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Canada Excellence Research Chairs | Date posted: January 14th, 2022

At the intersection of innovative education, cutting-edge research, and community outreach lies Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada’s engaged university. With three campuses located in beautiful British Columbia’s largest municipalities—Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey—our students, faculty and staff are privileged to live, work, and play on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen Peoples.

Consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top employers, SFU is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the pursuit of decolonization, Indigenization, and reconciliation. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty staff and our community.”

SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, persons with disabilities, racialized minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University, and treat all employees equitably. Candidates who belong to equity-seeking groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Opportunity

SFU invites applications from world renowned researchers for the prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) 2022 Competition. The CERC program stands at the centre of a national strategy to foster research excellence in Canada and improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people.

This 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. Applicants must be full professors or associate professors expected to be promoted to full professor within one to two years of the nomination. Alternatively, if they come from outside the academic sector, applicants must possess the qualifications necessary to be appointed at these levels.

Successful candidates will be appointed to an appropriate academic department/school/faculty at SFU, as early as Fall 2023. Procedures and processes have been established to permit non-Canadian chairholders, and in some cases members of the Chair’s team, to work in Canada.

Research Alignment

SFU welcomes applications from outstanding established researchers in any area of SFU institutional strength, with particular emphasis on the following themes:

1.     Quantum Sciences

The potential of the quantum technology sector is fueling intense and accelerating research worldwide. The enormous processing power of quantum computers promises to transcend even the immense achievements of classical IT over the last half century, in turn advancing fields as diverse as drug development, design and discovery of new materials, climate modelling, engineering optimization, machine learning, pattern recognition, and cryptography. Networks of quantum computers unleash exponentially more combined capacity than the sum of their parts, and, given expected environmental constraints, they will likely be far easier to build than monolithic quantum supercomputers. Due to the nascent state of the field, the full spectrum of future applications of quantum technologies likely lies outside our current collective imaginations.

SFU is home to the newly formed Quantum Algorithms Institute (QAI), which brings together industry, government and academic experts to accelerate innovation and commercialization activities related to quantum computing.  This is a unique opportunity for leaders in quantum sciences to join SFU and build on our achievements, collaborations, and world-class infrastructure.

Potential research areas of interest: Networked Quantum Computation, Quantum Algorithms, Quantum Communication, Quantum Computing, Quantum Hardware, Quantum Information, Quantum Internet, Quantum Software.

2.     Computational and Engineering Sciences

Technology impacts every aspect of our lives. Industry 4.0 in conjunction with robotics advancements will transform the manufacturing industry through smart factories using computer-aided manufacturing systems such as additive manufacturing that can adaptively manufacture parts on demand, direct from digital designs. Robotics also has broad potential impacts on public safety, healthcare, home-care, manufacturing, transportation, and entertainment. Intelligent computational agents will be an integral part of our society. Human-computer interaction (HCI) and visual information processing must also be considered in technological development to ensure access for millions of end users around the world. Cybersecurity complements the technological advancements to prevent the increasingly frequent, severe, and sophisticated cyberattacks, information security breaches, and safeguarding of intellectual property and financial assets.

SFU researchers cover a wide range of cutting-edge research and training programs in computational and engineering sciences, and reframe problems and deliver tomorrow’s solutions.

Potential research areas of interest: Human-Computer Interaction, Additive Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cybersecurity, Data Visualization, Image Processing, Industry 4.0, Information Visualization, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Robotics, Smart Manufacturing.

3.     Improving our Understanding of Human Health

A broad approach to health research is critical for addressing the world’s greatest health challenges, one that encompasses the developmental origins of health and disease, the causes and consequences of chronic diseases across the human lifespan, basic biological sciences, evolutionary theory and social, environmental and behavioural determinants of health.  We are seeking ways to support the health and wellness of young and aging populations, manage pandemics and their societal consequences including complex mental health challenges and substance use by developing preventative approaches and interventions to support health and wellness across the human lifespan. Research on systems, infrastructure and policy within the workplace, schools and social services is also critical for shaping health outcomes. In addressing these challenges, we must take a social justice and equity focused approach to ensure the inclusion of priority populations. 

SFU has health-related research strengths in several areas, including biological research on infectious diseases, evolution, genomics and physiology; and population, public health and global health focused investigations. Our goal is to improve the health of individuals and populations and to reduce health inequities through excellence in interdisciplinary research and education, in partnership with local, national and global communities as evidenced by collaborative agreements and partnerships with the governments, health authorities, including the First Nations Health Authority, global health organizations, and community-based organizations.

