Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in Biochemical Approaches to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
Last updated: December 12, 2023, 9:54 a.m.
Job title: Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in Biochemical Approaches to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
Position code: 23_C_CHEM_M
Date posted: October 31, 2023
Application deadline: February 2, 2024
Advertised until: Position is filled
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia University invites applications for a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in Biochemical Approaches to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance, a research-intensive tenure-track faculty position. We are seeking candidates who will develop a research program focusing on aspects of the biochemistry of combating antimicrobial resistance. This may include an interest in directed evolution and the design and optimization of antimicrobial-producing enzymes from existing and novel biosynthetic pathways, and the development of strategies to inhibit enzymes critical to pathogen survival. Additional research areas of interest related to the position include protein engineering, protein structure, and protein morphogenesis.
Qualifications and assets
Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry or a related discipline, relevant postdoctoral experience and demonstrated research expertise in at least one of the research areas of interest. The successful candidate will provide evidence of a superior publication record and a demonstrated ability to attract substantial external funding for an evolving research program, taking into full consideration career stage, career breaks and special circumstances. The candidate also will have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education and mentoring, the potential to attract and retain excellent and diverse trainees, strong leadership potential, and the potential to achieve international recognition as required by the CRC Tier II program including, but not limited to, invitations to speak at scientific conferences and interviews and knowledge transfer activities.
Candidates eligible for Tier II chair positions must be excellent emerging scholars within 10 years of their highest degree at the time of nomination (exclusive of career interruptions). Potential Tier II candidates who are more than 10 years from their highest degree should take note that certain career interruptions may still make them eligible for nomination. Potential candidates are encouraged to submit a formal justification by means of the Tier II Justification Assessment Form, which will be considered in the review of applications. Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria and acceptable justifications to the extension of the eligibility term.
Notwithstanding the above and irrespective of their submission of a formal justification, candidates are encouraged to share any career interruptions or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on their career goals (such as the decision to have a family, eldercare, illness, and so forth) in their letter of application. These will be carefully considered in the assessment process. The Department values diversity among its faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. Concordia University is an English-language institution of higher learning at which the primary language of instruction and research is English. Since this position supports academic functions of the university, proficiency in English is required. Working knowledge of French, including reading and grading student work in French, is an asset.
How to apply
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applicants must include one of the following statements:
Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
Application packages should be addressed to Dr Paul Joyce, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and must include a cover letter clearly identifying the title and position code [23_C_CHEM_M], a comprehensive curriculum vitae, a 5-page description of their planned research program highlighting its innovation, a 1-page summary of their most significant research contributions to date, a 2-page statement of teaching and training philosophy and interests, and three letters of support. Applications should be submitted electronically to email@example.com, with the subject heading CRC Application by February 2, 2024, but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. The appointment is expected to commence in August 2024. All inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Dr Paul Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Possible examples to demonstrate a diverse experience may include, but are not limited to:
- teaching about underrepresented populations
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- participation in training and workshops
All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.
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Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtià:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.
Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applications must include one of the following statements:
Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.