Canada Research Chair in Materials Science

May 16, 2012

The Department of Physics at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a prestigious Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Materials Science, with a focus on synthesis of correlated electron materials in single crystal form. Applicants should have internationally recognized expertise in this area and will have already made significant contributions to the growth and understanding of particular correlated electron systems.  In addition to materials growth, the CRC holder will be an excellent physicist in his or her own right, with skill in physical property measurement and theoretical interpretation. The ideal candidate will have interests in a wide range of materials, and the ability to respond quickly to new materials developments.  The successful candidate will teach graduate and undergraduate courses, supervise graduate students, and generally contribute to innovative teaching of physics at the university.

The CRC holder will join a strong team of experimental and theoretical researchers in correlated electron physics, and will also have the opportunity to form links with a broader group of researchers working on the physics, chemistry and applications of electronic materials. The CRC holder will have a clear vision for future directions in correlated electron materials research, and will set up a materials synthesis program that both builds on existing strengths at SFU, and sets the agenda for the types of materials problems that will be studied at SFU in the future. In addition, the CRC holder will have the ability to set up and manage a network of national (e.g., through CIFAR) and international collaborations, based on high quality single-crystal materials grown at SFU.

The CRC holder will have a joint affiliation with SFU's 4D LABS research institute, and will build linkages between the Departments of Physics and Chemistry, and the School of Engineering Science, by participating in collaborative projects in areas such as:

  • nanostructured materials
  • novel materials for sensors and actuators
  • materials for fuel cells
  • photovoltaics
  • magnetoelectric materials
  • molecular magnetism
  • novel dielectrics
  • molecular electronics
  • piezo- and ferroelectric materials, and
  • the fabrication of nanoscale devices on quantum materials.

He or she will join and further strengthen an already very strong experimental and theoretical research group working in these areas and, more generally, one of the strongest condensed matter physics groups in Canada. The projected start date is September 1, 2013, subject to approval by the CRC Secretariat. The appointment will be at the Associate or Full Professor level.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to an equity employment program that includes special measures to achieve diversity among its faculty and staff. We therefore particularly encourage applications from qualified women, aboriginal Canadians, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae as well as a concise research proposal and arrange for three letters of recommendation* to be sent to:

Dr. Simon Watkins, Chair
Department of Physics
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6

This competition will remain open until the position is filled. Screening of applications will commence on July 1, 2012.

*Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointments will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.

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