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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.

Lecturer - Physiology and Kinesiology

The Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (BPK) invites applications for a full-time Lecturer in Physiology and Kinesiology. Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, demonstrated excellence in university-level teaching, and advanced pedagogy experience. The successful candidate will be expected to teach six one-semester laboratory- and lecture-based courses per year.

The Lecturer in Physiology and Kinesiology will be responsible for the teaching and ongoing design of BPK 407 Human Physiology Laboratory, BPK 142 Introduction to Kinesiology and BPK 340 Active Health: Behaviour and Promotion. The Lecturer will also be expected to engage in continued pedagogical enhancement and may supervise undergraduate research projects. Duties include service to the Department, such as membership on departmental committees and participation in departmental events.

The candidate must have experience designing and teaching laboratory experiments dealing with the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal systems at an advanced undergraduate level.  Experience designing and teaching laboratory experiments on the principles of anthropometry, functional anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor learning at the introductory and advanced undergraduate levels is required. The candidate should also be able to teach theories and models of health behaviour in the context of intervention and promotion strategies.

The Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology takes a scientific approach to the study of human structure and function and their relation to health and movement. There are excellent teaching facilities available within the Department and the University. The Department has 25 research faculty and 9 continuing teaching faculty members, and is committed to excellence in research and teaching in the biomedical sciences. We have research foci in Neuromechanics, Cardiac Physiology, Chronic Disease, and Environmental Physiology, and provide training at the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels. Our undergraduate program includes majors in Biomedical Physiology, Kinesiology, and Behavioural Neuroscience. Undergraduate courses include core and elective courses in human physiology and kinesiology.

Review the responsibilities, terms and conditions of employment of continuing teaching faculty.

Simon Fraser University is located in Metro Vancouver and is consistently ranked as one of the top comprehensive universities in Canada. The Vancouver area is one of the world’s most desirable places to live and work.

Applications will be accepted until July  17, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.  The anticipated start date is September 1, 2018. Send applications as a single PDF file inclusive of (and bookmarked for) the following:

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • statements of teaching philosophy and experience
  • name, title, address, and,
  • e-mail of 3 references.

Email the PDF file to [bkpchair@sfu.ca]:
Dr. Angela Brooks-Wilson, Chair
Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology
Faculty of Science
Simon Fraser University,
Burnaby, V5A 1S6, Canada.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide a teaching portfolio before the interview.

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

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Human Cancer Biology

The Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure track position.  We are searching for an individual of outstanding promise who will develop a highly productive research program focused on Human Cancer Biology and contribute to the undergraduate and graduate teaching program of the Department.

The successful applicant will join and strengthen research groups in Cancer Genomics, Cancer Immunology and Cancer Cell Signaling and will have a desire to interact with colleagues within the department who have research programs encompassing many aspects of Genomics, Bioinformatics, Cell & Developmental Biology, Structural Biology, Immunology and Nucleic Acid Function.

The successful candidate will be expected to obtain a cross appointment at an appropriate rank in one of the research departments of the British Columbia Cancer Agency (BCCA).  It is anticipated that this will foster interactions and collaborations with scientists at the BCCA.

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, 2018, subject to final budgetary approval.

Applicants, please submit a single PDF containing

  • a cover letter
  • CV
  • a two page statement of research interests, and
  • a one page statement of teaching philosophy.

The names and contact information for at least three referees should be included 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 December 15, 2017.  This competition will remain open until the position is filled. Find further information on the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department at SFU here. Check here for further information about research at the BC Cancer Agency.

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.

Joint Faculty Position in Nuclear Medicinal Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at Simon Fraser University together with the Life Sciences division of TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, invite applications from qualified candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Nuclear Medicinal Chemistry. With the goal of leading our expansion into nuclear medicine, it is our vision that this jointly funded position will strengthen the connection between SFU’s Nuclear Science Program and TRIUMF.   The appointment is intended to take effect in September 2018, subject to final budgetary approval.  

