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Shrum Chair in Biological Mechanisms of Disease at Simon Fraser University

The Gordon M. Shrum Chair in Science, named after the founding chancellor of Simon Fraser University, provides an opportunity for outstanding scientists to advance their careers to the next level at Canada’s top comprehensive university.

The Faculty of Science seeks an established scientist to fill the Shrum Chair for a 5 year term, renewable. S/he will be appointed as a tenured Associate Professor in one or more of our life science departments: Biological Sciences, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, or Molecular Biology and Biochemistry based on the candidate’s research interests, teaching expertise and preference.

We seek a leader in an emerging, transformative and interdisciplinary area of life sciences research who will complement SFU’s research strengths. The successful candidate will join a vibrant community of life scientists, across multiple Departments and Faculties, whose research stretches from fundamental to translational. S/he will enjoy access to exceptional research facilities, both computational and experimental. We expect that the Chair will play a leadership role in bridging existing research strengths in molecular, cellular, and systems-level biomedical science at SFU and with partner institutions. The successful applicant will also contribute to the teaching mission of their home department. Check here for information on research in the Faculty of Science at SFU.

Application Process: Applicants, please apply through the Faculty of Science by emailing to scsec@sfu.ca.

Please submit a single PDF containing

  • a cover letter
  • a CV including a list of publications
  • the names and email addresses of four referees; and
  •  a 2-3 page document summarizing your qualifications and a vision for a 5 year research program. This latter document should include a statement of how the research would improve, capitalize on, and integrate with existing research strengths at Simon Fraser University.

Direct questions to Dr. Peter Ruben, Chair, Shrum Chair Search Committee, and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Science at Simon Fraser University: pruben@sfu.ca. Visit here for more information.

Screening of applications will commence on April 1, 2018. The competition will remain open until the position is filled. The successful candidate will be appointed commencing as early as September 2018.

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.  

All candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, persons of aboriginal heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGTBQ-identified persons.

Assistant Professor (Tenure-track) - Environmental Microbiology

The Department of Biological Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track (Assistant Professor) position in Environmental Microbiology.

The successful candidate will build a strong research program that focuses on some aspect of basic microbiology, environmental microbiology, and/or microbial toxicology. We expect the successful candidate to engage in graduate training and to contribute to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in basic microbiology and in our Masters of Environmental Toxicology program. We value collaborative interactions within and across Departments and Faculties on campus and beyond SFU’s borders.

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

Simon Fraser University, located in the greater Vancouver area, is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, concise research statement including how their program would contribute to research strengths at SFU, a 1-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and names and contact information of 3 potential referees. All application materials should be submitted as a single pdf via this online application form

We start reviewing applications from mid-January 2019 until the position is filled. Short-listed candidates will be contacted in February to have three letters of recommendation forwarded to us.

Departmental contact:
Dr. Tony Williams, Acting Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6
[biscchr@sfu.ca]

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.

University Research Associate

Location:         Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus
Employment Group:     University Research Associate
Job Category:         Research/Technical - Non-Union
Classification Title:          Research Associate
Business Title:        Research Associate       

VP/Faculty:         Faculty of Science
Department:         Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Chemistry
Salary Range:       $54,500 (minimum) - $60,500 (midpoint) - $66,500 (maximum)                               
Full/Part Time:         Full-Time
Desired Start Date:          [TBD]
Job End Date:       June 30, 2020          
Possibility of Extension:          Yes
        
Funding Type:        Grant Funded
        
Closing Date:     
Available Openings:           1
                
Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications, and experience.

Job Summary: The position will include working on chemical biology research projects focusing on the regulation of gene transcription by protein glycosylation.

Organizational Status: The position will mostly work on their own and to a lesser extent with other members of the lab in collaboration. They will provide advice to post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and other technicians. They will report to the Principle Investigator.

Work Performed: The position will be responsible for the generation of libraries of nucleic acids for ChIP-seq and RNA-seq analyses. They will be required to have advanced skills in tissue culture, microscope imaging, immunoblot, and gene cloning. The position will also require advanced experimental design and an ability to analyze and interpret experimental results. They will be able to optimize experiments based on results and troubleshoot research problems. Specifically, tasks will include: design of experiments; procuring and producing specialized reagents; performing data analysis; maintaining records; maintaining equipment; overseeing junior technicians and students; and performing other related tasks.

