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Canada 150 Research Chairs: Open Positions

Simon Fraser University (SFU) is inviting expressions of interest for top-tier, international scholars and researchers as part of the prestigious Canada 150 Research Chairs Program. The program provides an opportunity for international researchers, including Canadian expatriates wishing to relocate to Canada, to lead a prestigious research program at SFU and to contribute to Canada’s excellence in research and innovation.

Full-time faculty positions, commencing in 2018, are available to outstanding researchers at any career stage across all disciplines, aligned with SFU’s Strategic Research Plan. Appointments will be made to an appropriate academic department at SFU. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

SFU is among Canada’s top research-intensive universities. As Canada’s engaged University, we are consistently ranked among the top 5 Canadian universities in research impact and international outlook. With three beautiful campuses in the Greater Vancouver area, SFU has deep roots in partner communities throughout the province. Our international footprint includes partnerships with over 2100 institutions in more than 110 countries.

Successful nominees must demonstrate an excellent track record and international reputation in their respective field, appropriate with their career stage. These indicators will include a strong publication record, evidence of strong peer-reviewed research funding, major awards, excellence in teaching, any indicator of strong community leadership or innovation, or other indicators, as appropriate.

SFU is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons. The University acknowledges the potential impact of career interruptions on a candidate’s record of research productivity, and encourages qualified candidates to explain any impact career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievements.

Expedited procedures have been established to permit non-Canadian Chairholders, and in some cases, members of the Chair’s team to work in Canada.

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter expressing their candidacy for the Canada 150 Research Chairs program to be taken up at SFU, the candidate’s full CV, a 100 word summary, describing the uniqueness and importance of the proposed research program, written in lay terms, and names of 8 international experts who could serve as reviewers at the full application stage. Note that the 100 word summary may be used for publicity purposes.

These expressions of interest should be submitted by July 31, 2017 to Dr. Joy Johnson, Vice-President, Research and International at vpres@sfu.ca. In special circumstances, submission of late expressions of interest consistent with the program’s registration deadline may also be considered.  

Please note that under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.

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