Outstanding candidates with a commitment to excellence in research and teaching are being sought for this position.  The successful candidate will make use of the Life Science facilities at TRIUMF, and state-of-the-art research facilities at SFU (e.g. SFU High-Throughput Screening Facility, 4D Labs), to develop and maintain both an innovative, externally funded research program, and an excellent teaching record at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in Chemistry.  Candidates working broadly in the area of nuclear medicine are encouraged to apply.  All applicants will have a PhD degree and will normally have relevant. postdoctoral or industrial experience. 

While all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, Canadians 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 LGBTQ-identified persons.        

Applicants, please send a complete resume, a concise research proposal, a description of teaching interest and experience, and a list of three individuals willing to act as referees with their addresses, telephone and/or fax numbers, and e-mail addresses. Send all correspondence to:

Dr. Dipankar Sen, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby BC VSA 1S6 Canada
E-mail: chemchr@sfu.ca

The competition will remain open until February 6, 2017, and until the position is filled. Screening of applications will commence on January 15, 2017.

Please note:  We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  Please note that under 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

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor - Natural Hazards

The Department of Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professorship in Natural Hazards commencing as early as September 2018.  A PhD is required, and post-doctoral research, teaching or industry experience is desirable.

Qualified candidates will be considered for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (see below). The research activities of the successful candidate will complement the existing natural hazards research interests within the Department, while contributing to the expertise of the Department as a whole.

Candidates with expertise in remote sensing, risk assessment and mitigation, fieldbased observation and/or laboratory-based studies examining natural hazards, in particular, geological hazards, are encouraged to apply.   
 
The successful candidate will develop a strong, externally funded research program, and supervise both Master’s and doctoral students. Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate level courses, to support the environmental geoscience curriculum, for example, by teaching courses in Quaternary geology or environmental geoscience. The successful candidate is expected to eventually take on a leadership role in the Centre for Natural Hazards Research.
 
Check here for additional information about this position.
 
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University 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.
 
Applicants are requested to submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three referees. Electronic applications are preferred. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017.   
 
CRC Tier 2 Chairs

  • Tier 2 chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates 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 having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, 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 research grants office for more information.

Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.
 
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.
 
Direct applications or requests for further information to:
 
Dr. Brent Ward, Chair
Department of Earth Sciences
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Phone: 778-782-4229

E-mail: eascsec@sfu.ca   

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 sent to:

                                                Dr. Jeff Sonier, Chair

                                                Department of Physics

                                                Simon Fraser University

                                                8888 University Drive

                                                Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6

                                                E-mail: physchr@sfu.ca

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 Dr. Jeff Sonier at physchr@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.

 

Lecturer - Faculty Position

The Department of Physics at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada, invites applications for a faculty teaching position at the rank of Lecturer, commencing September 1, 2018. The main responsibilities of this position include teaching a minimum of four astronomy/physics courses per year, and managing the use of the Trottier Observatory for teaching and outreach events.

Applicants for the position must have a Ph.D. in Physics and/or Astronomy with knowledge and practical experience in both astronomy and the use of an optical telescope observatory. Candidates should also have a marked interest in, and demonstrated talent for, teaching at the undergraduate level.

The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, a strong commitment to excellence in communicating science to the public through outreach events, outstanding communication skills and great enthusiasm for new course and instructional laboratory development.

We expect to begin interviewing by February 19, 2018, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Trottier Observatory is the anchor of a high-profile public science courtyard situated near the centre of campus. Opened in 2015, the observatory houses a 0.7-m aperture reflector with sharp wide-field optics and a sophisticated control system, along with a variety of specialized cameras and spectrographs. The observatory and science courtyard are used to host a regular series of very popular star nights for the general public, and the observatory is used by a large group of students and local amateur astronomers to do sophisticated projects. Remote access to the observatory by schools throughout the province is planned.

All qualified 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.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a statement of teaching experience and philosophy. Candidates, please arrange for three letters of recommendation focusing on your teaching excellence, to be supplied in confidence. *

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

*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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