Supervision Received: This position will report to the Principal Investigator and will work with a team of postdoctoral fellows, research technicians, graduate and undergraduate students.

Supervision Given: Training of a range of group members in experimental methods. The individual may supervise junior team members.

Consequence of Error/Judgement: The candidate should have good judgment regarding safe and efficient laboratory practices, record keeping, as well as experimental design, data collection, and data interpretation.  Safety Training will be offered and is required for duties. Any neglect will cause a delay in progressing with ongoing research which will have a negative impact on grant funding and personnel support in the laboratory. Unsafe practices could be harmful to the successful applicant and others in the work environment.
        
Qualifications: At least a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline including chemistry, molecular biology, or biochemistry. The applicant must possess a minimum of 2 years related post-PhD experience.  The successful candidate must have a high level of technical experience in chemical biology and/or biochemistry as well as specific experience in ChIP-seq and mRNA-seq, expected to have skills in conducting Drosophila and other animal models. Knowledge of molecular biology, genetics/genomics, glycobiology, or NGS is a plus, and scientific programming language(s) such as Python, MatLab, R are favorable. The successful applicant will also have the ability to prepare complete, concise, and understandable technical documentation. Proven ability to work efficiently in a team environment. Proven ability to resolve technical problems in an innovative manner. Proven ability to understand and apply policies, procedures, and instructions.

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

SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, 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 see the Collection Notice.

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) Membrane Biology

The Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure track position in membrane biology. We are searching for an individual of outstanding promise who will develop a high-profile externally funded research program within the broad area of membrane biology, involving protein, lipid and/or carbohydrate components. The successful candidate will complement groups working on diverse aspects of protein and lipid biochemistry, structural biology, genomics, genetics and cell biology. They will also participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

The candidate must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in the sciences, with a proven ability to conduct innovative research. The position is targeted at the rank of Assistant Professor and has a proposed start date of Sept. 1, 2019, subject to final budgetary approval.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority. SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

Applicants should submit a single PDF containing a cover letter, CV, a concise research proposal (maximum 4 pages) and a statement of teaching philosophy. Include the names and contact information for at least three referees in the application. To apply, please fill out the online form and upload the application PDF.

If you have any questions, please contact the Chair’s Secretary at mbbchair@sfu.ca.  

Screening of application files will commence on January 5, 2019. This competition will remain open until the position is filled. Check here for further information on the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department at SFU.

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.  

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

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) Bioinformatics and Genomics  

The Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure track position in the broad area of Bioinformatics and/or Genomics. We are searching for an individual of outstanding promise who will develop a high-profile externally funded research program involving any of the domains of life, including plants, animals and microbes. The successful candidate will complement groups studying diverse aspects of genomics, bioinformatics, genetics, cell biology and biochemistry. They will participate in the undergraduate and graduate teaching programs of the Department.

The candidate must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in the sciences, with a proven ability to conduct innovative research.  The position is targeted at the rank of Assistant Professor and has a proposed start date of Sept. 1, 2019, subject to final budgetary approval.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority.  SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

Applicants should submit a single PDF containing a cover letter, CV, a concise research proposal (maximum 4 pages) and a statement of teaching philosophy. Include in the application the names and contact information for at least three referees. To apply, please fill out this online form and upload the application PDF.

If you have any questions, please contact the Chair’s Secretary at mbbchair@sfu.ca.  

Screening of application files will commence on January 5, 2019. This competition will remain open until the position is filled. Check here for further information on the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department at SFU.

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.

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

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Experimental Particle Physics

The Department of Physics at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Experimental Particle Physics. This is an appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. We are seeking a candidate to join the current particle physics program and to help shape the future activities of the SFU group. SFU physicists have taken prominent roles in ATLAS physics analysis, advanced analysis tools, calibration of physics objects, computing and detector instrumentation. An important requirement for this position is leadership in physics analysis, which is the ultimate goal of all the activities of the group.