Potential research areas of interest: Infectious Diseases, Omics and One Health, Population and Public Health, Ethics, Mental Health and Substance Use, Health Inequities, Global Health

4.     Climate Change

A major planetary change due to global warming is the shift in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events. This shift has already resulted in widespread changes in plant community composition, loss of human life, and damage to infrastructure with the associated economic losses. These impacts are anticipated to worsen with time. Resource management must be closely examined to deliver new approaches for sustainability, for example as it relates to our oceans, and developing clean and renewable energy sources. Solutions must be developed in close partnership with Indigenous peoples and with attention to inequities of climate change.  

SFU ranks among the word’s top 50 universities for its commitment to sustainability and is home to climate research initiatives including greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, sustainable energy systems, climate change impacts, and adaption to climate change. SFU is committed to embedding climate action through its operations, research, academics, and community.

Potential research areas of interest: Clean Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Science, Flood Science, Indigenous Geographies, Sensors and Sensing Networks, Smart Construction, Sustainability, Traditional Knowledge, 3D Printing

5.     Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Globalization, natural resource use and distribution, economic uncertainty, population migration and changing patterns of convergence and conflict challenge the structures of societies and shape the ways we interact with each other. Existing policies governing our way of life originate from Eurocentrism and reinforce systems of power and privilege, creating inequities and systemic barriers grounded in and contributing to racism, heterosexism, ableism, classism, and other sustained systems of oppression. This negatively impacts physical, mental and social well-being of marginalized individuals. Considerations related to justice, equity, and social responsibility also shape the ways in which we engage with communities and value their contributions. Fostering community participation in research is both a vehicle for social change and a critical source of scholarship. There is a need to dismantle Eurocentric structures and facilitate better educational practices and critical discourse while strengthening equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Researchers at SFU are considering questions of equity and justice in relation to environmental, educational, health, economic and governmental systems. Matters of social inclusion, identity, diversity, and belonging are key drivers behind how individuals and groups perceive and connect with society at large.

Research areas of interest: Gender, Colonialism, Decolonization, Disability, Equity, Ethics, Feminist Theory, Justice, Race, Educational Policy, Higher Education

6.     Major National and International Research Initiatives

SFU is committed to supporting strategic investments by Canadian and International governments to promote research excellence and the transfer of research results and benefits to broader society.  SFU hosts one of ten worldwide Tier 1 Data centre for the ATLAS experiment at CERN and is a founding member of TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator centre.

Applications are also welcomed from researchers whose research aligns with major national and international research initiatives including, but not limited to, ATLAS, CERN, Ocean Networks Canada, TRIUMF, and SNOLAB.

Applications from any discipline are encouraged, even if they do not directly align with the themes listed above. For further information on areas of institutional strength, please see SFU’s 2016-2022 Strategic Research Plan.

How To Apply

To apply, applicants should provide:

  1. A cover letter that identifies:
    • The theme (1 to 6, or other) the applicant’s research aligns with
    • The size of the applicant’s planned research team
    • The applicant’s start-up funding, infrastructure and space requirements
  2. A full curriculum vitae (include details of research and teaching, scholarly record, funding, collaborations/partnerships and leadership experience)

  3. A one-page (maximum) statement that describes the applicant’s past experience with attracting and mentoring a diverse group of students, trainees and research personnel, and establishing an equitable and inclusive research environment, as well as a plan for establishing and maintaining a diverse core team and a research environment that is safe and inclusive.

  4. A five-page (maximum) statement that includes:
    • An overview of the applicant’s research proposal, including knowledge mobilization and any innovation activities
    • How the proposed research embeds EDI considerations at each stage of the research process
    • Alignment with SFU’s existing or emerging areas of research strength
    • Potential to collaborate with other researchers at SFU, in BC and Canada
    • Social and economic benefits for Canada that will result from the research program
    • Contribution and fit to the research ecosystem in Canada and internationally
  5. The names and email addresses of 6 potential arm’s length referees who are prepared to submit a letter of recommendation.

SFU is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion, and the pursuit of decolonization, Indigenization and reconciliation. Applications must demonstrate a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion within the research team and research design.

SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions (e.g., parental leave, medical leave) can impact research achievements and commits to ensuring that leaves are taken into careful consideration. Candidates are encouraged to highlight in their application how alternative paths and/or interruptions have had an impact on their career. SFU also recognizes the value of mentoring and research training, outreach, professional service, and non-traditional areas of research and/or research outputs. Demonstrated experience in increasing diversity in the previous institutional environment, and in curriculum, is also an asset.

All applications should be submitted to:

Dr. Angela Brooks-Wilson
Associate Vice-President, Research pro tem
Office of the Vice-President, Research and International
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, Canada, V5A 1S6
cerc@sfu.ca

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm PST on February 16th, 2022. Any general inquiries regarding this posting may be directed to cerc@sfu.ca.

