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Assistant Professor in Chemistry

University of Victoria, Department of Chemistry
Victoria, BC, Canada
Salary per the Faculty Collective Agreement
Closing date
Jul 23, 2023

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Field of specialization
Work Function
Research-Applied, Teaching-Undergraduate
Job Type
Full time

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Victoria invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in experimental organic chemistry, broadly defined, including but not limited to synthesis, materials, catalysis, and bio-organic chemistry.  The successful applicant will be offered a tenure-track appointment with an expected start date of July 1, 2024 or as negotiated.  A PhD degree in chemistry is required and post-doctoral experience is strongly preferred.

The Department of Chemistry ( is a research-intensive unit that is dedicated to providing outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs. The Department is one of the strongest in Canada boasting new research space and offering exceptional research opportunities within the areas of health, energy and materials chemistry.  The Department is highly collegial and benefits from the services of a very effective and dedicated staff.  The state-of-the-art Departmental infrastructure dedicated to teaching and research includes a suite of NMR spectrometers, mass spectrometers, as well as glassblowing, instrument and machine shops, including 3D printing. Researchers and students also benefit from the shared user facilities in the interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technologies (CAMTEC –, which includes a Biomedical Core facility for biological sample preparation (cells, tissues, bacteria), state-of-art optical and electron microscopes, and a suite of characterization and fabrication tools.  

The successful candidate will be an emerging world class scholar who has demonstrated research productivity and potential to achieve international recognition within the next 5–10 years. The appointee will be expected to establish an independent, creative, innovative, high-impact, and externally funded research program. The proposed research program should have the potential for national and international collaborations, including industrial partnerships, and should be complementary to the research activities at the University of Victoria. It is anticipated that the appointee will develop as an outstanding teacher and mentor of a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students, and have the potential to manage a healthy research environment that integrates a diverse group of employees.  

Applicants must provide:

a) a cover letter that includes career goals and reasoning to consider UVic;

b) a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications; 

c) a concise research proposal (maximum 5 pages, NSERC Discovery Grant proposal format encouraged); 

d) a teaching statement, including  teaching interests and experience  (maximum 2 pages);

e) an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) statement (maximum 1 page), indicating previous experience with a diverse group of co-workers and collaborators, and a brief plan for future implementation of an inclusive environment within the research group;

f) names and contact information (addresses, email addresses and phone numbers) for three or more individuals able to act as references; and

g) up to 4 publications that illustrate the candidate’s most important and impactful past research contributions.

To be considered, submit a completed application package containing the documents listed above at, addressed to Dr. Alexandre G. Brolo, Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Victoria, PO Box 1700 STN CSC, Victoria BC, V8W 2Y2.  Incomplete applications missing one or more of the required documents will not be considered.  You are asked to upload your CV and other personal information to this service, which is provided for the convenience of you and your referees.  The service stores data on servers located outside of Canada; the data is therefore not in the custody or under the control of the University of Victoria.  You may wish to review the privacy statement on  If you do not wish to use this service, please submit your complete application package to Sandra Carlson at  The review of applications will begin on July 1, 2023 and will remain open until suitable candidates are identified for in-person interviews.

The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose.  As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet.  Situated in the Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration.  Defined by its edges, this extraordinary environment inspires us to defy boundaries, discover, and innovate in exciting ways.  It’s different here, naturally and by design.  We live, learn, work and explore on the edge of what’s next—for our planet and its peoples.  Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation.  Experience the edge of possibilities for yourself.

The University of Victoria Campus is located on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish Peoples and we are privileged to do our work in a way that is inspired by their history, customs and culture.

Please note that reference checks will be done and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments.  In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power.  We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.  Read our full equity statement here:

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement.  We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at  Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association (

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

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