Employment Posting:
Tenure-Track Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Climate and Environmental Change

Employment Type:
Archived Canada Research Chair (CRC) Positions
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Tenure-Track Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Climate and Environmental Change

Date Posted: August 6th, 2020

Nipissing University is pleased to invite applications for a Tenure-Track, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Climate and Environmental Change (NSERC). The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) is part of a national strategy to support academic research and training excellence in postsecondary institutions, and to train the next generation of highly skilled people (https://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/home-accueil-eng.aspx).

Applications are welcome from all relevant areas of climate and environmental change research. We seek expertise that complements our existing strengths in the Departments of Geography, Biology and Chemistry, and other environmental-related sciences. The successful candidate will develop a strong externally funded research program. They will be a full member of the interdisciplinary Masters of Environmental Studies/Masters of Environmental Sciences (MES/MESc) graduate program and be appointed with department(s) most appropriate to the candidate’s research and teaching foci. They will supervise graduate students and contribute to teaching in the MES/MESc graduate program and appropriate undergraduate programs. In addition to faculty from across many departments, the MES/MESc program has been supported by CRC Tier 2 positions in Environmental History (current) and Watershed Analysis and Modeling (outgoing). The candidate will work collaboratively with other departments within the institution.

The successful candidate must possess a PhD degree in a field related to climate and environmental change. Candidates must possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Candidates must have state-of-the-art research experience in climate and environmental change demonstrated through peer reviewed publications and/or other similar documentation that demonstrates the impact of the candidate’s research. Candidates must have demonstrated teaching capability in either formal or informal settings and be interested in contributing to interdisciplinary teaching within the MES/MESc graduate program.

Tier 2 Chairsare intended for exceptional emerging researchers acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field and be within 10 years of receiving their PhD.  Applicants with more than 10 years experience at the time of nomination and have experienced career breaks (such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research to assess eligibility (https://www.nipissingu.ca/research). 

Although an ideal candidate will have expertise in application of stable isotope geochemistry to climate and environmental change research, the position is open to other scientific areas of climate and environmental change research. Existing laboratory infrastructure includes an Elementar Vario Pyro Cube and VisION mass spectrometer that can support a wide range of applications to environmental change research. A Picarro liquid water isotope analyzer currently supports research in areas of water resource sustainability and ecohydrology. Additional resources include a network of weather stations that provides regional monitoring for local agricultural producers, the Earth Observation laboratory for observation of landcover/land use change detection, research groups conducting field-scale monitoring of weather and water conditions supporting study of the role of climate and weather on the occurrence of harmful algae blooms and study of ecological drivers of forest health and sustainability with application to forest resource management and impacts of climate change. Making connections with regional resources and contacts are supported by Nipissing’s scientists’ strong research partnerships with industry, various levels of government, regional Universities and First Nation Communities.

A strong candidate will provide research leadership and attract funding opportunities to develop regional studies of climate and environmental change for central and northeastern Ontario communities and inform future predictions. Demonstrated experience in teaching and course development in an interdisciplinary environment at both undergraduate and graduate levels with be an asset. At Nipissing University, the MES/MESc program is an interdisciplinary degree program that aims to train and develop graduates capable of contributing to the study of environmental issues and future solutions.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The appointment will be effective July 1 2021, subject to final budgetary approval.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a research statement noting the impact the candidate’s research has had in the field, a teaching statement, and the names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will commence September 10, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. These materials should be sent electronically to careers@nipissingu.ca.

The Search Committee would like to thank all applicants for their interest in Nipissing University. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please note that only those candidates invited for an interview will be contacted. Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact Human Resources as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements.

Nipissing University is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion as indicated in our commitment statement (https://www.nipissingu.ca/research/chairs/edi). We strongly encourages applications, which may include self-identification in a covering letter, from Indigenous persons, women, persons with disabilities, persons who identify as LGBTQ2+, and visible minorities.