Biological Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry invites applications for appointment to a tenure-stream Assistant Professor position from outstanding candidates with expertise in Biological Chemistry, especially candidates with interests that complement the strengths of our department (https://www.dal.ca/faculty/science/chemistry/research.html). This position is part of the Dalhousie Academic Renewal Incentive Program and is restricted to candidates who self-identify as a member of one or more equity-seeking groups. (See below.)

The position requires a PhD degree, postdoctoral experience and an exceptional research track record. This appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate classes in chemistry and to develop vigorous and creative research programs with external funding. The anticipated start date is July 2021 or as negotiated. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted via PeopleAdmin and should consist of:

  • a cover letter;
  • a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications;
  • a detailed research proposal (5 pages maximum including executive summary), plus one-page statement of how the proposed research aligns with the Dalhousie University Strategic Research Plan (https://www.dal.ca/research/SignatureResearchClusters.html);
  • a statement of teaching interests and experience; and
  • the names and email addresses of at least three referees.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. In keeping with the principles of employment equity, this position is restricted to candidates who self-identify in one or more of the following groups: Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, and persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity. (See https://www.dal.ca/becounted/selfid
for definitions of these groups.) All such qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Dalhousie also recognizes the need to accommodate candidates to ensure their full, fair, and equitable participation in the hiring process. Our complete Accommodation Policy can be viewed online at: https://www.dal.ca/policies. For further information regarding this position, or to request accommodation at any stage of the hiring process, please email chmchair@dal.ca.


Saturday, September 26, 2020

Université d’Ottawa: Chimie et sciences biomoléculaires - Chaire de recherche du Canada de niveau 1 (matériaux verts)

 L’Université d’Ottawa sollicite des candidatures pour un poste de titulaire de Chaire de recherche du Canada (CRC) de niveau 1 sur les matériaux verts. La personne retenue occupera un poste menant à la permanence à la Faculté des sciences. Les candidats et les candidates doivent mettre en place un programme de recherche solide, financé par des fonds externes, et collaboratif dans le domaine de la chimie des matériaux et/ou des matériaux verts. Ce programme viendra compléter l'expertise existante du Département de chimie et des sciences biomoléculaires. Le ou la titulaire de la chaire établira des collaborations productives avec d'autres chimistes qui travaillent à développer des approches innovantes pour aborder des réactions et des transformations chimiques traditionnellement difficiles ou peu respectueuses de l'environnement. La personne retenue aura accès aux installations de base de classe mondiale en RMN, spectrométrie de masse et cristallographie aux rayons X dans la Faculté des sciences, aux installations de caractérisation des matériaux et de biocatalyse qui font partie du Centre de recherche et d'innovation en catalyse, ainsi qu'à un large éventail d'infrastructures de microscopie et d'analyse qui font partie du Centre de recherche sur les matériaux de pointe (CAMaR) 

L'Université d'Ottawa est engagée à assurer l'équité, la diversité et l'inclusion dans les environnements de recherche et de leadership de nos étudiants et nos étudiantes, de notre personnel et de notre corps professoral. Par conséquent, nous encourageons fortement les candidatures des membres des quatre groupes désignés tels que les Autochtones, les minorités visibles, les personnes en situation de handicap et les femmes, telles que définies dans la Loi sur l’équité en matière d’emploi, ainsi que toutes les personnes qualifiées possédant les compétences et les connaissances requises pour dialoguer de manière productive au sein de communautés équitables, diversifiées et inclusives.

Les chaires de niveau 1, renouvelables une seule fois après sept ans, sont attribuées à des chercheurs exceptionnels reconnus ou des chercheuses exceptionnelles reconnues par leurs pairs comme des chefs de file mondiaux dans leur domaine. Pour chaque chaire de niveau 1, l’établissement reçoit 200 000 $ par année pendant sept ans.

Les candidats ou candidates à une chaire de niveau 1 doivent être des professeurs ou des professeures titulaires ou des professeurs agrégés ou des professeures agrégées dont on s'attend à ce qu'ils ou elles deviennent des professeurs ou des professeures titulaires dans l'année ou dans les deux ans suivant la mise en candidature. S'ils sont issus ou elles sont issues d'un autre secteur que le secteur universitaire, les candidats ou les candidates doivent posséder les qualifications nécessaires pour pouvoir être nommés à ces niveaux.

L'Université reconnaît l'incidence légitime que les congés (par exemple, un congé parental ou un congé de maladie) peuvent avoir sur les réalisations d'un ou une candidate en matière de recherche. Ces congés seront pris en considération dans le processus de sélection. Les personnes nouvellement sélectionnées pour une CRC peuvent également recevoir un financement d'infrastructure de la Fondation canadienne pour l'innovation (FCI), pour les aider à acheter l'équipement de pointe dont ils ou elles ont besoin pour effectuer leurs travaux.

