Thursday, August 11, 2016

University of Manitoba: Tier I CRC in Materials Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry invites candidates to be nominated for a Tier I Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Materials Chemistry. The Government of Canada has established the CRC program to enable Canadian universities to foster world-class research excellence. The proposed CRC aligns with the University's strategic research plan that identifies High Performance Materials, Structures and Processes as a targeted research area (http://umanitoba.ca/research/media/Strategic_Research_Plan.pdf), and represents the third CRC committed to this theme in our current recruiting cycle. The successful candidate will be invited to play a major role in the Manitoba Institute for Materials, a focal point for materials science research at the University of Manitoba. Accomplished applicants from all sub-disciplines of materials chemistry will be considered.

In accordance with the regulations set for Tier I Canada Research Chairs (www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca), the successful candidate will be an outstanding and innovative researcher. The candidate must have a Ph.D. and a demonstrated record of accomplishments, be internationally recognized as a leader, as evidenced by influential publications in top-tier international journals and active membership on advisory boards, international panels and/or editorship on major journals. The candidate will have established success in obtaining external funding, a superior record of attracting and mentoring highly qualified personnel, and have displayed leadership in research and interdisciplinary scholarship. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a vigorous and independently funded research program that is also highly collaborative and involves local, national and international partners. Additional duties will include undergraduate teaching, graduate teaching and supervision, and service-related activities. Please consult the Canada Research Chair's website (http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/home-accueil-eng.aspx#) for full program information, including details on eligibility criteria and the justification process.

The University of Manitoba's state-of-the-art materials science research infrastructure facilitates innovative fundamental research into complex chemical processes at a molecular level, allows the characterization of structure and properties of natural and advanced materials, supports research involving the chemical and morphological nature of surfaces and bulk materials, and provides tools for microsystems fabrication. These facilities, along with the suite of analytical tools available at the newly completed Manitoba Institute for Materials characterization facility (http://umanitoba.ca/materials/), foster networking and engagement among researchers in different disciplines and sectors. The university is also home to a Compute Canada/Westgrid node, housed in the High Performance Computing Centre, and is now the center for computational chemistry for Western Canada. Active research areas in materials science at the University of Manitoba include energy conversion and storage, advanced electronics, environmental interfaces, microbial interactions, nanoscience, catalysis, electrochemical corrosion, coatings, polymers and surfactants. Further information about the Department of Chemistry can be obtained from umanitoba.ca/faculties/science/departments/chemistry.

To enhance our department and create role models for a diverse population of students, we particularly invite applications from those who can support and enhance our diversity, including women, Indigenous peoples, other visible minorities, and those committed to a diverse environment.

Winnipeg is the largest city in the Province of Manitoba. The city has a rich cultural environment, including symphony, opera, dance, theatre, sports and ethnic festivals, combining the amenities of urban life with easy access to the countryside and to northern lakes and forests for ample outdoor recreation opportunities in all seasons. A wide array of public and private schools is available in the Winnipeg area. Learn more about Winnipeg at winnipeg.ca.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Application materials, including cover letter, curricula vitae, and letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provisions of "The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act" (Manitoba) and will be provided to participating members of the search process.

Nominations or applications including a curriculum vitae, a description of the candidate's five-year research plan, and the names and addresses of three (3) referees should be sent to sciadr@umanitoba.ca (PDF files preferred). Please refer to position #20912 in the subject heading. For further information contact the Search Committee Chair at Ivan.Oresnik@umanitoba.ca. Review of applications will begin on October 21, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. All Chairs are subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat.

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