This position is contingent upon the applicant receiving a Canada Excellence Research Chair. The position is subject to the availability of funding and to final approval by the University Board of Governors and the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS). The Canada Excellence Research Chair is tenable for eight years. Interested applicants are invited to review the full program details: https://www.cerc.gc.ca/program-programme/cpan-pccs-eng.aspx#2

SFU offers benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible campus community for faculty, please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for more details. SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants; if you require accommodations or have questions about SFU benefits, services, accommodations policies, or equity considerations please contact the Specialist, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Relations.

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:  http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/faculty_openings/collection_notice.html.

Tenure Track Position in Quantitative Research on Racism and Health

The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) seeks applications from early and mid-career quantitative scientists with an outstanding research record to be appointed as a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Racism and Health.  We seek a scholar who has a PhD or equivalent credential in a relevant field who has demonstrated strengths in using quantitative research to study racism, equity, and health. We invite applications from candidates whose quantitative scholarship is grounded in critical race studies, critical feminist, post‐colonial studies, anti-oppression, Black studies, social justice, intersectionality, or other related theoretical frameworks.

The ideal candidate has expertise in applying advanced quantitative methods to research on racism and health that is grounded in one or more of the theoretical frameworks above and aligned with the advancement of social justice and anti-racism. We welcome applicants from a wide range of quantitative disciplines, including but not limited to social epidemiology. We additionally invite those whose scholarship is grounded in Indigenous knowledge, methodologies and/or epistemologies and whose scholarship might be distinct from Western academic traditions and/or follow ethical principles of community direction and governance.  A partial list of potential research areas includes structural racism as a determinant of health, the embodiment of racism, racism within health-related institutions and professions, and racism in the context of other public health related issues. Programs of research that align with the FHS cross-cutting core research themes of social inequities, Indigenous health and global health will be considered strengths (https://www.sfu.ca/fhs/research/research-challenge-areas.html).

FHS was created in 2005 with a mission to improve the health of individuals and populations and to reduce health inequities through excellence in interdisciplinary research and education, in partnership with local, national and global communities and with a commitment to social justice. The Faculty is committed to improving our understanding of racism as an independent and fundamental determinant of health. The successful candidate will be supported by collegial interdisciplinary faculty who employ a range of approaches to understand complex relationships between social conditions and health, including Indigenous, community-based and social epidemiological methodologies. The successful candidate will join a diverse and dynamic team of more than 50 multi-disciplinary faculty members and will have the opportunity to engage with and teach outstanding students in the PhD, MSc, MPH, and BA/BSc programs. We are committed to creating an inclusive educational environment with supportive student-focused mentorship and learning.  FHS maintains collaborative agreements and partnerships with the BC government, regional health authorities, research centres, and provincial, national and international health and research agencies. Our community engaged research and teaching is exciting, inclusive, and at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary work in health and health equity.   In addition to the cross-cutting core research themes listed above, faculty members actively collaborate to develop interdisciplinary research initiatives in six defined research challenge areas including policy and systems research, planetary health, mental health and substance use, infectious diseases, developmental trajectories, and big data.

To apply for this position, please submit a full curriculum vitae, a letter of application, a brief statement of research plans for the next 5 years (two page maximum), a teaching statement (one page maximum), and the names and contact details of three academic references. Applicants should include a statement addressing their past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and/or service. The teaching requirement for this position is three courses per year, thus the teaching statement must detail teaching experience and interests and identify undergraduate and/or graduate courses of teaching interest. These materials should be submitted electronically to: fhs_recruit@sfu.ca.

The search committee will begin to review submitted applications on February 1, 2022, however the position will remain open until filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Positions are subject to final budgetary approval.

SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, transgender and non-binary people, persons with disabilities, Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, sexual minorities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

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 of this policy see: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/faculty_openings/collection_notice.html

Tenure-Track Position in Environmental Health Inequities

The Faculty of Health Sciences (the ‘Faculty’) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) invites applications from outstanding early-career scholars to be appointed as Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Environmental Health Inequities. We seek a scholar with a PhD in a health-related field who approaches the link between human health and the environment through a justice lens. The ideal candidate combines expertise in environmental health with theory from social and environmental justice to study the influence of social, structural, and behavioral factors on the links between environmental and human health. Moreover, the candidate has expertise in domains of social justice, power, access, and advocacy, and is committed to anti-racist and decolonizing praxis.

