Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Saint Mary’s University: Sustainable Chemistry & Materials - Tier 2 Canada Research Chair

Saint Mary’s University invites applications for a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 2 appointment in the Department of Chemistry in “Sustainable Chemistry and Materials” (i.e. photovoltaics, nanomaterials, water technologies, battery materials etc.). The successful applicant will be nominated by the University for a CRC Tier 2 and upon approval by the CRC Secretariat, be offered a tenure-track faculty appointment at either the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. In accordance with the regulations for the Canada Research Chairs (, nominees must be within 10 years of receiving their Ph.D. when they are nominated to the CRC. The successful candidate will be an emerging 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, and high-impact research program based on external research funding. The research program should complement the existing research programs at Saint Mary’s University. The appointee will develop as an outstanding teacher and mentor of undergraduate and graduate students, and will contribute to the development and delivery of core programs in chemistry.

The Department of Chemistry at Saint Mary’s University offers a nationally-accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (Major and Honours). Undergraduate students are actively involved in faculty research and graduate students are enrolled in the Masters of Science in Applied Science Program. As well, the Department is home to the Atlantic Centre for Green Chemistry and has a number of faculty members active in Green Chemistry research. Faculty members in the Department have access to advanced instrumentation, including a new 300 MHz NMR, LC-PDA/ESI-MS, GC-FID/MS, ICP-MS, TGA-MS, GFAAS, SEM/EDX, Potentiostats (CV, ASV, etc.), DSC, FT-IR, single crystal X-ray diffractometer, and various spectrophotometers, all with excellent technical support. All laboratories and research spaces in the Department have been recently rebuilt as part of a major renovation of the Science Building.

Saint Mary's University is a public university with over 7,000 students, offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees. The university is committed to serving the local, regional, national, and international communities, and integrating such activity as part of the learning environment for undergraduate and graduate students. The University has gone through significant renewal in the past decade, with over 250 full-time faculty involved in innovative teaching, research and service. Interdisciplinary studies are a prominent feature and strength of the University. Saint Mary’s is located in the historic port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a vibrant, urban community of over 350,000 people. Halifax is a major educational and economic centre for Atlantic Canada and is home to five universities. It is conveniently located with respect to recreational areas and other major urban centres in Canada and the northeastern United States. For information about the University and the Department of Chemistry, please see our website at

Although candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents (all applicants should clearly indicate their status as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident). Saint Mary’s University is committed to the principles of employment equity.

Applicants should provide a single pdf containing: a) a curriculum vitae, b) a concise research proposal (5 pages, NSERC Discovery Grant format including a section on HQP training, c) a teaching dossier including a statement on teaching philosophy and details on experiences training HQP, and d) contact information for five individuals able to act as referees. The Selection Committee will begin considering applications immediately with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2016. Please send complete applications by mail or email to:

Robert D. Singer
Chairperson of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Saint Mary’s University
Halifax,  Nova Scotia B3H 3C3


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