Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Computational Chemistry

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The University of Ottawa invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Computational Chemistry. Candidates are sought whose interests are at the interface of biochemistry and organic chemistry, and who propose to develop (or are already actively engaged in) a research program in computational chemistry.  The successful candidate will have access to the world-class Centre for Advanced Computing and benefit from facilities part of the Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation. According to Maclean’s 2013 University Rankings, the University of Ottawa ranks #2 in Canada in research intensity in natural and health sciences.  The Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Ottawa is currently ranked #2 in Canada and is one of the top 75 departments worldwide (according to ARWU) and currently hosts two winners of the Herzberg Canada Gold Medal, five Canada Research Chairs, and five University Research Chairs.  

Tier 2 CRCs, 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 (i.e., candidates have normally less than 10 years since obtaining their highest degree at the time of nomination).  If the retained candidate earned his/her highest degree more than 10 years ago (e.g., career breaks such as maternity, parental or sick leave, clinical training, etc.), the candidate’s eligibility may be first assessed by the Chairs Program’s Tier 2 Justification process.  For more information regarding CRC Program eligibility criteria, please consult the following webpage: http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/nomination-mise_en_candidature-eng.aspx#nominees. 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 and work experience: PhD or equivalent in Chemistry and postdoctoral experience is mandatory.  A demonstrated excellent research track record in computational chemistry.  A commitment to teaching and graduate training, a strong track record in and a commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration, the ability to obtain external research funds, and excellent communication skills in either English or French.  Passive knowledge of the other official language in Canada is a requirement for tenure.  English-French bilingualism is an asset.

Rank and salary: Regular tenure-track academic appointment in the Faculty of Science, with a salary consistent with the collective agreement of the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa.

Application Package:

·       A cover letter;

·       An up-to-date curriculum vitae (if applicable, explain any career interruptions that might have affected research productivity);

·       A research plan demonstrating a strong commitment to research excellence;

·       A statement of teaching interests; and

  • The names and contact information of three people who may be contacted by the

University for letters of reference.

Deadline: August 1st 2017

The selection process will begin in August and will continue until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The application package should be sent (by email preferably) to:

Dr. Mona Nemer, Vice-President, Research

University of Ottawa

550 Cumberland St., room 246

Ottawa, ON Canada K1N 6N5

Phone: 613-562-5270

Fax: 613-562-5271


Equity is a University of Ottawa policy; women, aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  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 Associate Vice-President, Faculty Affairs 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.