We seek a colleague with demonstrated and/or clear potential to develop an independent and robust research program in Environmental Justice in the Faculty of Health Sciences. The successful applicant will have a track record demonstrated through a variety of pathways, such as publications, teaching and mentorship, research funding, awards, community engagement, policy development, knowledge translation and interdisciplinary collaborations appropriate to the level of the scholar. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the teaching and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students, and specifically will be asked to teach introductory environmental health courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.

The successful candidate will join colleagues in the transdisciplinary Research Challenge Area of Planetary Health within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The Faculty is located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations at the SFU Burnaby campus. Created in 2005, The Faculty's mission is to improve the health of individuals and populations and to reduce health inequities through excellence in interdisciplinary research and education, in partnership with local, national and global communities. The Faculty is committed to social justice, respect for human dignity, and equity. The successful candidate will join a diverse and dynamic team of more than 50 multi-disciplinary faculty members and will have the opportunity to engage with and teach outstanding students in the PhD, MSc, MPH, and BA/BSc programs. The Faculty maintains collaborative agreements and partnerships with the BC government, regional health authorities, the First Nations Health Authority, research centres, and other health agencies.

SFU is an advocate for equity and is committed to ensuring its community is diverse and inclusive. We welcome applications from members of racialized minorities, women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of various sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities and contribute to SFU’s research excellence. SFU seeks to maintain its commitment to excellence and recognizes that increasing the diversity of its faculty and ensuring an inclusive environment supports this objective. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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 of this policy see: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/Faculty_Openings/Collection_Notice.html

To apply for this position, please submit a letter of application, a full Curriculum Vitae, a brief statement of research plans for the next five years (three page maximum), and a teaching statement which details teaching interests and experience (one page maximum). Please also provide the names and contact details of three academic references. These materials should be submitted electronically to: fhs_recruit@sfu.ca with the subject title “Environmental Health Inequities”.  The search committee will begin to review submitted applications on January 14th, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. 

Positions are subject to final budgetary approval.

Tenure Track Position in Health Services Research 

The Faculty of Health Sciences (the ‘Faculty’) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) invites applications from outstanding career scholars for a tenure track appointment as Assistant or Associate Professor in Health Services Research. The ideal applicant will be expected to develop and maintain a leading national and/or international research program in health services research and contribute to undergraduate and graduate education in this field. They will hold a Ph.D. or comparable qualification in a field related to health services research. Applications from a range of methodological backgrounds are encouraged.

At a level commensurate with the appointment rank, the Faculty seeks a colleague with the ability to (i) develop an independent and robust research program in health services research and (ii) teach and mentor at an undergraduate and graduate level. The preferred applicant will have a Ph.D. or comparable qualification (e.g., MD, RN, or equivalent, plus extensive research training) in health services research, health policy, or other related field; a proven track record of research in this field; demonstrable teaching ability; demonstrated ability to establish relationships with external partners; the ability to work collaboratively and independently; and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  Other desirable traits include: a track record in obtaining external research funding; experience working in transdisciplinary research settings; experience in curriculum development and innovative teaching methods; experience of managing, supervising, and supporting research staff; teaching excellence; and experience in successfully supervising undergraduate and/or graduate students.

The successful candidate will join colleagues in the Faculty’s transdisciplinary Research Challenge Area of Policy and Systems Research.

The Faculty is located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations at the SFU Burnaby campus. Created in 2005, the Faculty's mission is to improve the health of individuals and populations and to reduce health inequities through excellence in interdisciplinary research and education, in partnership with local, national and global communities. The Faculty is committed to social justice, respect for human dignity, and equity. The successful candidate will join a diverse and dynamic team of more than 50 multidisciplinary faculty members and will have the opportunity to engage with and teach outstanding students in the PhD, MSc, MPH, and BA/BSc programs. The Faculty maintains collaborative agreements and partnerships with the BC government, regional health authorities, the First Nations Health Authority, research centres, and other health agencies.

SFU is an advocate for equity and is committed to ensuring its community is diverse and inclusive. We welcome applications from members of racialized minorities, women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of various sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities and contribute to SFU’s research excellence. SFU seeks to maintain its commitment to excellence and recognizes that increasing the diversity of its faculty and ensuring an inclusive environment supports this objective. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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 of this policy see: 

http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/Faculty_Openings/Collection_Notice.html

To apply for this position, please submit a letter of application, a full curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research plans for the next five years (three pages maximum), and a teaching statement which details teaching interests and experience (one page maximum). Please also provide the names and contact details of three academic references. These materials should be submitted electronically to: fhs_recruit@sfu.ca with the subject title “Health Services Research”.  The search committee will begin to review submitted applications on January 14th, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. 

Positions are subject to final budgetary approval.