The leading roles played by SFU in WestGrid and Compute Canada were motivated by SFU’s involvement in ATLAS computing and data handling. SFU is also the lead institute for the ATLAS-Canada Tier-1 Data Centre, which is a central hub in the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG). The Tier-1 has been housed at TRIUMF since 2003 and has moved to SFU in 2017/18. The successful candidate will take over the position of project leader for the Tier-1 centre. While the technical operation of the centre is handled by the Tier-1 staff, the project leader is responsible for the overall management of the centre, future planning, funding, and the interaction with ATLAS computing. Therefore, very good knowledge of high-performance computing, including the Grid architecture used by ATLAS for large-scale distributed computing would be an asset. SFU is also playing a leading role in building the next generation of ATLAS detectors, which includes ATLAS ITk strip-detector module fabrication at SFU 4D labs and TRIUMF. There will be an opportunity to work on these upgrades if the candidate is interested.

This position is contingent upon the applicant receiving a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair; applicants are encouraged to review the initial appointment and chair renewal details of the CRC Program. Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e. candidate must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Applicants who are more than 10 years from their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, including maternity leave, extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process; please see CRC website for eligibility details or contact the office for Institutional Strategic Awards. This CRC Chair is tenable for five years and is renewable once, however, this is an SFU tenure-track position. The position is subject to final approval by the University Board of Governors and CRC Secretariat.

Applicants should submit a full curriculum vitae with details of research, teaching and HQP training, scholarly record, funding and collaborations, and a 1-2 page research proposal. In addition, applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be supplied in confidence.

Address applications and reference letters to:
Dr. Jeff Sonier, Chair, Department of Physics, submitting via an online application form.

SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions can impact research achievements; candidates are encouraged to highlight how alternative paths and/or interruptions have impacted them in their application. SFU also recognizes the value of mentoring, professional service, and nontraditional areas of research and/or research outputs; demonstrated experience in increasing diversity at the previous institutional environment is also an asset. SFU also offers several benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible campus community for faculty; please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Services page for more details.

SFU is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 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 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, specifically Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Thus, candidates that belong to underrepresented groups in Physics are particularly welcome to apply.

SFU offers several 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. For questions regarding the CRC nomination process and SFU’s commitment to ensuring an open, fair, and transparent process please contact Catherine Stoddard, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at catherine_stoddard@sfu.ca.

This competition will remain open until the position is filled. Review of applications will commence on October 15, 2018. Any inquiries may be directed to Stephen Flach at physcsec@sfu.ca  

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for an Academic Appointment Competition will be collected. For further details, see the Collection Notice.

Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Statistics

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in Statistics at the Assistant Professor rank to commence September 1, 2019 (flexible). Any areas of expertise will be considered, but among the areas of particular interest are: Probability, Stochastic Processes, Time Series, Data Science, Statistical/Machine Learning, Computational Statistics, and Biostatistics.    

Candidates must have a PhD in Statistics or a closely related field, outstanding research record or potential, and evidence of excellence in teaching. We encourage applications from candidates who will engage in collaboration with other scientists who have data and/or work in related research areas.  Candidates must also have excellent interpersonal, computational, and communication skills.

The primary responsibilities of the position include developing and maintaining an active, externally funded research program; teaching a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in our department; and participating in departmental, university, and professional service. The successful candidate will also be expected to supervise students in our Master’s and PhD programs.

The application must include a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the position, a full curriculum vitae, a concise description of research area and program, a description of teaching experience and philosophy, and the names and addresses of four references.

Submit applications to the department Chair, Dr. Tom Loughin, care of the Chair’s Secretary, Kelly Jay, at stchsec@sfu.ca. Candidates should arrange to have the reference letters submitted directly to the same address on their behalf. Questions about the position can be directed to the same address.  Screening of applicants will commence on January 14, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.  

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is comprised of 18 continuing faculty members in Statistics, and five in Actuarial Science.  The department is recognized internationally for its academic excellence and was selected to become the new permanent home of the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) starting in 2019.  It is also well known on campus for its collegial culture; there is healthy mutual respect and interaction among faculty members within the department and with those in other departments.

