Wednesday, October 14, 2015

University of Calgary: Tier II Canada Research Chair in Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

Applications are invited from emerging leaders in the area of Analytical Chemistry for a Tier II Canada Research Chair (http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/home-accueil-eng.aspx) at the University of Calgary. The Chair will be appointment to a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. The chair will be housed in the Department of Chemistry, in the Faculty of Science. Details for this position appear at: http://www.ucalgary.ca/chem.
Candidates will have demonstrated potential to conduct cutting edge experimental research in any sub-discipline of analytical chemistry that is germane to issues surrounding water quality.  Applicants with research experience in the development of analytical methods and tools (e.g., all areas of spectroscopy, chromatography, microfluidics, sensor technologies, speciation, and others) to assess water quality and the efficacy of various wastewater treatment technologies are encouraged to apply. The goal is to identify the strongest candidate; while candidates with interests that complement existing research groups may be given priority, excellence and potential to develop a world-class analytical research program relevant to water quality issues will be the prime directive in completing this search.
The CRC-II holder will be part of the Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA) program on campus, an internationally-recognized facility that develops and tests wastewater treatment technologies to remove existing and emerging contaminants to improve ecosystem and human health (http://www.ucalgary.ca/acwa/). Working with this group, the ideal candidate will provide leadership and assistance in the employment/development of powerful analytical techniques to quantify technology efficacy and demonstrate environmental performance. Therefore, core expertise in analytical chemistry and its application to aquatic systems will be a strong asset. ACWA has a strong partnership with Agilent Technologies, and the Analytical Laboratory at Pine Creek is well equipped with GC¿s (ECD, FID, NPD and MS detectors), LC-MS QqQ, LC-MS QTOF, and ICP-MS, plus HPLC and IC.  The candidate will ideally collaborate with engineers, microbiologists and ecotoxicologists to solve interdisciplinary problems related to wastewater treatment to remove pharmaceuticals and personal care products. 
The successful CRC candidate will lead a vibrant team of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and be expected to be a key leader in the community of like-minded researchers at the University of Calgary. The successful CRC candidate is expected to establish an independent research program. The search will focus on identifying those rare individuals who have the ideal combination of raw talent and the ambition to use it to perform world-renowned chemical research.
The University is pursuing aggressively an Eyes High strategy (http://www.ucalgary.ca/eyeshigh/) that aims to have the University of Calgary recognized as a top-five research-intensive university by our fiftieth anniversary in 2016. Plans for this CRC-II position are aligned with the University’s Strategic Research Plan (www.ucalgary.ca/vpr/files/vpr/StrategicResearchPlan2012.pdf) and its priority in Infections, Inflammation and Chronic Diseases in the Changing Environment.  The priority of Energy Innovations may also be encapsulated depending on the areas of interest and their alignment with ACWA. The CRC-II will help to provide the research leadership needed to achieve our Eyes High goal. Peer-reviewed external funding is expected to be sustained, and industrial partnerships are strongly encouraged. Applicants must possess a doctorate in Chemistry (ideally of analytical specialization) or a cognate discipline at the time of appointment, and have a stellar research record. The successful applicant will be enthusiastic about contributing to both teaching and research, and will be appointed at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level, depending on relevant experience. Cross appointment to other Units on campus may be considered. This appointment is conditional upon a successful CRC application.
The Department of Chemistry has grown from a mid-sized Canadian department with recognized poles of excellence, to its present status as one of the top 10 large (but still not huge) research-intensive Chemistry departments in the country with across-the-board strengths and a world-class reputation in several sub-disciplines.  Our vision is to be among the top five Chemistry departments in Canada and the most innovative department among them. It has large undergraduate and graduate programs and extensive state-of-the-art facilities.  The three major Departmental Strategic Research thrusts are i) Chemistry for Cleaner Energy, ii) Chemistry for Life and Health and iii) Chemistry for the Quantum-Nano World. Calgary is a multicultural city that is the fastest growing city in Canada. Calgary enjoys a moderate climate and is located beside the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Further information about the Department is available at http://www.ucalgary.ca/chem.
Applicants should send a CV, a 6-page research proposal responding to the CRC criteria, a statement of teaching philosophy, and arrange to have at least three reference letters sent to:
Dr. David Cramb, Head
Department of Chemistry
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
Completed applications received by December 31, 2015 will receive full consideration, though the review process will continue until the position is filled. Hiring decisions will be finalized in early 2016 with the goal of joining the University of Calgary on July 1, 2016. The successful applicant will develop with the University of Calgary the Canada Research Chair application for the October 2016 deadline.
The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

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