Compétences requises :

Un doctorat en chimie ou dans une discipline connexe. Avoir fait preuve de réalisations exceptionnelles en matière de recherche indépendante dans le domaine de la chimie des matériaux et/ou des matériaux verts. Démontrer un engagement continu envers l'enseignement et la formation d’étudiants et d’étudiantes aux cycles supérieurs, un solide dossier de financement externe et une solide expérience et engagement pour les collaborations interdisciplinaires. Le ou la candidate doit démontrer d’excellentes aptitudes pour la communication orale et écrite en anglais ou en français. Une connaissance passive de l’autre langue officielle serait un atout.

Rang et salaire:

Poste professoral régulier menant à la permanence au rang de professeur titulaire à la Faculté des sciences. Ce poste est régi par une convention collective entre l’Université d’Ottawa et l’Association des professeurs de l’Université d’Ottawa.

Dossier de candidature:

  • une lettre de présentation;
  • un curriculum vitæ à jour; (veuillez inclure les interruptions de carrière, telles que des congés parentaux ou de maladie, qui peuvent avoir eu une incidence sur votre dossier de recherche. Celles-ci seront prises en considération dans le processus de sélection);
  • un plan de recherche détaillé (maximum 5 pages);
  • une déclaration sur la philosophie et les pratiques en matière d'équité, de diversité et d'inclusion (1 page) ;
  • une description des champs d’intérêt en enseignement (1 à 2 pages); et
  • les noms de trois personnes qui pourraient être contactées par l’Université pour des lettres de recommandation qui suivront le format demandé dans les directives du programme des Chaires de recherche du Canada (e.g., trois lettres de répondants qui ne sont pas en conflit d’intérêt, dont au moins un à l’international);
  • Formulaire d’auto-identification: L'Université d'Ottawa est engagée à assurer l'équité, la diversité et l'inclusion dans les environnements de recherche et de leadership de nos étudiants et nos étudiantes, de notre personnel et de notre corps professoral. Nous encourageons tous les candidats et candidates à remplir le formulaire suivant: https://research.uottawa.ca/sites/research.uottawa.ca/files/crc_formulaire_auto-identification_cvrr.pdf.

No. de l’affichage : 20048-CRC

Date limite: le 26 octobre 2020

Le processus de sélection débutera en octobre et se poursuivra jusqu’à la dotation du poste. Nous ne communiquerons qu’avec les personnes sélectionnées pour une entrevue. Prière d’envoyer le dossier de candidature à l’adresse suivante ou par courriel à :

Monsieur Sylvain Charbonneau, vice-recteur à la recherche
Université d’Ottawa
550, rue Cumberland, pièce 246
Ottawa ON  K1N 6N5 CANADA

Si vous êtes invité à poursuivre les étapes du processus de sélection, veuillez nous aviser de tout besoin nécessitant des mesures d’adaptations particulières en communiquant avec le Cabinet du vice-provost aux affaires professorales au 613-562-5958. Le Programme des chaires de recherche du Canada n’impose aucune restriction en ce qui concerne la nationalité ou le pays de résidence des candidats ou des candidates. Les procédures qui permettent aux titulaires de chaire non canadiens de travailler au Canada ont été établies par Emploi et Développement social Canada et par Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada.

L’Université d’Ottawa est fière de sa tradition de bilinguisme, vieille de plus de 160 ans. Par l’entremise de l’Institut des langues officielles et du bilinguisme, l’Université offre aux membres de son personnel et à leurs conjoints ou conjointes de la formation dans la langue officielle qu’ils maîtrisent le moins. Au moment d’obtenir leur permanence, les professeures et professeurs devraient être capables de fonctionner dans un milieu bilingue. Dans certains cas, la capacité d’enseigner dans les deux langues officielles est une condition d’obtention de la permanence.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Christopher Rowley Hired by Carleton University

Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Rowley, who has been hired as an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Carleton University. Dr. Rowley completed his B.Sc. at Carleton in 2004, then completed a Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa. He held an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Chicago under the supervision of Professor Benoit Roux. He began his independent career as an Assistant Professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2012. He has published extensively on the development of new computational methods, models for the covalent modification of proteins, membrane permeation, and reaction mechanisms. He has served as a member of the Compute Canada Resource Allocation Committee, the National Academies of Sciences Panel Allocation of Supercomputing Time for the Study of Molecular Dynamics, work has been recognized by the ACS OpenEye Young Investigator Award and the MGMS Frank Blaney Award.



