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Oct 07, 2020
Research Chair in Green Materials
University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa invites applications for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Green Materials. The selected candidate will hold a tenure-track faculty position in the Faculty of Science. Candidates are expected to establish a strong, extramurally funded, and collaborative research program in the broadly defined area of materials chemistry and/or green materials, that complements the existing expertise of the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences. The chairholder will establish productive collaborations with other chemists looking for innovative new approaches to traditionally challenging or environmentally unfriendly reactions and chemical transformations. The successful candidate will have access to the world-class core facilities in NMR, mass spectrometry and X-ray crystallography in the Faculty of Science, materials characterization and biocatalysis facilities that are part of the Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation, and a wide range of microscopy and analytical infrastructure that is part of the Centre for Advanced Materials Research.

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.

Tier 1 Chairs, tenable for seven years and renewable once, are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. For each Tier 1 Chair, the institution receives $200,000 annually for seven years.

Nominees for Tier 1 Chair positions must be full professors or associate professors who are expected to be promoted to the full professor level within one or two years of the nomination. Alternatively, if they come from outside the academic sector, nominees must possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed at these levels. 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 or a related discipline.  Demonstrated outstanding independent research achievements in materials chemistry and/or green materials.  A commitment to teaching and graduate training, a strong record of external research funding and a strong track record and commitment to interdisciplinary collaborations. 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 Full Professor in the Faculty of Science. 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 (e.g., all three arm’s length and one international);
  • Self-Identification Form: The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. We encourage all applicants to fill the following form:

Posting no.: 20048-CRC

Application deadline: October 26, 2020

The selection process will begin in October 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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