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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Chemistry

McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Closing date
Nov 9, 2021

Job Details

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations, and within the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon wampum agreement.

Position Description

The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) at McMaster University invites applications to fill a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the general area of machine learning and artificial intelligence, effective July 1, 2022.

Scientists whose research interests focus on theoretical computational methods that involve development of machine learning algorithms to address a broad spectrum of problems of fundamental or practical importance, including sustainable materials synthesis, drug design, environmental remediation, energy capture and storage, and clean energy generation are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will be expected to mount a research program targeted toward fundamental theoretical chemistry with an interest in solving practical problems.   The successful applicant may also seek collaborations within the MacDATA Institute (  The research program should create a presence in any one of a number of critically important areas.  Machine Learning approaches in chemistry represent a clear area of growing importance, and CCB will provide a vibrant environment to foster a new research program in this area, with many opportunities for both internal and external collaborations.

Our aim is to recruit a candidate who will establish an internationally competitive research program and forge numerous research interactions and collaborations with colleagues across the University, including those within the Faculties of Science and Engineering.  The successful candidate will take advantage of numerous opportunities to attract research funding for personnel and infrastructure. 

Applicants should clearly demonstrate potential to develop a prominent, externally funded research program and a commitment to excellence in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels Candidates must have both a bachelor’s and doctoral degree in chemistry or a closely related field, relevant postdoctoral experience, and a promising record of research scholarship and productivity.

McMaster University ( is a globally renowned institution of higher learning and a research community committed to advancing human and societal health and well-being. Our focus on collaboratively exchanging ideas and approaches makes us uniquely positioned to pioneer ground-breaking solutions to real-world problems leading to a Brighter World ( The Faculty of Science ( works to create global impact by advancing scientific discovery and knowledge, and promoting greater understanding. Our innovative, interdisciplinary approach generates new methods and insights, results, and lasting change.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

We invite all applicants to complete a brief Diversity Survey, which takes approximately two minutes to complete, through McMaster’s application submission portal. The answering of survey questions is voluntary with an option to decline to answer. All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Science at to communicate accommodation needs.

How to Apply

Complete applications must be made online at (Faculty Positions, Job 40529) by December 1, 2021 to the attention of Dr. Gillian Goward, Professor & Chair, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1.

A complete application consists of:

  • a cover letter (including a statement regarding whether the applicant has Canadian citizenship/permanent resident status (see below))
  • a current, detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • a statement of research interests (2-page maximum), including detailed descriptions of three research projects that exemplify the proposed research program, as well as a list of the major instrumentation and equipment necessary to pursue the proposed research program
  • a statement highlighting the candidate’s top three publications and specifying the significance and novelty of these contributions
  • a statement of teaching philosophy and interests (2-page maximum)
  • a statement of experience and plans for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in post-secondary education, community-based or other professional settings (2-page maximum)
  • the names and full contact information of at least three referees. 
  • Letters of reference are not required and will not be reviewed at the application stage; the Department will request letters of recommendation from referees at later stages of the search process. 

Review of complete applications will begin December 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.  All applicants will receive an on-line, system-generated confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.  Please be advised that any full-time, permanent faculty member of the Department can request confidential access to the application materials, including the reference letters.  Progressive policies are in place to assist faculty members to achieve a work-life balance.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications, as stated above, MUST include one of the following statements in their application package:  “I am/am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.”  Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.


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