Thursday, September 17, 2020

University of Ottawa: Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the Interface of Chemistry and Mathematics

 The University of Ottawa invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the Interface of Chemistry and Mathematics. The selected candidate will hold a tenure-track faculty position in the Faculty of Science. Applicants must have a PhD in Chemistry, Mathematics or a closely related field and have a demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a strong, externally funded, and collaborative research program in the broadly defined area of artificial intelligence, that complements the existing expertise of the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences and of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. This candidate will be a member of both departments and will contribute to teaching and service in both departments. The candidate will work to develop and apply modern AI methods to dissect chemical information and solve important chemistry problems, will establish productive collaborations with chemists who generate data, and will collaborate with mathematicians to further the development of novel analytical tools and methods.

Preferential Hiring: The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from members of the four designated groups such as Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and women, as defined in the Employment Equity Act, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. Candidates from diverse training backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including those from academia, industry, and government. As part of this preferential hiring process, applications from members of the four designated groups will be prioritized and assessed first for the vacancy. Candidates who wish to qualify for preferential consideration are asked to fill the following self-identification form: https://research.uottawa.ca/sites/research.uottawa.ca/files/crc_self-identification_questionnaire_ovpr.pdf.

The purpose of this measure is to increase the representation of members of the four designated groups in the allocation of Canada Research Chair positions.

Tier 2 Chairs, tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. For each Tier 2 Chair, the institution receives $100,000 annually for five years, with an additional $20,000 annual research stipend for first-term Tier 2 Chairs.

Candidates should, at a minimum, be assistant or associate professors, or possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed to these levels. Candidates who are more than 10 years from their highest degree must contact the University of Ottawa directly for questions related to their potential eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair. The institution may nominate a professor or a researcher who is more than 10 years from their highest degree at the time of nomination and has experienced legitimate career interruptions (see acceptable justifications). In such cases, the institution must submit to the Secretariat a formal justification (using the Tier 2 Justification Screening Form), explaining why the nominee is still considered to be an emerging scholar. The University recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., parental leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and that these leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process. New CRC nominees are also eligible for infrastructure support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to help acquire state-of-the-art equipment essential to their work.

Required qualifications: PhD in Chemistry, Mathematics, or a related discipline. Postdoctoral experience is mandatory. A demonstrated excellent research track record in artificial intelligence. A commitment to teaching and graduate training, a strong track record in and a commitment to interdisciplinary collaborations, and the ability to obtain external research funds. The candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills in either English or French. A passive knowledge of the other official language would be an asset.

Rank and salary: Regular tenure-track academic appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Science. Applications for higher ranks will also be considered. This position is governed by a collective agreement between the University of Ottawa and the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa.

Application Package:

  • A cover letter;
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (please include career interruptions such as parental or sick leaves that may have impacted your record of research. These will be taken into consideration in the selection process);
  • A detailed research plan demonstrating a strong commitment to research excellence (5 pages maximum);
  • A statement on equity, diversity, and inclusion philosophy and practice (1 page);
  • A statement of teaching interests (1 to 2 pages); and
  • The names of three people who may be contacted by the University for letters of reference which will follow the Canada Research Chairs guidelines (i.e. one arm’s length, and two who are not affiliated to the University of Ottawa unless they are the candidate’s PhD or postdoctoral supervisor);
  • Self-Identification Form (see Preferential Hiring section above).

Application deadline: November 17, 2020

Posting no.: 20047-CRC

The selection process will begin in November and will continue until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Please send the application package to the following address by email to:

Dr. Sylvain Charbonneau, Vice-President, Research
University of Ottawa
550 Cumberland St., room 246
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 CANADA

If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations at 613-562-5958. The Canada Research Chairs Program imposes no restrictions on nominees with regard to nationality or country of residence. Procedures to allow non-Canadian chairholders to work in Canada have been established by Employment and Social Development Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The University of Ottawa is justly proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and their spouses in their second official language. At the time of tenure, professors are expected to be able to function in a bilingual setting. In certain cases, professors must have the ability to teach in both official languages to be granted tenure.

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Cory Widdifield hired at the University of Regina

Congratulations to Dr. Cory M. Widdifield, who has been appointed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Regina. He holds a B.Ed. in chemistry and physics from the University of Windsor. He completed an M.Sc. in chemistry at the University of Windsor under the supervision or Rob Schurko and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Ottawa under the supervision of David Bryce.  He was an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at CRMN / ENS-Lyon with Lyndon Emsley. He was then a visiting scientific researcher at the University of Southampton with Graeme Day. He held another postdoctoral position with Paul Hodgkinson at Durham University. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Oakland University from 2017 to 2020. Cory's area of research is solid state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and has published 38 peer reviewed articles in the field. 

Congratulations on the well-deserved success Professor Widdifield!


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