Simon Fraser University’s main campus is located in Burnaby, BC, a suburb of Vancouver. The campus sits atop a forested mountain in a region renowned for its scenic beauty.  The metropolitan area offers tremendous opportunity for outdoor activities, as well as unparalleled cultural diversity.   Vancouver is perennially listed among the world’s most livable cities.

The position is subject to budgetary approval.

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

SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, 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 see the Collection Notice.

Tier I Canada Research Chair in Statistics and Actuarial Science
and CANSSI Scientific Director

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University (SFU), in partnership with the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI), is seeking applications for a faculty member at the rank of Professor, who will serve as the Scientific Director of CANSSI. The appointment as Scientific Director is for a five-year term. The appointee will be nominated for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair.

SFU, partnering with the University of British Columbia (UBC), has recently led an initiative to establish CANSSI’s first national headquarters at SFU’s Burnaby Campus. We seek a dynamic individual with abundant energy and strong interpersonal and administrative skills who will lead the start-up of the new headquarters and further the Institute’s mission to promote statistical sciences research and training both in Canada and internationally.

The position will be held in conjunction with a Tier I Canada Research Chair (CRC) within the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. This initiative is part of SFU’s strategic commitment to big data and more generally to data sciences, and The new CANSSI headquarters will be a cornerstone of the 25,000 square-foot Big Data Hub on SFU’s Burnaby Campus. Accordingly, candidates should be researchers in the statistical sciences with high international stature and have an outstanding active research program. This Tier 1 CRC is tenable for seven years and may be renewed for a second term. Interested applicants are invited to review the initial appointment and chair renewal details of the CRC Program.

As an SFU faculty member and CRC, the successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining an active research program, teaching a range of undergraduate or graduate courses in statistics, engaging in research supervision, and participating in department, University, and professional service. For the term as CANSSI Scientific Director, teaching and service responsibilities will be significantly reduced.

As CANSSI Scientific Director, the successful candidate will be responsible for the scientific leadership and overall operation of CANSSI. The Scientific Director serves a 5-year term and reports to the Board of Directors of CANSSI. The duties include overseeing CANSSI headquarters at SFU’s Burnaby campus; implementing CANSSI’s Strategic Plan; enhancing research partnerships within Canada and with groups throughout the world supporting education, training and communication in the statistical sciences; and exploring new opportunities for growth and funding.

Launched in November 2012, CANSSI is the national institute that advances the development, application, and communication of cutting-edge statistical and data science research and training. CANSSI builds multi-disciplinary collaborations with leadership in statistical science and data science and facilitates new linkages among researchers in academia, industry and government. CANSSI receives its major funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. CANSSI as a national not for profit corporation is accountable to its funders and to its institutional members. Originally a virtual institute, CANSSI will establish its physical headquarters on SFU’s main campus in the fall of 2018.

SFU’s main campus is located in Burnaby, BC, a suburb of Vancouver. The campus sits atop a forested mountain in a region renowned for its scenic beauty. The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science has 23 faculty members and roughly 60 graduate students. SFU is defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research, and far-reaching community engagement. The metropolitan area offers tremendous opportunity for outdoor activities, as well as unparalleled cultural diversity. Vancouver is perennially listed among the world’s most livable cities.

To apply, applicants should provide a letter of application addressing the qualities above; a full CV including details of research and teaching, scholarly record, funding, and list of collaborations/partnerships; and names and e-mail addresses of 4-5 referees. Materials should be sent to stchair@sfu.ca. Inquiries or nominations may be sent to Tom Loughin, Department Chair, at stchair@sfu.ca. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions can impact research achievements; candidates are encouraged to highlight how alternative paths and/or interruptions have impacted them in their application. SFU also recognizes the value of mentoring, professional service, and nontraditional areas of research and/or research outputs; demonstrated experience in increasing diversity at the previous institutional environment is also an asset. SFU also offers several 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.

All qualified candidates, both in Canada and outside Canada, are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Government of Canada regulations, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 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 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, specifically Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

For questions regarding the CRC nomination process and SFU’s commitment to ensuring an open, fair, and transparent process please contact Catherine Stoddard, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at catherine_stoddard@sfu.ca.

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. Applicants also agree that materials submitted by themselves and their listed references may be reviewed by select CANSSI board members for suitability as Scientific Director.

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